Best friends for 60 years discover they are brothers

Randolph Lopez
December 27, 2017

It turns out they had one other thing in common-later in life, they both used DNA testing kits to search for their biological relatives.

Audio will be available later today.

Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have known each other for 60 years.

They also shared a special bond throughout their friendship.

"Never crossed my mind either", Robinson said, "that's what really incredible, we go [back] 60 years".

The results showed Macfarlane and robi737 had several matches in their DNA including identical X chromosomes.

Macfarlane's daughter, Cindy Macfarlane-Flores, says when they started digging into answers about his family history, a top DNA match was someone with the username Robi737.

His good friend, Robinson, went by Robi and flew 737s as a pilot for Aloha Airlines. Earlier this month, a student at Georgia's Kennesaw State University used Ancestry.com to find his brother ― who was studying at the same college.

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"It was a shock", Mr Macfarlane told KHON2, to realise then they had the same mother.

The two have always been told that they look the same, but one physical trait seemed to seal the fact that they were half brothers: their hairy arms.

They revealed the relationship to friends and family during a party Saturday night.

"It was an overwhelming experience, it's still overwhelming".

"I had a younger brother that I lost when I was 19 so I had never nieces or nephews and I thought I'd never know my birth mother, I'll never have any nieces or nephews", said Macfarlane.

The two called it the best Christmas present they could ever get.

The two men now are making plans to travel and enjoy retirement together.

"It really is a Christmas miracle and we're just so happy that we found it", Macfarlane-Flores said.

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