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.