Dallas was Knight's home, and his son grew up to become a pilot with Southwest Airlines, flying the Dallas-bound plane with is dad's remains.
On Thursday, Knight - a pilot for Southwest - flew his father's remains back to the place where he last saw him 52 years ago, Dallas Love Field Airport. Knight was able to be positively identified using dental records. As a gate agent at Love Field announced, per Global News, "Col. Knight ejected from his aircraft, but no parachute was seen deploying" and a search "could not find him".
Efforts to excavate the crash site began in 1991, but a team was unable to recover any remains until earlier this year.
Col. Roy A. Knight Jr. was shot down May 19, 1967, as he led an airstrike in northern Laos.
Fifty-two years after his father was declared dead during the Vietnam War, a son is finally getting a chance to pay his last respects.
As the plan pulled up to Gate 12, water jets on either side from airport fire trucks created an arch. Airport workers on the tarmac stood at attention in tight rows, in photos Proskow posted.
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Canadian journalist Jackson Proskow witnessed Knight's return home while waiting for his own flight in the Dallas airport and documented the event on Twitter.
He was accepted for pilot training in 1957, going on to serve in Germany and France as a fighter pilot. Once they were identified, it was arranged for Knight to be returned to the United States, Proskow said.
Knight's service with full military honors will be held on Saturday 50 miles west of Dallas in Weatherford, according to The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. He flew combat missions nearly daily until being shot down May 19, 1967. He was listed as "missing in action", and promoted to colonel, before the designation was changed to "killed in action" in 1974.
"Our Southwest Airlines family is honored to support his long-hoped homecoming and join in tribute to Col. Knight", the airline said in a statement, "as well as every other military hero who has paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces".