The special design on an F-15 was revealed to a large crowd, in recognition of 2nd Lieutenant David R. Kingsley.
The fighter jet was painted in the colors of Kingsley’s B-17 bomber.
“When I first saw the pictures, I was pretty amazed.” Notes 173rd Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Jeff Edwards. “But when stood next to the plane, and looked up and saw the image of David R. Kingsley, it just left me overwhelmed and speechless.”
Lieutenant Kingsley died in the crash of his bomber in Romania in 1944, after giving his own parachute to save the life of a wounded tail gunner.
Several of Kingsley’s relatives were in attendance at the ceremony.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.