Orrin Sherman Watson, 31, a captain in the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing of the D.C. Air National Guard, was killed April 6 in an automobile crash in Wichita, Kan.
A spokesman for Wichita police said Capt. Watson was a passenger in a car that was struck broadside by another car. A National Guard spokesman said Capt. Watson had been on active duty for several days while participating in training in F4 Phantom jet fighter planes at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.
Capt. Watson, a former Air Force officer, left military service in 1978 to become a pilot with American Airlines. He joined the D.C. Air National Guard a year later and since then had divided his time between Westbury, N.Y., and Washington.
He grew up in Westbury and graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado in 1971. After pilot training, he flew bombers and was a B52 commander at Blytheville Air Force Base in Arkansas before resigning his commission.
Survivors include his parents, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Spann and Edna Watson, of Westbury and Washington; two brothers, Navy Lt. Cmdr. S. Marlowe, of Atlantic City, N.J., and Navy Ens. Weyman W., of Mather Air Force Base, California, and two sisters, Cynthia Hobson of Okinawa, and Diane Capers of Westbury.