GEN. DANIEL “CHAPPIE” JAMES: During the Vietnam War, James flew 75 combat missions including the infamous Operation BOLO mission where seven communist MiG-21 aircraft were destroyed. Operation BOLO was a deception-based mission intended to trick enemy fighter aircraft into battle where American fighters held the advantage. Later, he would serve as the vice commander of then-Military Airlift Command, located at Scott. Scott AFB has a fitness center named after him.
These are historical photos from Scott AFB in honor of the base celebrating its centennial.