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Former crew chief launches son’s aircraft

Retired crew chief talks to pilot.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, talks to his son, Capt. Matthew Kinney, 76th Fighter Squadron pilot, before a flight, Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Retired Master Sgt. Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s aircraft for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carly Kavish)

Retired crew chief shakes pilot's hand.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, right, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, and his son, Capt. Matthew Kinney, 76th Fighter Squadron pilot, shake hands Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Retired Master Sgt. Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s aircraft for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carly Kavish)

Retired crew chief marshals aircraft.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, marshals an A-10, Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Retired Master Sgt. Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s aircraft for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. RaeAnn Gonzales)

Retired crew chief salutes pilot.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, left, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, salutes his son, Capt. Matthew Kinney, 76th Fighter Squadron pilot, Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Retired Master Sgt. Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s aircraft for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. RaeAnn Gonzales)

Family watches pilot take off.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, and his daughter, Jennifer Kinney, watch Capt. Matthew Kinney, 76th Fighter Squadron pilot, take off Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Retired Master Sgt. Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s aircraft for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carly Kavish)

Retired crew chief wipes tear from his face.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, wipes a tear after watching his son, Capt. Matthew Kinney, 76th Fighter Squadron pilot, taxi to the runway Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Retired Master Sgt. Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s aircraft for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carly Kavish)

Retired crew chief watches son taxi to the runway.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, watches his son, Capt. Matthew Kinney, 76th Fighter Squadron pilot, taxi to the runway Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Retired Master Sgt. Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s aircraft for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carly Kavish)

Retired crew chief salutes pilot.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, left, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, salutes his son, Capt. Matthew Kinney, 76th Fighter Squadron pilot, before a flight Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Master Sgt. (Ret.) Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s flight for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carly Kavish)

Retired crew chief prepares to launch aircraft.

Retired Master Sgt. Albert Kinney, former A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief, prepares to launch an A-10, Nov. 20, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Retired Master Sgt. Kinney served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and had the opportunity to launch his son’s aircraft for a routine training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carly Kavish)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --