Miss America Is Dating a Pilot
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Miss America is dating an Oregon Air National Guard fighter pilot she met on a tour of the Portland Air Base.
Katie Harman, 22, and Lt. Tim Ebner, 29, had been seen dining at a restaurant along the city harbor and visiting the beach at Seaside to share tuna sandwiches during the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant in July.
``Sometimes I kick myself and say, `Hey, do you realize you are living some guy’s dreams to be dating Miss America,‴ Ebner said. ``But I’m not dating Miss America, I am dating Katie.″
Ebner, an F-15 pilot, said he plans to be in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 21 when Harman passes her title to the new Miss America.
Harman, who met Ebner in May, said they share mutual interests, including church, and that he understands the demands of celebrity.
``He was easygoing when two young girls asked for my autograph during our first date,″ Harman said. ``In a way, he’s been there. People see his flight suit and they think `Top Gun.‴
Harman plans to film a commercial for the Oregon Air National Guard in November and take a ride in an F-15.
``We’re two people with crazy jobs,″ Harman said. ``We encourage each other.″
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Miss America Organization Web site: http://www.missamerica.org