My pops called me tonight to say that the Bonneville Dog Tags that were in the new HOTROD magazine were on the front page of the paper. The siblings have been found in Kentucky. This is a Copy/Paste of the article incase they put it in the archives: http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/cgi-bin/c2.cgi?053+article+News.Local+20091101223103053053025 Very Cool!!! Chris Nelson Kansas ----- By JOHN FRIEDLEIN firstname.lastname@example.org Things move fast at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Not fast like a spooked jackrabbit. Fast like a screaming rocket. Its where Vanley Johnson tested the F-86 fighter jet a variety of which set a world speed record. His brother, Alan, called him a typical flyboy who loved the Air Force and was one of the first to pilot jets. Johnson has childhood memories of his older sibling, when he was stationed in the East, flying over their familys Flint Hill farm. The pilot circled, dove and waved his wings up and down when he left. There were 11 siblings in the family. When Vanley Johnson would come back to town, hed drive them to Sonora basketball games and buy popcorn and Cokes. For us, that was the biggest thrill in the world, said Alan Johnson, who now lives in Rineyville. In 1954, Vanley Johnson was training other flyers above the desolate Utah flats when he radioed that smoke was entering the cockpit. He thought he could make it to a nearby airfield, but a wingman saw him slump over the controls. The jet went down. A bulldozer filled in the large crater, and the military recovered the debris. But not all of it. The next year, the parents and the eldest Johnson sibling put a cross up there. People have since piled remaining crash debris near the cross. Some racers who rocket over the flats like Johnson did, but in land vehicles have visited the monument. Some residents of a nearby town go there, too, Alan Johnson said. Roy Creel, president of the Southern California Timing Association, said he was at the Salt Flats in August for a racing event when a friends wife found Vanley Johnsons bent dog tag near the cross. Things like this get buried in the flats and then sometimes work their way to the surface again. With the help of others, and by using the Internet, Creel searched for the pilots family. This was a guy who gave his life for the country, Creel said. With the name from the dog tag, he was able to track down the accident report, which gave him a lot of details about the crash but not about Johnson. Creel also found an obituary for the 31-year-old captain in a New Mexico newspaper. It said he was from White Hills Kentucky, an attempt at White Mills. Then a genealogist found the Hardin County History Museum Web site, which has Johnsons picture. And from property records and the phonebook, the search lead to Alan Johnson. The seven surviving siblings plan to next year rent a van and go see the cross, Johnson said. His Air Force brother, who is buried actually in Sonora, was a World War II and Korean War veteran. Vanley Johnsons dog tag the only one recovered and his uniform eventually may go into the Hardin County History Museum. The Utah find was featured in the December issue of Hot Rod magazine. Creel said he plans to bring the dog tag to the family on a December trip East. Alan Johnson said, We dont know how to thank him for what he has done. John Friedlein can be reached at (270) 505-1746, or at email@example.com. His Stories from the Heartland column runs Mondays in The News-Enterprise.