Lake City pilot killed in California spy plane crash
By News4Jax.com Staff
September 21, 2016
LAKE CITY, Fla. - The pilot who died Tuesday after ejecting from a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane that crashed into a mountain in Northern California was a 20-year veteran who grew up in Lake City.
According to his family, Lt. Col. Ira Stephen Eadie had been stationed in California for the past six years. Before joining the Air Force, he was in the Navy and flew P-3 patrol aircraft out of NAS Jacksonville.
A co-pilot who also ejected has survived.
Eadie (pictured below) leaves behind a wife and six children, ranging in age from 6 to 25 years old.
Eadie's father told News4Jax that the couple met in Lake City and they were excellent parents devoted to family. He asked the community for prayer.
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