U.S. Navy honors President Bush with 21-plane flyover

Published: Dec. 6, 2018 at 4:59 PM CST
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The Navy has honored former President George H.W. Bush with a 21-plane flyover in a missing man formation before he was laid to rest alongside his wife and daughter.

The F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana left Virginia Beach Tuesday for Texas.

Captain Kevin McLaughlin, Commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, led the mission. He joined the Navy during Bush's presidency.

"To be even a small part of this ceremony means a lot to me," he said on the flight line Tuesday before departing for Texas.

The 41st president was buried Thursday at a private service on the grounds of his presidential library in College Station on the Texas A&M campus.

Bush was also honored with a 21-cannon salute and the sounding of "Taps."

The flyover was performed as an honor guard, close friends and relatives accompanied Bush's casket to his family's burial plot.

The Navy says these squadrons from NAS Oceana took part in the fly-over:

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”

VFA-87, the “GoldenWarriors"

The flag draped over the casket will be presented to Bush's daughter, Doro Bush Koch.

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