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03-01-2018, 12:23 PM
It is with great sadness that I bring the news of our dear friend Jungle’s passing. Captain George Freeman, III was one of our more creative and captivating writers, sharing his experiences, an occasional laugh, and through some spectacular photography, glimpses into his everyday life in his office at FL350. Captain Freeman’s final battle was with that demon that requires massive doses of chemotherapy. He fought it long and hard, and while there were times of promise, the strain was eventually just too much.

He died with his boots on.

Captain Freeman was a patriot and he loved his country, his family, and his passion for flying was his life. As both an MD-11 and 747 Captain for UPS, he spent the better part of his career flying by night in and out of Anchorage. He was able to share many of those memories with us on our photo section. And while the pictures he posted are no longer visible here on the board, for those of us who witnessed them all those years ago, they will never be lost from our mind’s eye. According to his Father, who brought me this sad news today, he enjoyed the time here on Airline Pilot Central and spoke of it often. He shall be missed.

I will be forwarding any condolences or thoughts you wish to share with his Father.

Godspeed Captain Freeman.

03-01-2018, 12:36 PM
I’ll have a hard time ever seeing a picture of Hunter Thompson and not thinking of Jungle’s wit.

Tailwinds, Captain.

03-01-2018, 02:11 PM
I was very privileged to call George a friend. I still remember our first interaction here on APC. It was a thread about Darfur. I started the thread looking for volunteer pilots to fly my non-existent DC-8 full of humanitarian supplies destined for the people in South Sudan. George explained that he thought I was a nut job. (I'm still that, George!).

We corresponded a lot outside of APC. He used to send me not just pictures, but albums of pictures, that he had taken over his life travelling here and there.

His last email to me was in July 2017. He said he would be in the hospital until August 15, the chemo went well, still very ill, but that was expected until the transplant.

I kept all his emails and pictures, and will hold them close till we meet again.

03-01-2018, 02:44 PM
Godspeed, Jungle.

03-01-2018, 04:05 PM
Fair winds and following seas Marine.

03-01-2018, 10:00 PM

03-02-2018, 03:47 AM
RIP, Jungle. While we never met, your intellect and wit was always evident here on APC. Condolences to family and friends....

03-02-2018, 01:41 PM
Hiya G,

Hi, my friend and lover. I loved you so much. I want to thank you so much for everything. You changed how I think and I conduct myself.
You have to know I loved you a lot. I moved away from Dfw to Anc to be with you :). Oh yes we built a great house together. It did look over the Chugach mtns!
My greatest memory well there was a few you flying into Anc at 0600 shoot I used try to delay going to work so I could kiss you. Another listening to on the ATC. My favorite times was watching you come home.
I loved napping with you. You used to wrap your arm around me. We loved watching moose together.
I also loved sitting on the edge of our bed watching you getting dressed for a trip. I just loved you for you and yes we fought. You are an awesome pilot.
I remember when the 8.2 earthquake hit the house we were debating who knows what at 0200 because he was up because of bad UPS night schedules. Me, I'm up the house shook so hard, I pulled a blanket over me. We were debating. After that I said God does not want us arguing anymore. One his pictures fell off the mantle. Glass everywhere. We cleaned up the place and decided yeah arguing was not good! Haha!

I will always stand in the snow to watch you takeoff

I loved you George so much. Thank you so much for everything.
You are a good man and thanks for the ride of my life. ;)

Please have fairwinds. I am always thinking of you.


Ps. George if your listening I may have the ugly cry with our cat.
I love you and I am glad I carry you with me.

03-02-2018, 09:32 PM
Damn, that hits closer than I thought...fair weather and clear skies...

03-04-2018, 08:01 AM

George Kirby Freeman III

George K. Freeman III, age 62, passed away on February 27, 2018 in Raleigh, NC at home with his family. Born at the old Rex Hospital in Raleigh, he was raised in Goldsboro. As a child, George could hear the jet engines roaring at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and he would ask his Mother to take him to the airport to watch the planes take off and land. Later he flew with his Father and was always eager to take the controls and learn about the instruments. George graduated from Goldsboro High School and UNC-Chapel Hill. George entered the U. S. Marine Corps and earned the Gold Wings of a Naval Aviator and flew F-4 Phantoms. He later entered the U. S. Navy and trained pilots and air crew. After military service, George continued serving his country flying for the U.S. Government.

Following his public service, George flew for United Parcel Service, flying McDonnell Douglas and Boeing jets around the world. He retired in good standing as a Captain. In all, George logged over 15,000 hours of flight time.

George was very intelligent, very well read and possessed a quick and lively sense of humor.

In late 2016, George was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
He is survived by his parents: George K. Freeman, Jr. and Jane Lassiter Freeman; sister Mary Gail Freeman and brothers Thomas and James.

Services will be held Friday, March 9th at 11am in the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church located at 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 . In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

03-04-2018, 10:35 AM
Hey Vagabond,

Is there a way to Jungle's posts and threads alive. Sort of as a tribute to his wit, humor, and intelligence?

Why accept his passing... Let's start a thread about Jungle, and George, just to keep him alive.

03-04-2018, 11:38 AM
Hey Vagabond,

Is there a way to Jungle's posts and threads alive. Sort of as a tribute to his wit, humor, and intelligence?

Why accept his passing... Let's start a thread about Jungle, and George, just to keep him alive.

Go to:

Click on “statistics”, then on “find all posts by jungle” or “find all threads started by jungle”.

03-06-2018, 05:51 PM
Go to:

Click on “statistics”, then on “find all posts by jungle” or “find all threads started by jungle”.

Hey Tom,

I think that I have to disagree..

I have been a member since 2008 here, but my posts only go back to 11/23/2013. I am afraid that Jungle's post will slowly disappear over time as all mine from 2008-2013 did "find all posts".

It would be nice if we could preserve his posts.:(

03-06-2018, 05:56 PM
Go to:

Click on “statistics”, then on “find all posts by jungle” or “find all threads started by jungle”.

Jungle's oldest post that I see in his statistics is 09/01/2015.... unless a Moderator can see further back.:(

03-07-2018, 09:58 PM
I’m sorry to hear this news. Capt Jungle was an interesting dude and a top notch photographer. RIP Sir.

02-22-2019, 10:32 AM
Dateline: May 2017
Best wishes to you and yours for all time, currently transmitting from Raleigh NC. Life is good!

It's been a year since you left us. I'll see you in that better place. Take care.

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