A group of pilots located in Mesa, Arizona have formed a non profit organization with the mission of flying vintage aircraft in formations for veterans events.
These warbirds in Mesa consist of a retired Air Force General who was a fighter pilot, a retired General Motors engineer, an airline pilot, a doctor, six others, and their 10 military trainee planes. All with one goal—to take care of
veterans. They do so by taking flight.
“We do them summer and winter, so if it’s 110-degrees we won’t turn down a veteran that needs to be buried and respected here in the Valley,” Stich said.
The planes are housed in an historic hangar at the Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, Arizona. The hangar was used during World War II by the British military to train its pilots. Now it’s used by this group of 10 pilots.
“We’re just a group of guys that put this together and it’s worked out dramatically well,” said Dick Stich, a retired U.S. Air Force general. “It’s what I do. It’s what I am. I just love what I do. I love the guys I work with and the guys
I fly with. The guys that are doing the formation flying are all good. They’re all certified. We got to trust one another. We fly very close together and we’re pretty good at it.” – Fox News
A retired general, airline pilot, retired engineer, & seven others aim to honor and take care of veterans…by taking flight.
Join me as I take flight with The Falcon Warbirds and tell their story…how they’re impacting veterans and their families with each flight. pic.twitter.com/dFwixjkjfH
— Charlie Lapastora (@charlielap) January 11, 2018
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