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Navy salute to George H.W. Bush:
Record-breaking 21-jet memorial flyover in Texas

Washington Examiner, by Maria Biery

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/6/2018 5:30:10 AM

The U.S. Navy will honor the late President George H.W. Bush with a record-breaking 21-aircraft memorial flyover formation on Thursday when the president is laid to rest in College Station, Texas. Naval aviators will fly in a "missing man" formation, which typically only involves four planes. The tribute to Bush will mark the largest missing man formation ever performed, according to Navy officials. "A missing man flyover is symbolic of the departure one of the members of our squadron, members of our air wing, and in this case, our Navy," said Capt. Kevin McLaughlin,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/6/2018 6:23:05 AM     (No. 11854269)

It will be a sight to behold and well deserved.

Having been born and grown up in Pensacola, Florida, the cradle of Naval Aviation, those pilots hold a special place in my heart

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Reply 2 - Posted by: M2, 12/6/2018 6:24:48 AM     (No. 11854270)

Trying to find some good video the flyover and cannot.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Not gonna take it anymore, 12/6/2018 6:48:06 AM     (No. 11854281)

It hasn´t happened yet.

According to the U.S. Navy, the memorial flyover and missing man formation jets will be over President and First Lady Bush in College Station, TeAS, at 16.15 CST Thursday.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 12/6/2018 7:21:08 AM     (No. 11854321)

I can hardly wait. It will be a sight to behold. Keep an eye on the flyover time as it may change +/-.

A 21-jet salute will be a first for the Navy.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 12/6/2018 7:34:02 AM     (No. 11854354)

Praying it all goes as planned.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lakerman1, 12/6/2018 7:34:08 AM     (No. 11854355)

After what Barack Obola did to military readiness, I´m surprised the Navy can put 21 aircraft in the air.
Speaking of the Navy, can any of you people tell me what the function was of the little lady officer who was part of the funeral procession? She was not counting cadence - a male officer was.
It almost looked like she had wandered into the procession, and was hanging out with the guys.
And why no female pallbearers? Was that a subtle recognition that strong men are needed to navigate the Capitol steps?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/6/2018 8:02:06 AM     (No. 11854392)

Does anyone know how the honor guard carrying the president´s casket is chosen or selected? What an honor, indeed.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Jeremiah29_11, 12/6/2018 8:34:39 AM     (No. 11854437)

The “little” lady was a Navy Captain... 4 stripes on her sleeves. That is the same rank as a full Bird Colonel in the Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/6/2018 9:43:01 AM     (No. 11854533)

#7, I think every branch of the military has members who are assigned honor guard duty. It takes quite a bit of training. My father in law had an honor guard when he was buried at the Naval Cemetary in Pensacola, FL.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: NancyD, 12/6/2018 10:37:31 AM     (No. 11854612)

#7. There was a special on the honor guard I think it was on Fox News. These soldiers are assigned to the duty for 2-3 years, they train constantly and know it’s an honor beyond belief. The head solider was the one interviewed and he was present at President HW Bush’s funeral yesterday. You may be able to find the video interview on YouTube I don’t know how they do it. I’d be crying throughout the entire thing.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Lana720, 12/6/2018 10:47:13 AM     (No. 11854623)

Today’s honors could possibly, maybe not, pale in comparison to the words spoken by Meacham, Simpson, Mulroney, George W. Bush, or the pastor from Houston yesterday. All who heard those words, shored up by the prayers and beautiful music, have got to be different today.
Thanks to the family for sharing your grief and love of your father.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Dickbburn, 12/6/2018 10:55:40 AM     (No. 11854635)

I couldn´t tell for sure, but I think her corps insignia (above her stripes) indicated that she was a Christian chaplain. I thought she looked odd by wearing a male cap, but maybe that is the standard now.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Smart11344, 12/6/2018 12:46:12 PM     (No. 11854772)

Well deserved. RIP GHWB. Amen.

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