(RIP) George H W Bush Passes away (Navy Pilot?)

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    Keeping politics out of it. I didn't know George HW was a Navy Pilot here are some facts:

    • Enlisted in U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday - June 12, 1942
    • Earned the "Wings of Gold" Naval Aviator Rating June 9, 1943 at the age of 18 years, 11 months, and 27 days
    • Qualified as carrier pilot on USS Sable August 24, 1943
    • Assigned to VT-51 aboard the new carrier San Jacinto CVL-30 as part of Task Force 58 in May, 1944
    • Doomed flight on September 2, 1944, while attacking Japanese held island of Chichi Jima he was shot down and lost his two crewmen: John Delaney ARM-3C, and Lt. (JG) Ted White, Squadron Ordinance Officer
    • Rescued by the submarine Finback SS-230
    • Returned to his squadron and flew twelve more missions, thereby totaling 58 combat missions.
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    http://www.capitalwing.org/tbm_bush.asp?menuID=20~20~21~21~23~23


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    Interesting factoid...

    He was discussing this at a convention and mentioned that he hit the tail when he bailed out due to neglecting to actually jump first. He said something to the effect that if he ever had the opportunity to jump out of an airplane again, he wanted to do it right. That led to him becoming the only president to skydive.

    http://www.joejennings.com/Bush1.htm
     
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    I have always admired President Bush. RIP. Job well done and life well lived.
     
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    Yes, he was. There is a WWII aircraft carrier in Charleston, SC you can tour. They have one of the dive bombers on board that he flew. I think it was a Hellcat? Not sure I have that right.
     
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    One of the greatest public servants this country has ever seen.

    Navy pilot
    US House of Representatives
    Ambassador to the UN
    Chairman of the RNC
    Envoy to China
    CIA Director
    Vice President
    President

    And he did it all in a dignified manner. A lesson others should learn.
     
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    Look up "Public Servant" in the dictionary and you'll see his picture. RIP
     
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    Also interesting as documented in a book that included his Pacific shootdown by the Japanese; other crews shot down and captured around the same island were slain and eaten by the enemy.


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    Not only do i beleive he was a good man, but he represented an era where politics didnt determine personal friendships, what news channel we watched, what sports we would watch, how close we were to other family members, and political affliation of opposite persusion than your own didnt make the other side less patriotic.

    Rest In Peace my fellow pilot and Great American.
     
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    Fly Boys. Excellent book. Read it in Iraq back in 2004.
     
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    Sad.

    but 94! what a run.
    I recall being impressed that he would skydive on his birthday every year. I believe he did this into his 80s.
    Not 100% sure on that but.

    I was still pretty young when he was president so my memory of him was the skydiving after his presidency and as a president, all I recall is the "Read my lips" thing.
    Sounds like he had several lifetimes crammed into one life.
     
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    What a full life he led. All for the love of this country.

    Not to forget the longest married presidential couple. I was afraid he would not last much longer after his wife passed away. I was not aware that they had a daughter pass away at age 3 in 1958.


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    Go visit his Presidential Library at Texas A&M. Great pictures and stories. Worth the time to learn about a good man. We loved seeing Mr. and Mrs. Bush in town, whether at a baseball game, at dinner, or lighting the Christmas tree at the Library. I'll miss them both and take comfort that they're together again.

    Robin has been buried at the Library since it was built. Mr. and Mrs. Bush will be with her there. Beautiful grounds.
     
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    The campaign that resulted in his reelection loss certainly began a downward spiral in American politics. Nowhere to go but up from here though. Hopefully.
     
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    A well respected gentleman, to be sure. I used to have his and Barbara's photo on my mantle (probably machine signed, who knows) until a water leak destroyed it.
     
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    President Bush was an patrician, an American aristocrat in the finest sense. In my lifetime he compares well with President Carter, who was a bit of a religious zealot and puritan, but also in the finest sense.

    I didn’t care for either man as a political leader in their time but I realized overtime that they were good men who knew what service meant and lived accordingly.

