Fallen Soldier: David B. Faulkner

David B. Faulkner
Dates: Died April 23, 2008
Hometown: Florence, AL
Branch of Service: Air Force
Rank: Major
Player: Jordan Wilson

Air Force Major David “Blair” Faulkner of Florence, Ala., was assigned to the 43rd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Mississippi. On April 23, 2008 at Columbus AFB, Major Faulkner, 39, and a student pilot were taking off for a training mission when a problem with the jet’s flaps caused the T-38C Talon II to roll to the left as it took off. The pilots tried to eject, but the plane was nearly upside down and too low for them to bail out safely. Both men perished in the crash.

A 1986 graduate of Mars Hill Bible School, and a 1992 graduate of the University of North Alabama, Major Faulkner joined the Air Force in August of 1989. He served as a member of the Alabama Air National Guard from 1989-94, a KC-135R navigator with the 117th Air Refueling Wing in Birmingham from 1996-99, an A-10 fighter pilot with the 706th Fighter Squadron in New Orleans from 2000-05 and ultimately as a T-38 instructor pilot.

During his career, Major Faulkner received numerous honors, awards and decorations including Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and the Aerial Achievement Medal among many others.

Maj Faulkner’s two children are Folds of Honor Children’s Fund Scholarship recipients.