Southwest Pilot Flies Home Remains of Fallen Vietnam Veteran Father

Southwest Pilot Flies Home Remains of Fallen Vietnam Veteran Father

Southwest Pilot Flies Home Remains of Fallen Vietnam Veteran Father

As he made the emotional landing on Thursday to the runway, and finally brought his dad home, a large crowd gathered at the airport.

Roy Knight Jr. of Milsaps, Texas was fighter pilot who was shot down on a mission in northern Laos on May 19, 1967.

Efforts to excavate the crash site began in 1991, but a team was unable to recover any remains until earlier this year. 8, 2019, the remains of the pilot whose plane was shot down in 1967 during the Vietnam War have been returned to Texas by a commercial jet flown by his son.

Knight's return was reportedly announced over the intercom at the airport on Thursday, where travelers and airport employees stopped to observe the fighter pilot's casket being removed. The Southwest captain had arranged to be the one to fly the remains of Col. Roy Knight into Love Field on the last leg of a long journey that started more than 50 years ago, per Business Insider. He was assigned as the pilot in charge of flight WN 1220, from Oakland to Love Field in Dallas for that flight. Fifty-two years later, Bryan Knight, now a captain with Southwest Airlines, flew his father's flag-draped coffin back to Love Field for burial.

The camera pans to the passengers, some of whom became visibly tearful.

Canadian journalist Jackson Proskow, who happened to be waiting at the gate where Knight's plane was arriving, documented the "incredible moment" in a series of moving posts on Twitter. "The entire airport fell silent". There were no garbled announcements, no clickity-clack of rolling suitcases over the tile floor, no shouting over cell phones.

"It was peaceful, it was lovely and it was a privilege to watch", he added.

Col. Roy Knight will be buried in Weatherford, Texas on Saturday. "There's a lot to this, there's competing emotions, not only because he's coming home. which is a good thing, it is a very good thing, but there's also the aspect that we're reliving the loss". "Your job and your duty as a family, as a child, is to have hope. We'll have a place where we can honor him".

"To be able do this, to bring my father home, I'm very, very honored and very lucky".

Knight's welcome home ceremony stands in contrast to the conditions of the U.S.'s fewer than 850,000 living Vietnam veterans, many of whom still suffer from the aftereffects of combat.

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