Air Operations Supervisor David F. Roberson

Air Operations Supervisor David F. Roberson

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, July 14, 1989

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David F. Roberson

Air Operations Supervisor David Roberson was killed in an airplane crash while tracking a group of illegal aliens near San Luis, Arizona, approximately four miles north of the Mexican border.

The Christen A-1 Husky single-engine plane he was piloting stalled, causing it to crash at a steep angle and burst into flames.

Supervisor Roberson had served with the United States Border Patrol for 23 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Arizona

aerial search, plane crash

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Rob and I worked K24 Sarita Checkpoint out of Kingsville , Texas.
One day he asked me if I wanted to learn to fly. A few weeks later he cut the tail off my best shirt as he soloed me. He was a great man. Full of fun and taught me to appreciate flying and the joy it brought. We flew many aircraft together as he often had side jobs with oil companies and the King Ranch. I miss him and always stop by the flight line at Kleberg Airport to pay my respects. Good air Rob. See you later.

John Graham
USBP 127

January 1, 2024

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