High Sky CAF offers public look at George H.W. Bush’s military service

High Sky CAF offers public look at George H.W. Bush’s military service
Former President George H.W. Bush will be interred Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum near his wife and daughter.

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The High Sky CAF in Midland offers the public a look into the military service of former president George H. W. Bush.

At CAF, you can see footage of when Bush was rescued by a U.S submarine after floating in the Pacific Ocean reportedly for hours.

The story goes that, during an attack against Chichi Jima, Bushes' TBM Avenger was shot down. Unfortunately, he was the only survivor of the aircraft, William White and John Delaney both died in the crash.

replica of parachute and floating device that George H W Bush would have used.
replica of parachute and floating device that George H W Bush would have used.

“Naval Aviators had, besides a parachute, they had a life vest, which is that orangey looking thing there, and then they sat on the life raft that was deflated obviously and when you hit the water you could pull it out and pull a cord and it would inflate with a CO2 bottle,” Bill Coombes said.

Coombes is one of the people responsible for gathering the information on Bush at CAF and he is no stranger to the Bush family. In fact, he was in the 41st President’s 6th grade class at Sam Houston.

To learn more about the museum, click here or call 432-703-3142.

They are open Saturdays or by appointment only.

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