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Again a sad day for our Honor Flight Kern County family. Mr. John Flippen from our May 2013 flight as passed away. He was a wonderful man, a brave man - a hero. YOU WILL BE MISSED. Pictured below at the Memorial with his amazing guardian Richard Zanutto - Richard who lost his own son in the Iraq war, has been a relentless supporter of Honor Flight attending just about every event & outing & self funding on numerous occasions to have the privilege of escorting one of our heroes to DC. Rest in Peace Mr. Flippen - Thank you Richard for all you do. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Liberty High School has been raising money to fly a WWII veteran on an H.F. Today they had a pep rally that involved the ENTIRE student body & our Mr. Bovee was their special guest! They welcomed him on a red carpet to a standing ovation & continued to clap for him during his brief speech. They were so attentive you could have heard a pin drop - it was nothing short of amazing! When he was thru they gave him another standing ovation & after the program so many of them came to shake his hand & take his photo! (9 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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ON THIS DAY IN WWII HISTORY
The date: January 19th, 1944. The place: Laholm, Sweden.
In World War Two, technology increased more than during any other war in history. World War Two saw the first jets, ballistic missiles, computer technology, as well as advances in medical care, the sciences, and much much more. Perhaps, the most advance was made in nuclear technology.
However, new weapons development did not always achieve the purpose for which it was created, and sometimes with devastating effects. So it was with a British program called "Operation Outward". Operation Outward was created and launched in 1941, and ran until 1944.
The concept of the operation was based on sabotage. The plan was conceived one day, in 1940, when a storm broke several barrage balloons (large balloons spread apart at intervals with wires between to snag enemy aircraft) broke loose from their fastenings and floated into mainland Europe.
The result of this accident gave birth to Operation Outward, a plan to launch free flying balloons against mainland Europe. Some of the balloons carried incendiary bombs, but the main armament was a series of steel cables hanging loose from the balloon. The purpose of these cables was to snag and damage high voltage power cables causing short circuit, resulting in large power outages and sometimes creating a fire.
On this day in World War Two History, a stray balloon hit a power line near the town of Laholm, Sweden, causing a power outage. Due to the outage, the signal markers along a railroad track were cut, and the results were devastating. Two trains, (carrying civilians) collided head on.
In many past editions of "Today in World War Two History" I have talked about the great loss of civilian life never before seen in any prior war. The debate continues to this day: is it ever justifiable to bomb or endanger innocent populations?
Written by Ethan Lockman
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6 days ago  ·  

Honor Flight Kern County

Upcoming Events

January 22 - Monthly Breakfast Serving begins at 9:00 am.  Come early, visit and enjoy some coffee or juice. Open to all Honor Flight Veterans, Guardians and a guest.
Hot, delicious meals are $5/person.   American Legion Post 26 - 2020 H Street   **Please remember to wear your Honor Flight name badge, shirt or jacket**

February 12 - Kern River Valley Monthly Breakfast (2nd Thursday of each month) 8:00-10:00 am VFW Hall 2811 Nugget Ave (behind Bank of America, McDonald's) Lake Isabella - Please RSVP by Dec 9 to Gary Zuber (760) 379-2109 **Please remember to wear your Honor Flight name badge, shirt or jacket**

February 26 - Monthly Breakfast Serving begins at 9:00 am.  Come early, visit and enjoy some coffee or juice. Open to all Honor Flight Veterans, Guardians and a guest.
Hot, delicious meals are $5/person.   American Legion Post 26 - 2020 H Street   **Please remember to wear your Honor Flight name badge, shirt or jacket**


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