    RIP President Bush


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    Do not let this thread veer into a discussion of the current President.

    RIP, 41.
     
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    Too late. There was one post that started the spiral.
     
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    I remember running into him at the rec center one year when I was at A&M. He was working out with the common folks and didn’t think anything of using machines right next to us students. He stopped to take pictures and shake hands with anyone who asked and did it all with a smile.

    I had a friend who worked at the only fancy restaurant in town at the time. The waitress waiting on 41 was so nervous her hands were shaking when she brought drinks out to President Bush and his wife. The story goes that he grabbed her hand and said, “Don’t be nervous. I once threw up on the emperor of Japan.”

    41 was a true gentleman and his dedication to public service was something I think we can all admire.
     
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    The book was Fly Boys.
     
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    What? Are we unable to recover from a spiral here? I thought we were all superpilots. ;)

    All kidding aside, if we can't control ourselves, we need to take it elsewhere.
     
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    He flew a Torpedo Bomber, the TBF Avenger. The Hellcat was a Fighter.

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    “I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!”

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    My kind of guy. :p

    He was comfortable with people. Here's then-VP Bush at the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 1987:

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    Way to make it NOT about the person who died. Classy post

    RIP GHWB
     
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    Pilots and politics don’t mix. Keep the wings level and focus on the aviation aspect. Enjoy your Saturday PoAers.
     
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    It's a crappy job, usually ascended to by amatuers and semi-amateurs, with no way to prep except OJT. Anyone who can navigate it with any semblence of effectiveness has probably done OK.

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    Last time was when he was 90. I believe he was the longest-lived of any of the presidents.
     
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    True, but Jimmy Carter can claim the title in another four months or so.
     
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    I read a book on the battles at ChiChi Jima. It was not to far from Iwo Jima and served as a radio post. There were POWs on the island and the Japanese were known to eat their captives. Eating the heart, liver etc of your opponent was considered powerful.

    The attack against the radio outpost resulted in Pres Bush being shot down. The Japanese on the island was sending a boat to get Bush when the submarine surfaced to rescue him.
     
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    Too late. Some insensitive jackass already did, demonstrating his thoughts and actions are no better than the very person he was denegrating instead of just saying “A true gentleman”

    ****es me off when someone, especially a VETERAN, died after giving so much to this country... and people take the opportunity to advance their unrelated and unsolicited thoughts and opinions. It’s beyond rude. It’s being a ****ty human being. Have some respect for someone who gave more to this country that you ever did or ever will.

    If you can’t say something nice or respectful, don’t say anything at all.
     
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    One day the owner of a company I used to work for took us to the Houston club he was a member of. We walked into their private reataurant and as we turned the corner, there was George and Barbara having lunch. I have never met a President or even a Senator. I was a bit taken back. We were seated 3 tables down from them and had to keep myself the whole time from turning around and watching them. So now I just tell people I had lunch with George HW Bush. :)
     
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    Watching tv coverage of his final arrival at Andrews on AF1. :(
     
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    Did a college tour there with my son 4 years ago ... that's a GREAT library!

    Attended the NCAA Final Four in HOUSTON a few years back. They were both there and having a great time. It was also Charles Barkley's FIRST NCAA Final Four Tournament, and he was over the moon with the excitement/atmosphere as well. One of the best father-son events I've attended.
     
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    Mr. Bush comes home to College Station on Thursday. Town is pretty much shutting down ahead of the procession. He deserves the respect he'll receive.
     
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    RIP. Thanks for your service, sincerely.
     
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    I thought it might be cool to fly over the train as it takes him from Spring to College station to take photos, but I'll most likely be busy at work. The only TFRs I see are in Spring and College station, but nothing in between. They're inviting people to come out and watch as the train goes by.
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    Wouldn’t mind a model of that train to keep my Phantoms and 747s company.

    I find it rather interesting that we had a run of presidents, from Kennedy to Bush senior, with the exception of Reagan, that were Navy veterans.