BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 15, 2013 – The Tri-State Warbird Museum located in Batavia, Ohio, will conduct a military flyover with the historic World War II era North American B-25 Mitchell bomber, “Axis Nightmare” during the National Anthem prior to the Virginia Tech versus Duke football game on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The flyover is expected barring weather or operational factors and has been arranged by Mr. Stan Cohen who earned his bachelor’s in architectural engineering in 1949 and master’s in civil engineering in 1951 from the College of Engineering. He is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1949. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech Cohen served with the 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, the Flying Tigers, in the China, Burma, India Theater in 1945 flying the P-40.
To make this flyover a reality, Cohen is covering all costs associated with bringing the aircraft to Virginia Tech.
The B-25 medium bomber is most famously known as the aircraft used by the Doolittle Raiders to carry out their historic bombing mission against Japan in April of 1942.
The aircraft will be on display at the Virginia Tech/Montgomery Regional Airport located at 1601 Research Center Dr. beginning Friday, Oct 25 at approximately 11:30 a.m. when the aircraft is scheduled to arrive from Ohio. The crew and aircraft will be available that afternoon.
The crew and aircraft will also be available Saturday before the game starting at 9 a.m. and the aircraft will again be available after the flyover on Saturday as well as Sunday morning until the aircraft departs at approximately 9 a.m.
The public is encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this historic aircraft.
The B-25 will do practice flights in the local area on Friday.
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.
For more than a decade, football fans have enjoyed numerous flyovers each season thanks to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni who coordinate the aircraft and often fly them over the stadium.
As part of Corps of Cadets Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day on Sept. 22, 2012, at the football game versus Bowling Green, the Tri-State Warbird Museum located in Batavia, Ohio, sponsored 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”. The planes were on display the day before.