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Keller, Texas, Mayor Armin Mizani on Saturday identified one of six people who died in a collision between two historic World War II military aircraft as Terry Barker, a U.S. Army veteran and former Keller city councilman.
“Terry Barker was loved by many. He was a friend and someone whose advice I often sought,” Mizani wrote in a tribute to Barker on Sunday. “Even after retiring from city council and flying for American Airlines, his love for the community was undeniable.”
A B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a P-63 Kingcobra fighter jet collided on Saturday afternoon in Dallas during a Wings Over Dallas air show, which bills itself as ‘the premier American air show of World War II. world”.
The show was scheduled for Nov. 11-13 over Veterans Day weekend and featured more than 40 World War II aircraft.
“Yesterday [Barker] was flying to honor the greatest generation,” Mayor Mizani said Sunday. “Today, the field of honor in front of Keller Town Hall will stand for another week in his honor.”
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Keller is a suburb of Fort Worth, located about 30 miles northwest of the site of Saturday’s crash.
The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, said Barker and another pilot who died in the crash, Len Root, were members of their union.
Video of the collision showed the P-63 fighter jet appearing to crash into the B-17 bomber, knocking both planes to the ground and triggering a large explosion.
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said authorities were still working Sunday to identify the deceased and notify next of kin. No one on the ground was injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.