Skip to comments.Vietnam-era fliers buried side-by-side at Arlington
Posted on 09/23/2013 4:40:39 PM PDT by Doogle
Buried for more than 40 years inside the plane they were flying when they were shot down over Laos in 1969, Major James Sizemore and his navigator Major Howard Andre made their final journey home Monday to Arlington National Cemetery, where they were laid to rest just the way they flew: side by side.
A single bugler played TAPS as the families of the airmen gathered and two horse drawn caissons made their way through the cemetery.
Overhead, eight civilian pilots performed a tribute flyover at their own expense after the Air Force said it couldnt perform a traditional flyover due to sequestration budget cuts.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
No fly over? Budget cuts?
How about cutting some welfare and give these guys a proper send off to the great beyond.
there was a flyover...just privately funded..
Yeah, I read that. Not good enough.
Fox news had story. USAF said no money for fly over, so a volunteer group put on a farewell flight of a Douglas B-26 Invader and 2 NA P-51 Mustangs. The two pilots flew and died in their B-26 in Vietnam
THANKS TO THESE FOLKS...
Gone but NOT Forgotten...
DONAHUE, MORGAN JEFFERSON
Name: Morgan Jefferson Donahue
Rank/Branch: Major/US Air Force
Unit: 606th Special Operations Squadron,
56th Special Operations Wing
Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
Date of Birth: 02 May 1944
Home of Record: Alexandria, VA
Date of Loss: 13 December 1968
Country of Loss: Laos
Yeah, Air Force said no money...
Tell it to Obozo’s DOGS flying to Marxist Vineyard for the family vaycay or Mooch flying all over the country telling us how to eat....
Damn, there are days when it’s hard to care about this country...
yeah these two guys were out of NKP too....
Yeah, its tough to swallow some of what goes on theses days.
God bless those volunteers.
But the IRS is still producing their Star Terk parodies and Obamaphones are still being allocated their monthly minutes.
How much more will we take.
300 million to PUCKistan this year...same people who hid UBL
Yep, dark days.....
It was more than just these 3 aircraft. Warrior Aviation is the civilian outfit that gave the flyby and one flight was the standard "Missing Man" 4 which looked to be straight wing fighters, maybe F-80s? Their web site has a spot for a $50 donation to cover the probable cost of $24k just in avgas and jet fuel.
The government did cooperate in giving the needed permissions; Eight civilian pilots honored the veterans, arranging permission from the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, and FAA with an aerial tribute above Washington.
The jet fly over was L-39’s. Former soviet block trainers that are popular here as sport planes.
No money for a fly over by the Air Force for these heroes and their loved ones yet the Air Force has money to fly Clown Prince nobama, his grifter family & hangers-ons and his pinheaded staff all over the world at their whim. Disgusting.
Obama could stay home from one Flight in Air Force One and pay for the flyover. Or a couple of helicopter flight to play golf at Andrews.
Thanks for the ping. May they rest in peace. And blessings to the fly-over volunteers.
local fox news just showed the fly over by the 2 Mustangs & 1 B-26. There very well may have been more, out of camera view.
True, as I think that there were 2 flights because Fox News Channel definitely showed a flight of four jets with one pulling up in the classic "Missing Man" formation. PilotDave agrees in post #19, and states that the planes are Czech Aero L-39 Albatros single engine trainers. This jibes with the story citing 8 pilots doing the flyover(s) which would be 2 in the A-26 and singles in the 2 P-51s and 4 L-39s.
Overhead, eight civilian pilots performed a tribute flyover ...
Thanks. And now the pilot being interviewed in a flight suit next to some type of jet makes sense. It was a tight shot of the pilot and all I saw was a bit of wing and intake.