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Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets to host World War II and Vietnam era aircraft flyover for Clemson game


   

From top to bottom are the TBF-1C Avenger flown by Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus, Capt. Ben Tate, U.S. Navy (retired), Class of 1942 and the T-28D Trojan flown by Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus, Gen. Tom Richards, U.S. Air Force (retired), Class of 1956 From top to bottom are the TBF-1C Avenger flown by Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus, retired Capt. Ben Tate, U.S. Navy, Class of 1942, now deceased, and the T-28D Trojan flown by Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus, retired Gen. Tom Richards, U.S. Air Force, Class of 1956


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 29, 2011 – For the second-consecutive year the Tri-State Warbird Museum located in Batavia, Ohio, will sponsor a military flyover. The flyover, hosted by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, will include a historic World War II-era Grumman TBM-3 Avenger and two Vietnam-era T-28 Trojan aircraft. It will occur during the National Anthem, prior to the Virginia Tech versus Clemson football game.

The flyover is expected barring weather or operational factors and has been arranged through the generosity of Stan Cohen who earned a degree in architectural engineering from the College of Engineering and is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1949. 

The TBM-3 will arrive on Friday and will be on display at the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport between 1 and 4 p.m. on Friday. The T-28s will arrive Saturday morning and all aircraft will be on display at the airport between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to see these historic aircraft in person.

Both aircraft are historically significant to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. The TBM-3 was flown by Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus, retired Capt. Ben Tate, U.S. Navy, Class of 1942, now deceased, off the USS Belleau Wood when he and two other aircraft sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Hiyo during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. He was awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest award for valor, for his actions in this battle.

The T-28 was primarily a training aircraft, but was also used for counter-insurgency operations during Vietnam. Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus, retired Gen. Tom Richards, U.S. Air Force, Class of 1956, who earned a degree in business administration from what is now the Pamplin College of Business, flew the T-28 in combat in South East Asia.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced military, public, and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.


Alumnus provides flyovers -- and much more

    Virginia Tech alumnus Stanley Cohen
Arranging for planes to fly over Lane Stadium at football games in 2010 and 2011 were just two of many actions on Virginia Tech's behalf taken by alumnus Stanley Cohen, whose profile from the summer 2011 issue of Impact, the university's philanthropy magazine, is also online.

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