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View Full Version : Jungle's Final Flight

03-01-2018, 12:33 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

(Also posted on “In Memory Of”)

03-01-2018, 06:37 PM
Tailwinds, Captain Freeman. Condolences to his family and friends.

03-02-2018, 06:53 AM
Tailwinds, Captain Freeman. Condolences to his family and friends.

Same .....
Too young :/

03-02-2018, 11:29 PM
Very sad to hear this. Total gentleman.

03-03-2018, 07:40 AM
Godspeed Jungle. Thank you for your insight and wisdom, you are missed.

Tango Uniform
03-03-2018, 09:25 AM
I lurked here for some time. Jungle was always class and a very eloquent writer. Sympathy for his family. Godspeed

03-03-2018, 10:01 AM
Fair winds and following seas....Semper Fi

He rates both....

03-04-2018, 08:02 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, 10:27 AM

I never knew you in person, only as Jungle here on this site. Which is amazing as I lived in SDF from 1994-2000, and taxied over to UPS almost every night. How I missed seeing your posts that, whether I maddeningly disagreed or wholeheartedly agreed with you, I always was awed and entertained by your well-written posts. How I miss the AGITPROP.......

Tailwinds, George. I miss you bad as Jungle; I can't imagine how much those of you who knew him miss him.

03-04-2018, 06:08 PM
Reading George's Obit makes it even harder than it was before. My condolences to all my UPS brothers and sisters on your loss.


03-14-2018, 01:24 AM
Hi G,

I want to wish you well. Guess what, you were my greatest friend thank you for a piece of my life.