|By Carmelo Turdo|
|Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Site|
|Mike Rohlmann, Paul Cornelius, Jack Taylor, Joe Wapelhorst|
The Aero Experience was privileged to ride along with Paul Conelius in the lead Nanchang CJ-6A, one of two owned by a partnership at the airport. After the preflight, which included heating the engine externally, Paul gave a briefing on the safety harness and canopy operation as he secured me into the rear seat. The aircraft were lined up for takeoff on time, and all three joined in formation as we headed south, crossing the Mississippi River.
...and the return flight...
From the feedback received, the formation was right on time over the ceremony site, directly following the 21-gun salute. Family and observers warmly received the aerial salute, which was proudly flown by the crews and sponsored in part by Ideal Aviation, EAA Chapter 64 and The Aero Experience.