Civil War veteran poses with a fighter jet, 1955

His interesting picture shows an alleged Civil War veteran from Florida enjoying himself next to a fighter jet. Claiming to be a member of the Confederate Army, William Lundy was 107 years old when this photograph was taken for an article in the Boston Traveler in 1955.

It should be noted that Lundi's actual age and military service have been heavily disputed over the years. William Lundy was reportedly born on January 18, 1848, near Troy in Pike County, Alabama (also reported in Coffee Springs, Coffee County).

He is said to have been recruited in the last days of March 1864 at the age of 16; Company D (Brown), 4th Alabama Cavalry Regiment (Home Guard) in Elba; And due to the end of the war, Elba was honorably discharged in May 1865.

He moved his family to Laurel Hill in 1890, where he and his wife, Mary Jane Lassiter, raised ten children. He was given a federal soldier's pension in Florida, no. 8948, a payment of $600 per year effective June 12, 1941.

However, the 1860 census records show that Lundy was born in 1859, which would mean that he was only six years old at the end of the Civil War—meaning he could never fight in it—and 98 when his died.

Furthermore, research in 2016 found no evidence in favor of either Lundy or his father serving.

The plane shown in the picture is a North American F-100 Super Saber. The F-100 flew extensively in South Vietnam as the Air Force's primary close air support jet, until replaced by the more efficient subsonic LTV A-7 Corsair II.

The F-100 also served with other NATO air forces and other US allies. In its later life, it was often referred to as the Hun, which was a shortened version of "one hundred".

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