Pilot and plane reunited 57 years later
from The San Diego Union-Tribune
Recently, in one of the remotest parts of northern San Diego's backcountry, Robert Jones gently touched the fuselage of the Navy jet fighter he last saw more than 57 years ago as he was ejecting in cloud cover at 12,000 feet. "I'm sorry," he said to what was left of the plane, taking off his VFA-146 squadron hat and slightly bowing. "It's emotional to look at it honestly," Jones said. "The airplane was almost new. It has less than 12 hours on it from the factory. It was a shame to lose it."
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