Coast Guard pilots take to sky in final flight
It was a bittersweet moment for two Coast Guard pilots Thursday, as they landed at Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City after their last flight.
Lieutenant Commanders Jason Blyth and David Ober took one last trip Thursday morning around northern Michigan as Coast Guard pilots.
The two are retiring.
After getting one last birds-eye view, the pilots landed at the station where they were greeted with a giant water salute.
Their families were also there with open arms, as well as the men and women they served with, who congratulated them with cheers and another water hose-down.
"It's kind of a happy, sad occasion," said Blyth. "21 years is a long time to dedicate to something but at the same time we're very excited to move on to what we;re doing next so it's a happy occasion."
"I'm very honored to have served," said Ober. "It's been great to help people out where we can and it's a true honor to be able to do that, to serve our country."
Blyth has served for 21 years. He and his family will be staying in northern Michigan.
Ober has been in the service for 23 years and will be moving back to Oregon to be closer to family.