May 29, 2014
By Alyssa J. Miller
The Trojan Horsemen flight demonstration team, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, will delight attendees at AOPA’s Indianapolis Fly-In May 31. The group has advised AOPA that it plans to perform formation passes over Indianapolis Regional Airport with four North American T-28 Trojans before landing about 10 a.m. to participate in the fly-in static display. The team said it will depart around 2 p.m.
The group, which has six T-28 Trojans and seeks to promote the importance of military aircraft and preserve historical warbirds, is celebrating its tenth anniversary of performances this year.
“We’ve turned a lot of avgas into a lot of smiles, touching thousands of vets and their families … and after all, what more noble purpose could we have than to honor the veterans for whose sacrifices made it possible for us to enjoy these freedoms?” said Trojan Horsemen Team Manager and Founder Jim Stitt in the team’s mission statement retrospective.
During airshows, the formation and aerobatic demonstration team performs a “Salute to the Armed Forces of the United States” that is choreographed to patriotic music. Their performances also support the Veterans Airlift Command.
Pilots flying in to Indianapolis Regional Airport (KMQJ) on May 31 should download the flight procedures and notam. AOPA has established Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (KUMP) as the official fly-in reliever airport and is offering free transportation between it and Indianapolis Regional every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 31. Those planning to make a weekend out of the event can book a rental car through AOPA for exclusive discounts from Enterprise, National, and Alamo.
During the fly-in, attendees can check the weather and file a flight plan with DTC DUAT, the official weather sponsor of AOPA’s Regional Fly-Ins.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
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AOPA's freshly painted Sweepstakes Debonair, a seven-eighths scale P-51 Mustang, Curtiss JN-4 Jenny replica, and other rare aircraft will be on display for pilots to ogle at the Indianapolis Regional Fly-In May 31. Plus, go for a flight in a B-17 Flying Fortress, Fairchild PT-26 Cornell, Consolidated Vultee BT-13 Valiant, Boeing PT-17 Stearman Kaydet, or Pitts S2C.
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