Lyman N. Fairbanks – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force District of Columbia (Washington, DC) Flag

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Lyman N. Fairbanks, a retired Air Force Officer, business founder and aviation enthusiast was born in Washington, DC, he moved to Arlington, Virginia at an early age,
residing there until his death, April 16, 2000.

After his combat tour flying B-24 Liberators in WW II, he was stationed at Bolling AF Base.

In 1945 he started his business which continues today. In 1946 the Air National Guard was founded. He flew one of the first airplanes at the inaugural ceremony at Andrews AF Base, becoming Air Base Group Commander for the D.C. Air National Guard. In 1951 he was recalled to active duty and flew combat in Korea.

He is a 10th generation of the first Fairbanks in America, Jonathan I., builder of the Fairbanks House, 1636, the oldest wooden house still standing in America, at Dedham, Massachusetts.

He was an active member and past President of the Arlington Rotary Club, Washington Golf and Country Club and Resurrection Lutheran Church. He is missed by his wife of 59 years, Maryellen (Wittstatt) Fairbanks, a daughter, Penelope Holloway, a son Lyman III (Nick), a granddaughter, a grandson, a great-grandson, a brother, Bernard and his many friends.

Private burial at Arlington National Cemetery with graveside services by the Rev. Dr. Scott Ickert is planned.

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