Retired Col. Berry Segraves, who flew 56 different types of aircraft in his 27-year Air Force career and flew in the Berlin Airlift, died Wednesday. Hewas 84.
A native of Commerce, he lived in Houston County and was one of the best known veterans in Middle Georgia. He was among those who worked to found the Museum of Aviation, and dedicated much of his time to the museum as well as other causes during his retirement.
He died at Heart of Georgia Serenity Gate Hospice in Perry. Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins.
In 1948-49 Segraves flew the C-54 in the Berlin Airlift, the first major test of the newly independent Air Force. He flew 142 missions in the effort todeliver supplies to West Berlin after the Soviets blockaded railway and road access to the Allied-controlled part of the city.
He would go on to log 13,500 hours in the B-52 Stratofortress bomber, more than any other pilot at the time.
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