N.C. native was flying F-16 on training range
GB, I love you Bro. I miss you so much. As I recover here at home I keep looking
at my phone hoping to see your name in the caller ID block...but I am coming to
terms with never hearing your voice until we meet at Heavens Gates. To all
421st, Keep strong! And remember what ICE wanted...to take out some moojahs with
some LGBs. Fight Strong, Fight Hard, Return with Honor HOKAHEY.A warm
thank you and hello to all who knew, cared for, and continue to carry on the
legacy of a sublime individual. - Your brother in arms, PJ Dan
George and Josie are one of the nicest couples you could meet. They were best
friends and a joy to be around. She is such a very sweet person and my heart
goes out to her for this tragic loss. George was such a genuinely good person,
always smiling and making the most of life- one of the best guys we have known.
We will continue to pray for Josie and his family as this is so much to bear
without God's loving grace.
I've known G.B. from the time he was born.He came from one of most patriotic
families I have ever known. Saw him grow up to a fine young man. and I was his
Scoutmaster (T-48) when he recieved his Eagle Award and have followed his
progress all through his career. I have some of the best stories about G.B.. He
was the most fun loving guy. A natural leader with many friends. To me he will
always be forever young. He lived the motto for God and Country. Please pray for
his little brother Daniel as he recovers from his injuries sustained in
Thank you so much for your kind and comforting prayers and thoughts.
George-Bryan was an exceptional person his entire life, I have always been
exceedingly proud of him. To say however, that he was 'one of a kind' would not
be true, for he leaves behind two brothers as exceptional as he was!
God bless Capt. Houghton for his service and bravery. I teach elementary school
at Hill. His sweet and precious wife was on our K-Staff. My tears won't stop
for her loss. My prayers are with her and all the family of Capt. Houghton as
they comfort one another through this very sad time. 10 years ago I taught a 3rd
grader whose father was a pilot, his plane went down in the desert as well. I
remember the deep sadness felt by so many. The men and women in our US Military
are brave far beyond my comprehension. Mrs. Capt. Houghton, may you know that
your sweetheart is safe in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Anything you need...
don't hesitate to ask my friend. HUGS
The F-16 community is a small one, and any loss is felt throughout it. My heart
and prayers go out to the wife and family of Capt Houghton.
I knew Capt George Houghton, he was an excellent pilot, officer and person. He
worked for me for three years as a young officer and instructor pilot. My
thoughts go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.
My son is an F-16 pilot and knew Capt. Hughton, who is a hero in all our eyes
and hearts. His family is in my prayers.
"Ice", you will live in our hearts always. You and you family are true
patriots. There are heavy hearts in North Carolina, Utah and everywhere George
touched and influenced people. The 421st will get through this and be stronger
for your sacrifice. Sawadee Ice.
May the Lord bless and comfort Capt. Houghton's wife and family. I am very proud
of our service members for their brave and continuous sacrifice. My husband is
also a Captain in the Air Force and I pray for him always. To his wife, be
strong, God said " He would never leave us or forsake us."
As a member of the 421st family, I will say that George was one of the best guys
I've ever met. He is truly, truly missed by his family, friends, and his Air
Force Family. God Speed Ice.
Your son gave his life in the effort to defend our country, there are not the
words to say how sad we are to hear of his death. It is an honor to have had
such a man as Capt. Houghton grace the state of Utah. He is an American hero and
our hearts go out to him and his family.
Thank you for your committment to your country, Capt. Houghton! America salutes
your sacrifice. May you rest in peace and may your family find peace in knowing
you died for all of us.
I want to thank all those who serve to protect me and my family...especially my
family memebers taht serve for freedom! My prayers goes to the family and
friends of this pilot. May God be with each one serving and loving this
Capt. Houghton died defending our freedom, just as much as if he were lost in
combat. My family appreciates his sacrifices over the years serving
our country, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.Thank
you, and your comrades in arms, and their families, for defending our
freedom.Freedom is not free.
"SR Shallenberger | 8:07 p.m. June 23, 2009 We have two son's that are
fighter pilots. Our hearts stop when any fighter or "man/woman" goes down. We
thank George Houghton for putting his life on the line for his country and
giving the ultimate sacrifice. George, your family is in our prayers and we will
be ever grateful for your priceless sacrifice."Is one of your sons
based in OK right now? If so he's in my ward. Good man.V/R -
My boyfriend is an F-16 pilot as well, my heart goes out to this young man's
family....You are all in my prayers.
We have two son's that are fighter pilots. Our hearts stop when any fighter or
"man/woman" goes down. We thank George Houghton for putting his life on the
line for his country and giving the ultimate sacrifice. George, your family is
in our prayers and we will be ever grateful for your priceless sacrifice.
Our pilots are asked to do things that are incredibly demanding as we fight a
war that is more and more complex every year. George Bryan Houghton is a hero,
as he prepared to do what few ever do for our nation. Our hearts and prayers go
out to his wife, parents and family.
