This is a list of those FACs who took their last flight during 2022 and some from other years because we recently discovered their passing.

Flew West 2022

Slow hand salute to these brave warriors

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Dear Brad,
Kaew (Gail) Cappel, Jay's wife, called me March 9th to inform me that Jay had passed away March 6th, 2022, while in Hospice care in Las Vegas, NV where they had lived for many years after he retired from the USAF.Here are my thoughts, after a phone conversation with Gail:

·      John (Jay) Cappel

·      Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather

·      Forward Air Controller (O-1 Bird Dog, Vietnam, 1967-68)

·      Passed away in Hospice Care, Las Vegas, NV

·      March 6th, 2022, after a long battle with Cancer.

·      Jay requested cremation with no services or ceremony.

·      I knew him as a man of exceptional competence, courage and deep faith in God;

Self-effacing to a fault; family man, loving and caring despite his years of pain stemming from injuries he received while being shot down September 7, 1967, during a night mission to relieve an Australian position under attack by the Viet Cong.

That story is told in "CLEARED HOT Book Two" pages 122-128.

It took 40 years to get told, but we cornered him at the Colorado Springs Reunion where Kip Taylor and I implored him to hand write just a page or so to get his incredible story told.  He delivered a few weeks later in time for us to add our part in the story and pass it by the Aussies who performed the rather heroic rescue after daylight the morning after the crash. 
Over the years since, he quietly had the PURPLE HEART medal and ribbon from that action framed and mounted, prominently, in his living room.

Rest peacefully in the Lord, Jay.

Slow, reverend hand salute