Rest in Peace, Jay
Aug 05, 2014 - 05:35 PM
On this day, Aug 5, 1981, I was in the 4-ship training flight in which Jay Moats was the flight leader. Very sadly, he had a series of malfunctions that caused his aircraft to pitch over violently while at 500 knots at 500 feet. Jay managed to eject, but the downward trajectory of the aircraft did not allow for him to get a full chute. He almost made it. He had a wife and 11-month old daughter at the time. His daughter would be about 33-34 years old now. I'm sure she has often wondered what her Dad was like. He was a very intelligent, very talented and skilled fighter pilot. He truly loved his infant daughter. I think of Jay often, but most especially on this day. Rest in peace, Jay. We remember you.
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