NORMAN, Okla. -- Delta flight 1252 landed at Will Rogers World Airport a few minutes early Tuesday, according to the flight schedule.
According to the family waiting on the tarmac, the trip is actually more than four decades late.
The remains of Army Maj. James Whited were on the flight, coming home for burial.
Nov. 19, 1966 Maj. Whited was co-piloting a Mohawk on a reconnaissance mission over Laos when the plane went down.
Whited was never heard from again, presumed to be a P.O.W. for the past 46 years.
The Department of Defense has been working with Laos since 1993 trying to find and identify P.O.W. remains.
Maj. Whited will lie in state until his military funeral service scheduled for Friday morning.
He will be buried in his hometown of Norman at Sunset Memorial Park.
Whited's son, Jim Whited, traveled from Maryland for the burial with full military honors.
The U.S. government continues to work closely with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover Americans lost during the Vietnam War.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, call (703) 699-1169 or visit the DPMO website.