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06/01/14 — A new flight plan

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A new flight plan

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on June 1, 2014 1:50 AM

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Col. Jeannie Leavitt, 4th Fighter Wing commander, walks away from an F-15E Strike Eagle with her family, husband, Col. Craig Leavitt, daughter, Shannon, and son, Michael, after taking her final flight at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

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After taking her final flight, Col. Leavitt looks out of the cockpit at a crowd of salutes and waves.

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Col. Leavitt shakes the hand of her WSO.

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As Col. Leavitt walks away from the aircraft, she is hosed down with water by her children.

Jeannie Leavitt will always be the little girl at an air show -- watching, awestruck, as various aircraft streak through the sky overhead. The F-15E will forever be a part of her story -- a tale of barriers broken,...

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