The vertical tail of the new 173rd Fighter Wing flagship bears an image of Lt. David R. Kingsley, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism during WWII, which cost him his life. Kingsley Field was named after the Oregon native in 1957 and this aircraft called the Heritage Jet pays homage to his memory. (Photo courtesy Master Sgt. Paul Allen)
Local Klamath Falls, Ore., artist Chris Young paints an image of the Medal of Honor in three-dimensional relief on the new flagship of the 173rd Fighter Wing fleet, Dec. 23, 2019. Young volunteered for the project and has done other projects including a mural of the wing covering the side of the VFW Post 1383 building. (Photo courtesy Master Sgt. Paul Allen)
KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing is hosting a ceremony (Scheduled today at 2pm), to dedicate the new wing flagship.
The newly painted jet, dubbed the Heritage Jet, pays homage to Kingsley Field’s namesake, Lt. David R. Kingsley, an Oregon native who died in heroic fashion during WWII saving the life of a fellow aircrew member at the expense of his own.
Along with the heritage jet dedication, and in memory of Lt. Kingsley’s selfless service, Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW commander, will announce the 2020 theme of focusing on our Airmen and their families