Army Maj. William A "Bill" Shaw, who flew the Army One helicopter for four different presidents and served in Korea and Vietnam, and United States Air Force Lt. Col. Sean McGlynn, who was a USAF Pilot Instructor and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, will be honored in this year's Stuart Air Show 'Missing Man' tributes.
Major Shaw, a Palm City resident, died August 20, 2016. He was born on April 1, 1931 in Shamokin, PA to Webster and Cecillia (Comer) Shaw. Maj. Shaw served in the Korean conflict as a tank crewman until hostilities terminated, later attending helicopter training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. In 1958 he was assigned to the Presidential helicopter unit, transporting then President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1962, he departed the unit while supporting President John F. Kennedy for one year, flying helicopters in Vietnam, and during that tour he was promoted to 1st Lt. In 1963, he returned to the Presidential unit, prior to the assassination of President Kennedy, and after that supported Lyndon B. Johnson, until returning to Vietnam in 1967 for a second tour. In 1968, he returned to the Presidential unit, once again flying LBJ. In 1969, he supported President Nixon and retired with the grade of Major in 1973.
Lt. Col. McGlynn, a Palm City resident, died July 11, 2016. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI 1969 and raised in Stuart, FL, and graduated from Martin County High School in 1986. He finished his private pilot's license at Witham Field. McGlynn graduated from Florida State University, where he completed an ROTC program in 1991, and was commissioned to Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, where his older brother Don was a T-37 instructor. After finishing his training, McGlynn worked at an aerial port in Charleston, SC, and moved on to fly C-5 cargo planes out of Dover, Del., from 1995 to 2000. He was reassigned to Laughlin Air Force Base in Johnstone, Texas, from 2000 to 2003, returned to Dover for three more years, eventually ending up at Randolph Air Force Base in 2006, where he was a pilot instructor. Before returning to Palm City with his family, McGlynn returned numerous times to the Treasure Coast to fly in both a T-37 "Tweet" trainer jet and a T-6 "Texan II" Turboprop trainer in the Stuart Air Show and to participate in the show's static displays. After retiring from the Air Force, McGlynn returned to Stuart and was active with the Southeast Florida Honor Flight and Run For Honor 5K.
The missing man formation, concluding each day of the Air Show, is an aerial salute performed as part of a flyby of aircraft in memory of a fallen pilot. The aircraft fly in a V-shape with the flight leader at the point and his wingman on his left. The second element leader and his wingman fly to his right. The formation flies over the airfield low enough to be clearly seen and the second element leader abruptly pulls up out of the formation while the rest of the formation continues in level flight until all aircraft are out of sight.
"Sean was a great friend, brother and a wonderful Air Force officer. He always put his nation, family and friends first, never focusing on himself, never complaining when serving in Afghanistan or Iraq, or even in his final days when battling cancer," said Sean's brother Don McGlynn. "As military aviators, we both trained pilots to fly the missing man formation, never envisioning that someday one of us may be on the receiving end of such a dignified honor. Our family is flattered, we are grateful, and we thank you for honoring Sean."
The 'Missing Man' tribute, which will be flown by the Trojan Horsemen, will be dedicated to Major Shaw on Saturday, Nov. 5, and to Lt. Col. McGlynn on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The Stuart Air Show, presented this year by Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company, and Pratt & Whitey, a United Technologies Company, is committed to honoring the past and inspiring the future. The three-day event draws 40,000 spectators annually and is the largest air show in southern Florida.
Tickets, starting at $5 for children and veterans (military identification required) are now available for purchase online at www.StuartAirShow.com. For sponsorship opportunities or more information, please contact Susan Cunnane, Director of Development and Events, at (772) 781-4882 or Susan@StuartAirShow.com.