C-130J-30 Super Hercules will fly over Lane Stadium during Saturday’s football game


virginia tech logoThe U.S. Air Force will send a C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft to the start of Saturday’s football game against Middle Tennessee, which is also Military Appreciation Day at Lane Stadium and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets reunion.

Coordinated by Virginia Tech Air Force ROTC, the overflight is subject to change based on weather conditions and operational requirements. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The C-130J-30 Super Hercules is the “stretch” version of the transport aircraft, measuring 112 feet long (one-third the length of Worsham Field) with a wingspan of 132 feet, according to the Air Force. It can carry a variety of oversized cargoes including utility helicopters and six-wheeled armored vehicles to standard palletized cargoes and military personnel.

Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft serve a variety of roles, including airlift support, aero-medical missions, weather reconnaissance, firefighting functions for the US Forest Service, and disaster relief missions. natural.

Saturday’s flight crew will include Air Force Captain David “Brick” Jacobs, a C-130J instructor pilot with the 62nd Airlift Squadron, a 2011 Cadet Corps graduate who received a computer science degree from College of Engineering with minors in Leadership Studies and Mathematics.

The 62nd Airlift Squadron is part of the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.

Other events planned during the game include:

  • Cadets will collect donations for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. At all gates prior to kick off. Since 2001, the Corps has raised over $ 200,000 for the memorial and is the largest non-corporate sponsor of the D-Day Memorial.
  • Over 200 Cadet Corps alumni will walk the field in pre-game ceremonies to honor our flag during the national anthem.


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