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Retired Lt. Col. Richard Burdette poses for a photo with his F-16 Fighting Falcon at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., in 1990.  According to him, the best pilot from the three generations in his family was his father.  His father, 2nd Lt. Harry Burdette, flew an unpressurized B-17 Flying Fortress above 30,000 feet and had to wear a flight suit plugged into the aircraft’s electrical system for warmth while assigned to the 379th Bombardment Group during World War II. (Courtesy photo/Richard Burdette/Released)


Grandfather’s World War II legacy continued by pilot grandson

Retired Lt. Col. Richard Burdette poses for a photo with his F-16 Fighting Falcon at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., in 1990. According to him, the best pilot from the three generations in his family was his father. His father, 2nd Lt. Harry Burdette, flew an unpressurized B-17 Flying Fortress above 30,000 feet and had to wear a flight suit plugged into the aircraft’s electrical system for warmth while assigned to the 379th Bombardment Group during World War II. (Courtesy photo/Richard Burdette/Released)

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