VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Eight squadrons were scheduled to leave Naval Air Station Oceana Tuesday morning for Texas to take part in funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush.
U.S. Navy officials said the squadrons will perform a 21 aircraft missing man flyover as part of the service. It is one of the highest honors a naval aviator can receive.
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The squadrons taking part in the service include: Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, the “Jolly Rogers”; VFA-143, the “Pukin’ Dogs”; VFA-32, the “Swordsmen”; VFA-83, the “Rampagers”; VFA-131, the “Wildcats”; VFA-105, the “Gunslingers”; VFA-31, the “Tomcatters”; and VFA-87, the “GoldenWarriors.”
The flyover is scheduled to take place Thursday, Dec. 6, during a ceremony at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.
Bush, who passed away Friday at the age of 94, joined the Navy when he was 18 and was one of the youngest pilots to get his wings.