Mon, Aug 17, 2009
Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough,
if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows
us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not
that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often
hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts
confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this
is done on the Internet.
The ANN gang decided we probably shouldn't keep some of the neat
sites, info resources, and organizations we've discovered to
ourselves... so we decided to bring you Aero-Linx. These are the
sites that WE check out -- when we need added perspective, a new
spin on a day's topic... or just want to escape into
cyber-aero-space for awhile.
Look for some of our favorite sites, coming each day to ANN via
Suggestions for future Aero-Linx segments are always
welcome, as well.
Aero-Linx: Arlington Cemetery
Profile of Captain Scott Speicher
Arlington National Cemetery has an extensive web page noting the
courage and heroism of Navy Captain Scott Speicher, who was finally
returned home and buried in his hometown this past weekend. The
page also has a tremendous amount of detail about the search and
recovery of Captain Speicher that is not only fascinating but
heart-warming in that it shows, conclusively, that this is a nation
that does it utmost to leave no one behind.
Acting on information provided by an Iraqi citizen in early
July, US Marines stationed in Al Anbar Province went to a location
in the desert which was believed to be the crash site of Captain
Speicher’s jet. The Iraqi citizen stated he knew of two Iraqi
citizens who recalled an American jet impacting the desert and the
remains of the pilot being buried in the desert. One of these Iraqi
citizens stated that they were present when Captain Speicher was
found dead at the crash site by Bedouins and his remains buried.
The Iraqi citizens led US Marines to the site who searched the
area. Remains were recovered over several days and flown to Dover
Air Force Base for scientific identification by the AFIP’s
Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner.
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