Pilot who died in Friday’s plane crash identified


Retired Air Force Maj. John L. Boudreaux, a graduate of Columbus Air Force Base’s Undergraduate Pilot Training Class of 1974 and T-37 Tweet instructor pilot, plays taps Sept. 30, 2011, during a remembrance ceremony for the eight members of 48th Fighter Trainer Squadron who died in 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chase Hedrick)

HOLT, Fla., Oct. 19, 2018–The pilot who died in a plane crash today in Holt has been tentatively identified as John L. Boudreaux.

BoudreauxBoudreaux died when the experimental Bowers Fly Baby, a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft he was flying, crashed in a wooded area north of U.S. 90 in Holt around 10 a.m.

A resident of Memphis, Boudreaux was a retired Air Force fighter pilot who flew for Federal Express.

A graduate from Louisiana State University’s Air Force ROTC training program in 1972, Boudreaux graduated from flight training at Columbus Air Force Base. He accumulated nearly 4,000 flying hours in eight different Air Force aircraft, including the F-15 Eagle and the F-106 Delta Dart.

In addition to being an Air Force instructor pilot, Boudreaux also flew the air defense mission along the east coast, intercepting unknown aircraft that occasionally entered U.S. and NATO airspace, to include intercepting Soviet Bear Bombers.

Boudreaux pursued a musical education major while at LSU where he was a member of the Tiger Band. He also played trumpet with the Memphis Knights Big Band, a swing/jazz band in his local area.

Boudreaux is survived by his wife Jan W. Boudreaux, his daughter Allison Boudreaux Walden from Tulsa and a son Jeremy Boudreaux, an Air Force pilot assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base.

Stephanie Holcombe



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