Navy performs largest-ever 21 aircraft flyover at Bush funeral

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Thursday, December 6, 2018
Navy jets perform 'missing man' flyover for George HW Bush
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Navy jets perform 'missing man' flyover for George HW Bush

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KTRK) -- Multiple Navy fighter jets roared in waves over the funeral of President George H.W. Bush in College Station on an overcast Thursday afternoon.

The formation was a planned and unprecedented 21-aircraft 'missing man' flight over Texas A&M.

The missing man flight is an aerial salute in which one aircraft flies away from the formation to signify the passing of an aviator.

Thirty F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, flew to College Station for the funeral.

Bush was one of the youngest Navy aviators in history, earning his wings at the age of 18.

During World War II, Bush was shot down in the Pacific near the island of Chichijima. After being rescued he went on to fly 58 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.