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~lmllll]l Uld~lllllliu~=m~l.~" ,''"" Page 6C NSHMIIS i Hays Free Press August 10, 2011 BY WES FER6U N "~ A 7hen he's not practicing 1/1/ medicine, Dr. Louis "Andy" Davenport feels the need- the need for speed. Davenport has an unusual side job for a physician in Kyle: He's a fighter pilot, flying F- 16 jet fighters for the Texas Air National Guard. To his surprise, he opened last weelCs edition of the Hays Free Press and saw a story and pho- tos about one of his old F- 16s. The decom- missioned jet is getting a paint job in a Buda shop. "I m~medi- ately recog- nized it and said, 'Oh my gosh, that's my airplane,'" Dav- enport said. It wasn't just the ,type of airplane he used to fly. He piloted that exact F-16, blue and yellow color scheme and all. "I was actually the last one to fly that particularairplane on its last official mission before it was retired," he said. "I've flown that plane a lot, actually." The F-16's final mission came during an April 2008 event with Gov. Rick Perry. The plane's unique paint job commemorates the 90th an- niversary of Ellin~ton Field in Houston. Ellingtons F-16 pro- , gram was canceled in a base reaUgnment soon thereafter, and Davenport left Ellington for the Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing's unit in San Antonio. One of Ellington's lesacy F- 16s- the one featured in the Aug. 3 edition of the Hays Free Press- was sent to Camp Mabry in Austin. The 7 was actually jet is being painted by the last one to A~rrie Paint and Body in fly that partic-Buda, and on Sept. tO, it will ular airplane adebut as part Ofnew exhibit at Camp Mabry its last on or- ti.ed"9-Uand Beyond: The ficial mission Texas National Guard in the before it was waron Terror." Davenport, retired." whose military rank is major, flies at least five --Dr, Louis Davenport missions each month. Not surprisingl his call sign while in flight is "Doc." Though it might seem odd to combine medical and aeronautical pursuits, it made sense for Davenport. He spe- cializes in internal and aero- space medicine and applied to become an astronaut. Davenport was asked if he would try to participate in any future space expeditions as a NASA astzonaut. "I don't think so," he said. "I COUfffl~ I~IOTOS Dr. Louis "Andy" Davenport, a local physician and pilot for the Texas Air National Guard, flies a custom yellow and blue F-16 jet fighter plane during air maneuvers in 2007. The maneuvers and custom paint commemorated the 90th anniversary of Houston's Ellington Field Four years later, a body shop in Buda is repainting the plane to return it to its original tactical gray color. was really excited about (Presi- dent GeorgeW.) Bush's mission of going back to the moon and beyond, but these missions are no longer being considered in the immediate future." President Barack Obama canceled the previous ad- ministrations plans to send astronauts on moon missions by 2020. Instead, he is offering incentives for the private sec- tor to develop the next genera- tion of spacecraft while calling for a mission to Mars. As for Davenport, he moved to Kyle last December with his wife Meredith, who is an OB/GYN with Hays Women's Health. "Meredith and I have com- mitted ourselves to Kyie and the local communi~, so I don't see us picking up and moving again;' he said. To read the previous story, t/t/ed "Back home from Iraq: Veteran F-16 makes pitstop in Budaforpaintjob,"uisitwww. Before flying a missioa this pa~.. Friday, Daven.port dedicated a . .5(fl>pt~.., I~=_~U' ,~= bomb to the H.a~ Free Pr~s.., and the city of Kyle. "l dropped it on our bombing rsnge an hour later, andit shacked thetarget, he said ln an emaJi. No annual fee .25 day grace period ATM access + *Annual Percentage Rate. All rates are expressed "as low as'. Actual rata may vary depending on credit qualifications. "Rate applies to 1st lien commercial real estate loans wi$ a loan to value of 80% or less; construction/devetopment loan rates/terms may vary. ***Annual Percentage Y'~eld. Penalties for early withdrawal may apply. Jumbo- A minimum deposit of $95,000 is required. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. Federally insured by NCUA. 6.efin Taltw~ IdkAI ~ iM99RK7