Doyle W. Hastie enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and graduated from pilot training in April 1944. He flew 171 combat missions in fighter type aircraft during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He is credited with three air victories. During WW II he was shot down by enemy ground fire. He successfully bailed out of his burning plane and was rescued by the French Army.
He joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 1948 and served as commander of the 185th Fighter Bomber Squadron, Commander of the 137th Fighter Interceptor Group, and Vice Commander of the 137th Air Transport Wing, Heavy. He was responsible for the training of crews and pilots in P-51, F-80, F-86L and C-97s.
Hastie was responsible for the operation of a special mission aircraft assigned to the Oklahoma Air National Guard. The specially equipped C-97E, 51–224, the “Miss Oklahoma City” also known as the “Talking Bird.” From 1961 though 1963 the aircraft was used as an airborne command post to maintain constant secure communications between the nation’s capital and President John F. Kennedy during his visits to foreign countries. In performance of duty for this operation he received commendations from the White House.
Decorations and Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal (Germany); National Defense Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Good Conduct medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal.