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Aerial demonstration approved for graduation events

Posted 5/10/2013   Updated 5/10/2013 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 010513

5/10/2013 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  -- This year's Academy graduation week events will include flyover performances of historical U.S. military aircraft, provided by privately owned aerial demonstration teams, according to Academy officials.

More than a dozen pilots from multiple teams will volunteer their time to fly vintage aircraft during the 2013 Organizational Awards Parade May 27, the Graduation Parade May 28 and the Graduation Ceremony May 29.

The pilots volunteered their service to "honor the cadets and families," said Tyson Voelkel, President of Texas Flying Legends Museum.

Scheduled teams include a group of privately-owned T-33 aircraft, the Texas Flying Legends, the Mile High Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, and the National Museum of WWII Aviation based in Colorado Springs. Participating aircraft will include the B-25J, P-47, P-51D, P-40K, FG1D, FM2 and TBM-3E.

Information regarding the US Air Force Academy graduation can be found on www.usafa.af.mil under the Graduation link.


NOTE: News media interested in attending the parades May 27 or 28, or attending the May 29 graduation should contact the Public Affairs office at 333-7557, 333-7539 or 333-7639.

5/17/2013 6:55:01 AM ET
Hooray As I watched Fox News this am the story of the fly over for Air Force Academy graduates brought tears to my eyes. This is what our country is made of. I honestly don't think Obama gets it not sure he ever will what a shame How awesome that dictated sequestion can be over ridden by a group of men and women wanting to simply uphold American tradition.I have a son in the Air Force who was dlployed 11 times during the Afganistan disaster. We understand sacrifice we understand serving we understand our freedom. Thank you so much Marlene Thornton
Margaret Thornton, Savannah Ga
5/17/2013 6:35:14 AM ET
Thank you for flying to honor the graduation cadets They DO deserve the flyover And flying the WWII planes also pays tribute to my own AF Dad who piloted planes over THE HUMP during WWII. I hope to head down to see the flyover
Karen Shaw, Greeley Colorado
5/11/2013 3:32:22 PM ET
What a wonderful and generous gift The U.S. Air Force Graduates of 2013 are very deserving and will be very grateful. Thank you to all involved
Linda Carew, Eden Prairie Minnesota
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