Air Force veteran who flew Boeing 727 dies at age 82

A retired Air Force aviator whose jet took off with a Boeing 726 in 1962 and crashed in a field in Idaho was buried Sunday with full military honors.

Air Force Lt.

Col. David C. Rieger, 64, died in a ceremony in Idaho Falls.

The Associated Press reported Rieber was buried in Idaho Springs, Idaho, with full Air Force honors.

Riordan was a flight instructor with the Army Air Forces Reserve, and he was a two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor.

He was stationed at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and served as a pilot in the 82nd Airborne Division.

He also flew a 727.

Riesner’s wife, Kathleen Riegers, is a flight attendant and flight engineer.

He had three children.

The family of Lt.

Cmdr.

Patrick C. Niesbeth, also 64, a Navy pilot, issued a statement on Sunday.

The couple married in 2005.

They had a daughter, Jaden, who is now a sophomore at St. Benedict’s University in Massachusetts.

The Air Force says it has been notified of the death.

The cause of death was listed as heart failure, according to a statement from the Air Force.

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