About General Charles G. Boyd
“Charles Graham Boyd is a retired four-star general of the United States Air Force. Boyd is a highly decorated combat pilot who served in Vietnam; and is the only Vietnam War prisoner of war (1966-1973) to reach the four-star rank.”
- Flew F100s and F105s in SE Asia during Vietnam War
- Shot down on April 22, 1966 while on his 105th mission
- POW for 2,488 days in various prisons in North Vietnam. Released from Vietnam prison on February 12, 1973 as part of Operation Homecoming
- Final assignment was as Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.
2008 BMW R1200GS
This 2008 BMW R1200GS was a gift to General Boyd. The bike was designed to replicate that of a fighter plane, spotlight the General’s air force career, thank him and honor him for the sacrifices he made for his country, and celebrate his extraordinary will to survive. Not only did the General survive 7 years as a Vietnam POW, he fought and survived a diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer. When he was diagnosed, he told the doctors, “I don’t kill easy.” And, indeed he did not. After beating the cancer, to celebrate his victory, in the fighter pilot tradition of doing a “Victory Roll” after shooting down an enemy, Boyd invited his motorcycle buddies to join him on a Victory Roll Ride. At the start he was presented with this machine you see on display today.
355th Fighter Wing
“The 355th Fighter Wing has earned a heroic combat lineage. During the Vietnam War the 355th Fighter Wing was one of the first to see combat, and employed the F-105 and A-7 in thousands of missions against targets across North Vietnam.”
510th Fighter Squadron
The 510th Fighter Squadron provides combat airpower on demand to U.S. and NATO combatant commanders as well as the National Command Authority in order to meet National Security objectives. At the start of the Vietnam War, the 510th was located at Clark AB in Philippines, later relocated to Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam, the birth place of the “BienHoa Buzzards”. In Vietnam, the 510th flew over 27,200 combat missions.