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Fini-Flight, A Time-Honored Aviation Tradition

Fire engines from the Metropolitan Airport Commission give U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli, 133rd Airlift Wing commander, a water salute after he completes his fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019.

Fire engines from the Metropolitan Airport Commission give U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli, 133rd Airlift Wing commander, a water salute after he completes his fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019. The fini-flight is a time-honored aviation tradition marking the end of Gabrielli’s flying status. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli is greeted by family members and U.S. Air Force Col. (ret) Robert Hagel after completing his fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli is greeted by family members and U.S. Air Force Col. (ret) Robert Hagel after completing his fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019. The fini-flight is a time-honored aviation tradition marking the end of Gabrielli’s flying status. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli is greeted by Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing after completing his fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli is greeted by Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing after completing his fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019. The fini-flight is a time-honored aviation tradition marking the end of Gabrielli’s flying status. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

A C-130 Hercules from the 133rd Airlift Wing flies over the base during U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli’s, 133rd Airlift Wing commander, fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019.

A C-130 Hercules from the 133rd Airlift Wing flies over the base during U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli’s, 133rd Airlift Wing commander, fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019. The fini-flight is a time-honored aviation tradition marking the end of Gabrielli’s flying status. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli, 133rd Airlift Wing commander, taxies a C-130 Hercules during his fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Gabrielli, 133rd Airlift Wing commander, taxies a C-130 Hercules during his fini-flight in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 16, 2019. The fini-flight is a time-honored aviation tradition marking the end of Gabrielli’s flying status. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)