1st Lt. Bob Akers of Burnt Store nearly shot down in F-86 fighter over Grand Canyon in ’56

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Bob Akers of Burnt Store Marine was learning to be a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force in 1956, between the Korean and the Vietnam War, when two airliners collided in midair over the Grand Canyon on June 30, 1956. All 128 passenger aboard both planes perished.

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