Retired Air Force Col. Harley L. (Hap) Reed, 58, who twice served with the 89th Military Airlift Wing, which includes Air Force One and other presidential aircraft, died of a circulatory ailment Tuesday at Fairfax Hospital.
Col. Reed was a highly decorated combat veteran of World War II and was operations officer of a reconnaissance squadron in Thailand from 1967 to 1968.
He began his military careeer as bomber pilot in the 8th Air Force during World War II. He flew 31 missions in B17 Flying Fortresses.
His decorations included two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters.
Col. Reed was projects officer for presidential flights during the early years of the administration of president Lyndon B. Johnson. When he retired in 1975, he had been deputy operations commander of the 89th, Special Missions, for three years. The wing is stationed at Andrews Air Force Base.
Col. Reed was a native of Glastonbury, Conn., and a resident of Springfield, Va. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the beginning of World War II and received his commission before going overseas.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, of Springfield, a daughter, Kathryn A. Scott of North Stonington, Conn.; a son, Air Force Capt. Robert A. Scott of North Stonington, Conn.; a son, Air Force Capt. Robert E., of Portsmouth, N.H.; two brothers, Emerson, of Glastonbury, and Howard, of Orange, Conn., and four grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Air Force Village Foundation, 4917 Ravenswood Dr., San Antonio, Tex., 78227.