Photo of the Day: Capt. Robert J. Thomas


An American flag serves as a backdrop to an image of Capt. Robert J. Thomas and a B-52G Stratofortess. Thomas was the copilot on a B-52 when he was shot down over North Vietnam in 1972. Listed as missing in action for nearly six years, the captain’s remains were identified by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, and returned to his family in 1978. The image was part of a display given to the captain’s son, Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Derrick Thomas, during a visit to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Jan. 27, 1997.

Air Force photo originally published July 25, 1997.

Photo of the Day is an effort to re-connect the Air Force community with its heritage by highlighting airpower-focused public affairs efforts.

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