KU plans flyover for Salute to Service football game; helicopter to be on display

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Update, 1:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5: According to a tweet from KU Athletics, the F-35s will not be performing the flyover ahead of kickoff “due to circumstances beyond our control.”

“There is still plenty of military celebration to experience, including our UH-60 Blackhawk static display!” the tweet stated.

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A flyover is planned to honor veterans as the Kansas Jayhawks face the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday afternoon at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, according to a KU news release.


In addition, a helicopter will be on display to view for the Salute to Service game.

“Approximately 10 minutes before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff, two F-35s flown by pilots from the 58th Fighter Squadron out of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida will soar over the stadium,” according to the release. “The pilots are Major Robert Poe from Winfield and Major Matt Mecadon, a KU alumnus who was commissioned from the KU Air Force ROTC program in 2012.”

There will also be a UH-60 Black Hawk landing on the outdoor practice field on the southeast corner of the stadium at 9 a.m. It will be on display for viewing throughout pregame starting at 11:30 a.m. through kickoff, according to the release. That unit is with the 108th Aviation Regiment from the Kansas Army National Guard out of Topeka.

KU is hosting numerous events and activities in honor of veterans through the upcoming week. Read more at this link.

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