|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.
Update: The book was just reissued by a new publisher. Like in the old Kindle edition, A-10s adorn the cover but the book has been re-edited and repackaged and is back out in paperback and e-book from Deer Hawk Publishing.
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|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
Reynolds, GGA www.gaa1.org
I know all of our viewers have read the articles
below about Kathleen Rodgers and of course
her book "The Final Salute". Her husband Tom
has now made history and we would like to share
just a little bit from Kathleen's Facebook page.
Tom served a tour at England AFB before it
closed. Congratulations Tom!
To see the full story go to Kathleen's Facebook