Hey everyone! We have a member
of our England AFB Family that has written a military novel about fighter pilots
and military families and guess what, the story is set at a fictional base named
Beauregard AFB in central LA. (Yes, England AFB is the model for
the fictional base in the story, The Final Salute.) Her name is Kathleen Rodgers.
Her husband flew A-10's at England AFB from 1988 to 1991.
Click here for her website where you can get more information about Kathleen and the book. You can now purchase the book at Amazon.
Update: Navigator Books just released "The Final Salute" last week on Kindle and with a brand new cover! Click here for Amazon/Navigator Books.
When Planes Stop and Base Closes
Silence Will Hurt Most
by Kathleen M. Rodgers
The Greatest Generation Aircraft Foundation is restoring
the last flyable A-26A (B-26K) and we plan to take it to
the Memorial Service Flyover next OCT at Hurlburt during
the Air Commando Association Reunion. We are based
in Ft Worth, TX so it would be logical to stop at England.
Our aircraft is 64-17679 and was used at England for
training crews headed to Thailand. She is the last of her
kind so while we are making every effort to have her
ready for the trip, we will not shortcut the restoration.
Will keep you informed. It would be fitting to let the folks
of Alexandria hear and see the airplane one more time!
The picture below was taken at Davis-Monthan AFB
about 1970. Note the IF tail code. We plan to use the
same as a tribute to England. Best regards, Jim