The Delaware Air National Guard will conduct a two-ship C-130 aircraft flyover of the Delaware Memorial Bridge Plaza tomorrow morning, Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at approximately 10:20 a.m., before the formal ceremony begins on the ground just before 11:00 a.m.
The two C-130 Hercules transport aircraft of the 166th Airlift Wing, based at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, will takeoff sometime before 10:00 a.m., then get in position for the flyover. Airmen on the ground at the Delaware Memorial Bridge, as well as Airmen at base operations in New Castle Airport will coordinate with the aircrew.
The unit has previously conducted several flyovers on patriotic holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The last flyover was Sept. 10, 2011, during a flyover of Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware just before kickoff for a University of Delaware home football game to commemorate Patriots Day and U.D. Service Appreciation Night.
"We are very happy to fulfill a request by the Delaware Veterans Commission to conduct this flyover," said Col. Jonathan Groff,
wing commander, 166th Airlift Wing. "We will have a number of Airmen from the Delaware Air National Guard on the ground at the Veterans Day ceremony, joining Soldiers from the Delaware Army National Guard and several senior leaders of the Delaware National Guard as we gather with veterans from all of our U.S. military services and fellow members of our community."
Direct links to download several great recent high-resolution photos of Delaware Air Guard C-130 aircraft in motion are below:
Hercules on a roll: C-130H aircraft tail number 40210 from the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard on a takeoff roll on the runway at the New Castle ANG Base, Del. on Sept. 22, 2011.
Running on the blocks: An Airman keeps in contact with fellow maintainers as engines run on C-130H aircraft tail number 40207 from the 166th Airlift Wing on the Delaware Air National Guard ramp at the New Castle ANG Base, Del. on Sept. 22, 2011.
LAST FLYOVER: A Delaware Air National Guard C-130 aircraft performs flyover of Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware on Sept. 10, 2011, before kickoff of a Fightin' Blue Hens football game
The Delaware ANG has 1,100 members, and continually deploys personnel and subordinate units around the globe.
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Delaware Air National Guard:
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Media contact: Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey
Public Affairs Specialist
166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard
2600 Spruance Drive
New Castle, DE 19720-1615
Cell 302-593-2126, or Office 302-323-3369
Unit website: http://www.166aw.ang.af.mil
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