George Lockhart was born on February 17, 1947, in Tucson, Arizona. He entered the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1965 and graduated with a commission as a 2d Lt on June 4, 1969. Lt Lockhart next completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and was awarded his pilot wings at Columbus AFB, Mississippi, in August 1970, followed by B-52 Stratofortress Combat Crew Training before being assigned to the 340th Bomb Squadron at Blytheville AFB, Arkansas. Lt Lockhart deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, in April 1972, and was killed in action during Operation Linebacker II on December 21, 1972. His remains were returned to the U.S. on December 15, 1988.
His Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Citation reads:
Captain George B. Lockhart distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Copilot near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 20 December 1972. On that date, while participating in one of the largest conventional bombing raids ever amassed in the recent history of aerial warfare, Captain Lockhart's aircraft received significant battle damage as the result of extremely heavy hostile fire. Captain Lockhart and his crew were targeted against massed supplies, communications equipment, and transportation lines in order to eliminate the aggressor's capacity to initiate an offensive, and despite receiving heavy battle damage and incurring grave personal danger, Captain Lockhart and his crew maintained their position within the strike force until the very last minute to avoid civilian casualties. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Lockhart reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.