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Seymour Johnson Jets to Be Part of Ford's Funeral

Posted January 3, 2007 8:05 a.m. EST
Updated January 3, 2007 11:12 a.m. EST

— Military jets from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will take off from North Carolina Wednesday to perform a flyover at President Gerald Ford's funeral.

The F-15E Strike Eagles will fly over the procession as a salute to Ford. The jets were also used during the funeral for President Ronald Reagan.

Ford's body was brought back to Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday. A 21-gun salute and sounds of the University of Michigan's fight song greeted the flag-draped casket.

Nearly 5,000 people an hour filed past Ford's casket Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning at his presidential museum in Michigan.

In North Carolina, Fort Bragg soldiers will conduct two cannon salutes. Ford will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.