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In Memoriam

Major William E. "Padre" Burchett

Major William E. "Padre" Burchett

17 May 2004




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Bill Burchett
Joe, May 31, 2007 - 09:16 AM

My memory of Bill: I flew with him on my final T-37 "Tweet" instrument checkride at Columbus AFB in May 1996. I had a very rough time with Tweets and failing that checkride would have been the end of flying for me. I had never flown with him before, but in the jet he made me feel very much at ease, which made for a good sortie, and a passing grade.

My condolences to his family.

Anonymous, Mar 21, 2009 - 03:46 AM

My memory of Bill: riding in the truck down to Gunshy to run the RSU there in the heat of a Mississippi summer. A great guy, but more importantly a godly man who is alive and well in Heavan with the One True Living God!

My T-37 Instructor in 1994
Mario Simoes, May 17, 2014 - 04:42 PM

Twenty years ago - in 1994 - Major Burchett was my T-37 instructor when I was a 2nd Lt at Columbus AFB, MS. He was truly an amazing - and very patient - instructor. He was also one of the kindest people I meet during my time in Pilot Training (aka UPT). My English at the time was very poor, and Major Burchett dedicated a considerable portion of his off-duty personal time to teach me English. RIP, Major Burchett.

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