BROWNSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – It is only fitting that pilot George “Bud” Myers’ Moontown Airport hangar was overflowing with family, friends, and fellow pilots Friday evening, as they remembered the man who lived and breathed aviation.
Myers died Sunday, September 16th, along with student pilot 17-year-old Christian Schmitt, when they crashed during the Annual Moontown Grass Field Fly-In.
Myers was born in West Virginia, and caught the flying bug at an early age.
“He was born – no -, he arrived – no. Bud landed on July 26th, 1938,” said his brother Jim Myers.
Myers became a pilot as a teenager, and later earned his degree in aeronautical engineering. He worked for Douglas Aircraft, NASA, and eventually bought Moontown Airport.
It was there he restored antique airplanes, mentored young pilots, and befriended countless others whose hearts were in the clouds.
“I’m very proud of him, I’m proud of the people who came out here today. His life-long effort culminated in this,” said Jim Myers.
At the close of the memorial service, George Myers’ took his final flight – when his ashes were taken up into the sky in an L-16 and spread across the grass field runway.