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L. Hart, III
Bill Hart, 81, of Pensacola passed away on March 24, 2012. He was born on February 12, 1931 in Morgantown, West Virginia to Walter L. and Mary P. (Cox) Hart, II.
Bill was a graduate of West Virginia University. He spent 20 years as an USAF fighter pilot, flew 7000+ jet hours, led 280 Viet Nam and Laos F-4E combat missions, never losing a man nor plane. During his USAF career he served with 332nd fighter Squadron, Delaware; 18th Fighter Sqdn, Alaska & Michigan; Florida's 4756th Air Defense and Test Sqdn; 314th Air Division, Osan, South Korea; 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, DaNang, South Vietnam; 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tampa, FL, et al..
Bill was one of eight USAF officers selected to represent the U.S. at the Free World Fighter Tactics Conference in West Germany; he was one of twelve pilots chosen to setup and instruct a jet fighter tactics school. He graduated #1 in cadet class 52-H, notable awards included two Distinguished Flying Crosses, ten air medals.
After his USAF career, Bill served as director of coal research for West Virginia. Bill joined Pensacola Aviation Center in 1980, became Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and Vice President for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Thos D. Hart; and daughter, Angela S. Hart.
Survivors include: his wife and soulmate over four decades, Pearl; son, Walter "Bill" L. (Katherine) Hart IV of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Natalie P. Hart of Atlanta, GA; sister, Mary Lou Sharp of metro Washington, DC; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1616 N. 12th Ave. (12th and Moreno).
Bill. an outstanding fighter pilot, aviation professional, was dedicated to God, family, and country. He was humane, respected, loved and will be sorely missed by those who knew him--earth's loss is Heaven's gain.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 27, 2012