"It's called age. Those planes are older than the pilots who fly them. The first
YF-16 was rolled out on 13 December 1973."Try driving your car daily
at it's maximum design limits for 36 years and see how reliable it stays.It's a miracle there haven't been more crashes.Actually, F-16s were
produced up until 2005. And if you maintained your car as well as the USAF
maintains their aircraft, you might be surprised how reliable your car would be.
"I can't help but wonder why these planes keep crashing. It's happening more and
more."------It's called age. Those planes are older than the pilots
who fly them. The first YF-16 was rolled out on 13 December 1973.Try
driving your car daily at it's maximum design limits for 36 years and see how
reliable it stays.It's a miracle there haven't been more crashes.
God Bless you George Bryan Houghton, and peace be with your family.This may be [hopefully] the last generation of human pilots. Nothing is worse than sending a human in to do what a machine hasn't been able
to, until now....
While our hearts and prayers go out to the Houghton Familys. May God protect his
other two brothers and bring them home safely from this war. Let us hope and
pray that something good will come from George Bryans untimely death.
While I give my condolences to the family of this young man, I can't help but
wonder why these planes keep crashing. It's happening more and more. Is it more
planes in the air or less maintenance since the military is always strapped for
cash. If this were commercial airliners there would be more of an outcry about
all these crashes. These are multi-million dollar, highly sophisticated planes
with highly trained and sophisticated American pilots! Where the Congressional
My son is AF and headed to Middle East this month. I am deeply sorry for your
loss, Houghton Family. Our prayers and the prayers of this nation are with you.
Extremely sad to hear about a boy losing his life in the line of duty. Best
wishes and condolences to the family and his brothers in arms.
My son is career AF and right now is in the Middle East. I pray for his safety
everyday and night. No parent should have to bury his child prematurely. God
be with you, Houghton family.
My son is a tanker pilot and will be leaving for deployment next month. My
heart is just broken tonight. My prayers are with his family and his squadron.
He has paid the ultimate price for our freedom. He was among our finest that
have given their life for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.
Ref: Nuke ItReally sad to lose our fighting men anytime. Prayers are with
his family. One of the main reasons if not the key reason for not losing pilots
over in Afganistan and Iraq is because of the Desert Ranges that we have in
Utah, Nevada and California. You couldn't ask for better training areas for
Aerial combat operations.And as far as Nukes go in that area. They
used to fire the 175 MM ones from Dugway Proving Grounds in the 60's.... they
were the Artillery ones. 175 MM Howitzer rounds fired into the desert bombing
and testing range...but nukes none the less. One of the many reasons why the
Desert Ranges are off Limits. You never knew ahead of time when they were
happening but I used to do a lot of irrigation at night sometimes in the early
morning hours....and the whole western sky out beyond the mountain ranges past
what is now Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs and over Utah Lake would light
up for 30 to 40 seconds before it would fade back into darkness...really
Spectacular to have seen.
Air force pilots are among our best, brightest, and bravest. Thanks to all of
them for their service.
Our family is praying for the pilot's family. May God comfort you. We
appreciate the service and price your son's have paid for our country. They are
hero's and we are so proud of them.
unfortunately accidents are a part of training, but I hardly agree with nuking
the training grounds. the reason we don't lose pilots in afghanistan is because
of the rigorous training they go through here. I'd hate to see them perform
these maneuvers outside a simulator for the first time in combat, add the stress
of being shot at, and a lot more accidents would happen.
Correct home town is Candler, NC. He will be missed
the comment was a back handed way of bringing to reminding all that the F-16 has
more than its share of crashes, and perhaps money ought to be set aside to get
to the root cause and make it safer.Don't take this personally UTTR,
this obviously wasn't aimed at you.
"Nuke it | 2:11 p.m. June 23, 2009 They ought to nuke the west range, it
downs more F-16's than the Taliban and Al Quita combined."Let me
think about that for a minute.Ah....no.Come on, don't
hide. You voted for Obama, didn't you?
I hope the pilot(s) ejected safely...hang in there, Hill.
They ought to nuke the west range, it downs more F-16's than the Taliban and Al
It's called "supersonic air space" because pilots can practice combat maneuvers
at supersonic speeds (including low-altitude) without cracking windows, etc. and
without endangering other aircraft. The air space is restricted from other air
traffic. The ground beneath is also restricted (though why anyone would want to
venture onto a live bombing range is beyond me!).
Wow, I didn't know it was used by all branches of the military and NASA. Is it
considered supersonic air space because of the sparse population, or does it
have to do with the terrain?
Cool your jets boy--My concern right now is with the pilot and his family,
including the family of ground crew and fellow pilots as well as staff.Anytime a plane goes down it effects everyone in the community. We view them
as our brothers and sisters up there and quite frankly, most of us around Hill
are Vets and know what it is to lose a brother or sister.So Luke, save
your anger for another day please.
The Pilot is in our prayers along with his family.
Hopefully they'll find the pilot.