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'Fini-flights' - keeping history, tradition alive

06-01-2013 08:23 PM

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'Fini-flights' - keeping history, tradition alive


by: Staff Reports
100th Air Refueling Wing PAO
published: June 02, 2013

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RAF MILDENHALL, England -- It's assumed that the tradition of fini-flights came from the U.S. Army Air Force days of the World War II era.

They were designed to accompany milestones in the career of the entire aircrew, respected individuals of rank or repute, or a commander's departure to another command or retirement.

The tradition was first officially noted in Vietnam, when the aircrew commemorated the completion of 100 missions. While the 100th safe last-landing was a reason to celebrate, it is now usually a separate flight altogether marking the final activity before departure.

The celebration has evolved and now includes champagne or similar, a toast and dowsing with water from a fire truck for the aircraft and aircrew. Usually, family or families of the departing aircrew or personnel also meet them on the hardstand and douse them with water.

(Information provided by Mark Howell, 100th Air Refueling Wing historian, and Billy Harris, U.S. Air Forces in Europe command historian)


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'Fini-flights' - keeping history, tradition alive


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100th Air Refueling Wing PAO
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RAF MILDENHALL, England -- It's assumed that the tradition of fini-flights came from the U.S. Army Air Force days of the World War II era.

They were designed to accompany milestones in the career of the entire aircrew, respected individuals of rank or repute, or a commander's departure to another command or retirement.

The tradition was first officially noted in Vietnam, when the aircrew commemorated the completion of 100 missions. While the 100th safe last-landing was a reason to celebrate, it is now usually a separate flight altogether marking the final activity before departure.

The celebration has evolved and now includes champagne or similar, a toast and dowsing with water from a fire truck for the aircraft and aircrew. Usually, family or families of the departing aircrew or personnel also meet them on the hardstand and douse them with water.

(Information provided by Mark Howell, 100th Air Refueling Wing historian, and Billy Harris, U.S. Air Forces in Europe command historian)


Tags: 100th Air Refueling Wing vice commander, Col. Kyle Voigt, Fini-flight, RAF Mildenhall, News
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