Navigator takes final flight with 911th prior to retirement

Lt. Col. Stanley George's retirement party was so loud Tuesday afternoon that it triggered some calls to 911.

He and other members of the Flying force Reserve 911th Airlift Wing invested about 20 minutes circling low over Downtown Pittsburgh in a C-130 Hercules so they might see the sights and take some photos.A handful

of individuals called the county emergency situation dispatch and press reporters called the unit's base at Pittsburgh International Airport around 1:30 p.m. when they heard the plane fly overhead, stated Master Sgt. Mark Winklosky.

"The important things is you get a huge aircraft like that is available in lower than they usually go, although it's still at the safe ceiling, and individuals resemble 'What's going on?'" he said with a chuckle.

"We asked air traffic control for consent to fly over the city and they motivated us," said Lt. Col. George, 59. He will formally retire Friday after 36 years as a navigator with the Flying force and Air Force Reserve.

"Fini flights" are a tradition when somebody retires from the Air Force, Lt. Col. George said, and he got to choose where the team flew.The two-hour flight consisted of practice approaches in Morgantown, W.Va., and Johnstown, and sightseeing above the hills of West Virginia and Pennsylvania before circling the city, he stated. When they landed, his other half, Annette, was there to assist the team eat cake and douse him with champagne and ice water.Lt.

Col. George invested 12 years on active service and has actually been stationed in Pittsburgh since 2007, when he moved from Milwaukee. He stated he and his better half plan to move back more detailed to household in Wisconsin and spend more time with their four grandchildren.

"It was beautiful out there," Lt. Col. George said about his last flight with the U.S. Air Force. "The weather cooperated and we got to see great sights and do some great training. It was simply an extremely awesome experience."