Valdosta, GA -- May 20, 2011
CG Col Clarence Parker AT:00
"May God bless our troops and veterans and may God bless America. George W Bush."
As Colonel Clarence Parker read a letter from President George W Bush, hundreds of airmen remembered the Flying Tigers American legacy.
Col Michael O'Dowd AT: 18
"When we go into battle, the group always does exceptionally well. That is our claim to fame, that is our passion."
That same passion lead President Bush to Moody Air Force Base in the sixties. And now, a dedication ceremony names Moody's newest field the "George W Bush Air Park."
Parker says, "His instructor pilots reported to me that he was a good pilot. They called it a good stick. He flew well and had a lot of initiative in learning to fly."
President Bush, a Flying tiger himself, had pilot training here from 1968 to 1969.
Parker adds, ""He made friends easily. He was friendly with all the people he associated with and he was a party guy. He loved to go to parties."
Now, four static aircrafts stand tall on the field.
O'Dowd says, "All of them here have flown in combat. Vietnam which is the F-105 and the A-7 behind me did. And the A-10, which has really been just about everywhere."
As far as China, the Middle East and in central Europe during Operation Allied Forces.
"The George W Bush Air Park at Moody Field looks impressive today but we're not finished yet."
And with the folding of the flag, three jets flew overhead, reminding us of the 23rd Wing's motto: attack, rescue, protect.
Note: The George W Bush Air Park has five historical aircrafts and will soon be equipped with three more.
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