F-16 Fighters Go Into ‘Missing Man’ Formation Over Monona, East Madison

My view of the event as seen from B.B. Clarke Beach.


Four F-16 fighter jets flew over the funeral today for former U.S. Air Force colonel Donald Heiliger, flying in a “missing man” formation in which one of the jets peels away to honor the former flier who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for nearly six years.

Heiliger, 79, retired in 1985 after logging more than 3,000 flying hours in the Air Force. He piloted an F-105 Thunderchief fighter in the Vietnam War, before getting shot down and taken prisoner in North Vietnam in 1967. He was released on Feb. 18, 1973.

The Fighting Falcon aircraft are from the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing, did a single, low-altitude pass over Monona and the East Side of Madison.

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