I’ve decided that the older I get, the less I understand about life. Apparently there are other Texans who feel the same way, and they took it upon themselves to help rescue tradition for the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation.
It seems that the sequester has grounded the Thunderbirds and other U.S. military flight demonstration teams, meaning that the class of 2013 was doomed to toss their hard-earned caps into the air without the deafening roar of the traditional flyover. However, Texans weren’t having that…not at all!
Pilots from the Texas Flying Legends Museum and the National Museum of World War II Aviation (Colorado) took up the cause, raising the needed 100,000 in donations to allow them to take to the skies.
“Texas Flying Legends Museum pilots flew two P-51D Mustangs, a B-25J bomber, a P-40K Warhawk, a FG-1D Corsair, FM-2P Wildcat and a TBM-3E Avenger high above the Academy Wednesday morning. A P-47 Thunderbolt and a B-25 bomber were flown by pilots from the National Museum of World War II Aviation.” -Denver Post
I feel sure there was supposed to be some type of a political statement in all of this and as it turned out, there was.
Instead of the usual flyover, students and all in attendance were awed to look up into American skies…free skies…to see aircraft flown by the heroes of other days and prior conflicts, creating a very emotional moment as well as a reminder of just exactly why it is that the stars and stripes still wave in this country.
So….while it is true that I have no comprehension of handing out the amount of money that we do while short-changing those who will serve and protect all of us, in this case a really bad decision turned into something very beautiful…all because a group of Americans bypassed the government and did things themselves…something we need more of in this country!
Our thank you to Betty Kirkland of Gustine, Texas for filling us in on just what was happening with this very important graduation!