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Remains of USAF Pilot Killed In Vietnam War Returned Home To DAL By WN Captain Son

Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:39 pm

Looks as if it must have been a remarkable moment at Love Field. Just reading the tributes and watching the video almost brought me to tears. RIP Colonel Knight.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/vi ... n-n1040561
 
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WN Captain Flys Father Home after being M.I.A.

Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:36 am

Captain Knight flew his father on one last flight before laying him to rest after being shot down and M.I.A. during Vietnam! He was only 5 when he saw his father for the last time.

https://www.khou.com/mobile/article/new ... abcd937ee7
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Re: WN Captain Flys Father Home after being M.I.A.

Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:25 am

Saw this on Twitter. This is about as incredible as it gets. I'm glad the father and son were finally re-united.
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Re: WN Captain Flys Father Home after being M.I.A.

Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:54 am

flyiguy wrote:
Captain Knight flew his father on one last flight before laying him to rest after being shot down and M.I.A. during Vietnam! He was only 5 when he saw his father for the last time.

https://www.khou.com/mobile/article/new ... abcd937ee7


Last time he saw his father was at Love Field, where he was able to fly him home to all these decades later, this is a beautiful & touching story in many ways. I saw this on the CBS evening news.
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Re: WN Captain Flys Father Home after being M.I.A.

Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:26 am

I'm just getting "Access denied" on the link

Edit: It's a geographical thing, I'm in the UK. It works fine when I VPN to a US server

RIP Col. Roy Knight Jr.
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Re: WN Captain Flys Father Home after being M.I.A.

Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:39 am

Literally tears in my eyes watching the videos in that link. A wonderful ending to an emotional story for a family that have given so much.
 
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Re: WN Captain Flys Father Home after being M.I.A.

Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:19 am

Absolutely amazing story.
 
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Re: WN Captain Flys Father Home after being M.I.A.

Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:10 am

aviatorcraig wrote:
I'm just getting "Access denied" on the link

Edit: It's a geographical thing, I'm in the UK. It works fine when I VPN to a US server

RIP Col. Roy Knight Jr.


Hi. I am also in the UK and the link worked fine on my I pad. Maybe just a gremlin.
 
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WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:13 am

Bryan Knight was 5 years old, 52 years ago, when it would be the last time he saw his father, Roy Knight, Jr. alive as he left from Dallas Love Field to serve as a fighter pilot in Vietnam. Due to the hostile and difficult location of his father's remains, near the Laos-Vietnam border where his fighter plane was shot down, they were not recovered and identified until early this year. The remains were released earlier this week from a processing facility in Hawaii, then they were flown to Oakland airport. The remains were then flown from Oakland to Dallas Love Field by that son, Bryan, a captain for WN. There was a ceremony of honor during the transfer of the remains from the plane, 1000's on the tarmac and in the terminal stopped in honor of the now home father. What a good story from Texas after all the terrible ones we have seen this week.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/0 ... /23790415/
 
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Re: WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:44 am

Brings tears to my eyes. Words alone cannot adequately describe the emotions.
 
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Re: WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:57 am

Brings a lump in my throat for 2 reasons; I'm the same age as that Southwest Captain
and spent many days at Love Field watching planes as a little kid.
Also.....My Dad past away just over 5 years ago , so hits close to home :)
 
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Re: WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:03 am

Thank you itbewr for posting that. Very emotional, can't even come up with words. That's the airline employee story that I want to know about!
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Re: WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:27 am

Very, very nice. I watched the video of this event a couple of times and I did not see the captain in the crowd that greeted his father's casket as it was taken off the plane. Was he there or did he remain in the cockpit?
 
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Re: WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:34 am

dfwjim1 wrote:
Very, very nice. I watched the video of this event a couple of times and I did not see the captain in the crowd that greeted his father's casket as it was taken off the plane. Was he there or did he remain in the cockpit?

Definitely a great moment, tough to hold back the tears.

There’s a couple videos out there, one showed him on the tarmac with who I presume is his wife. Hats off to WN for how they handled it. Kudos to the Regional Approach controller for his message on behalf of him and his colleagues as well.
 
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Re: WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:56 am

Must watch. Video of the event from Southwest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JAMyqdMj_g
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Re: WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:41 am

737max8 wrote:
Must watch. Video of the event from Southwest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JAMyqdMj_g


I did, and I subscribed to that YouTube channel.

ltbewr wrote:
What a good story from Texas after all the terrible ones we have seen this week.


Amen. God bless the Knight family!
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Re: WN Pilot Flies Father's Vietnam War Remains Home

Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:36 pm

An amazing tribute has surfaced from Jerry Anderson -


"Like many of you, I saw the video of the event on August 8 when Southwest Captain Bryan Knight flew the remains of his father, Col. Roy Knight, Jr., back to Dallas Love Field, the same airport where as a 5-year-old boy he had last seen his father as he left for war in 1967. It was a poignant moment, and as is often the case, an image popped into my head. I did a little research and came up with this, and sent a print to Capt. Knight. He called me the other evening and he is a super nice guy. This art thing can be pretty cool sometimes."


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