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Lieutenant Welch's grandfather retired Col. Don Sprague (center) poses in front of a B-47 in 1962 just before he started flying the B-52. First Lt. Daniel Welch has some big shoes to fill; four of them to be exact. Lieutenant Welch, a pilot with the 11th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., will become the third consecutive generation of B-52 flight officers in his family. (courtesy photo)


Barksdale pilot continues family tradition

Lieutenant Welch's grandfather retired Col. Don Sprague (center) poses in front of a B-47 in 1962 just before he started flying the B-52. First Lt. Daniel Welch has some big shoes to fill; four of them to be exact. Lieutenant Welch, a pilot with the 11th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., will become the third consecutive generation of B-52 flight officers in his family. (courtesy photo)

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