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Sarah Ziegler looks at a portrait of her late husband, Eric, while holding their daughter, Anna, 1, on Friday, in her mother-in-law's West Fargo home. Sarah, from Fargo, and Eric, from West Fargo, attended the Air Force Academy together and both served in the Air Force until Anna's birth. Eric was killed when his F-16C Fighting Falcon jet crashed June 28 outside the Nevada Test and Training Range. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Family of West Fargo pilot killed in crash hope his story inspires others

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WEST FARGO - In the high-flying, adrenaline-filled, "Top Gun"-glamorized world of fighter pilots, Capt. Eric Ziegler was the anti-maverick.


The humble West Fargo native was quick to change the subject when someone would mention his accomplishments, his sister said.

The experienced Air Force instructor pilot liked to plan things out and choose his paths carefully, his dad said.

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