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Military funeral held for CF-18 pilot Thomas McQueen

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Canadian Air Force Pilot killed during training exercise laid to rest
WATCH ABOVE: A CF-18 pilot killed during a training exercise near the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary took place in Mount Hope, Ont. Wednesday. Capt. Thomas McQueen was remembered as man who had childhood dreams to be a fighter pilot. Marianne Dimain has the story – Dec 7, 2016

MOUNT HOPE, Ont. – A military funeral for a Canadian Air Force pilot killed in a plane crash last week was held Wednesday at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope, Ont.

Capt. Thomas McQueen, 29, died after the CF-18 he was flying crashed during a training exercise near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border on Nov. 28.

READ MORE: Family of Canadian pilot devastated after deadly CF-18 crash

Four CF-18 Hornets from 3 Wing Bagotville, Que., performed a flyby after the service.

WATCH: Capt. Thomas McQueen, pilot who died in CF-18 crash, was a 10-year veteran who was engaged to be married

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RCAF identifies pilot killed in Alberta CF-18 crash

Then a procession began to travel along an extended Highway of Heroes to Ottawa for a private burial at the Beechwood National Cemetery of Canada.

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McQueen grew up on a farm near Hamilton and family members say he was proud to carry on the legacy of his grandfather, a pilot in the Second World War.

READ MORE: Pilot killed in CF-18 crash identified as 10-year veteran Capt. Thomas McQueen

His mother, Edith McQueen, told the service that becoming a fighter pilot was the “entire focus” of her son’s life until he met his fiancee and thanked the military for “giving Thomas the opportunity to fulfil his dream.”

 

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