Tech’s Bowling Green game to feature military flyover by historic aircraft
As part of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day, the Corps of Cadets is pleased to announce that for the third-consecutive year the Tri-State Warbird Museum located in Batavia, Ohio, will sponsor a military flyover with a historic World War II era North American B-25 Mitchell bomber, “Axis Nightmare” and a North American P-51D fighter, “Cincinnati Miss.”
At the Bowling Green game, the B-25 will fly during the national anthem at the conclusion of the joint march-on by the current cadet regiment of more than 1,050 cadets and the alumni regiment, which has more than 300 returning. The P-51 will fly during the half-time Military Appreciation performance by both the Marching Virginians and the Highty-Tighties, the regimental band.
The flyovers are expected barring weather or operational factors and have been arranged by Stan Cohen, who earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering in 1949 and his master’s degree in civil engineering in 1951 from the College of Engineering and is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1949. To make this flyover a reality, Cohen is covering the cost of fuel for both aircraft.
The aircraft will be on display at the Virginia Tech/Montgomery Regional Airport beginning Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. when the B-25 is scheduled to arrive. The P-51 arrival time is estimated at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, and crews will be available until approximately 5 p.m. The crews will also be available Saturday before the game and after the flyovers until 5 p.m., as well as Sunday morning until the aircraft depart at 10 a.m. All are encouraged and welcome to come view these historic planes up close.
Both aircraft will do practice flights in the local area on Friday, and the P-51 is scheduled to flyover Lane Hall during the Corps of Cadets’ formal retreat at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.
– Submitted by Maj. Carrie Cox
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