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Fred E. “Bud” Farington, Jr., a native of Falls City, Nebraska, wore the wings of both the United States Army Air Force and the British Royal Air Force. Educated at the Dallas Aviation School at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, he joined the British Royal Air Force in 1942 and was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Corps. Farington flew sixty-five combat missions and instructed pilots during World War II. He also instructed pilots during the Korean Conflict. His military awards included the Air Medal with seven clusters, the European Theater ribbon with three stars, the Presidential Citation, and the American Theater ribbon. Farington operated an aerial agricultural application and flight instruction business in Humboldt, Nebraska prior to serving as Airport Manager at the Auburn Municipal Airport. He also founded Auburn Flying Service, Inc., offering flight instruction and agricultural aviation services. In1983 he constructed a home-built, open cockpit airplane. Farington was recognized as the 1990 Nebraska Aviation Trades Association Airman of the Year. In 1993, the Auburn Municipal Airport was renamed Farington Field in recognition of his service to the aviation industry.

 

 

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