Mon, Oct 17, 2011
Team Will Fly A 'Missing Man' In Honor Of Lost Team Mate
It's been a tough time for the Trojan Horseman since the loss of
a team mate in a WV Airshow crash last month, just hours after
another, separate, tragedy occurred at the Reno Air Races... On
November 11th, 2011 the team will fly together publicly for first
time since then.
Trojan Horsemen team members will fly a formation flight over
the start of the Veterans Airlift Command annual golf tournament
and Fund-raising dinner, then fly the missing man in honor of Jack
"Flash" Mangan. Flash was originally scheduled to lead this mission
and his team mates will complete it for him. Flash and his company,
RMG, have always supported veterans causes.
The Team has flown as the honor guard for the Veterans Airlift
Command since 2006. The VAC's purpose is to provide free air
transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical
and other compassionate purposes, through a national network of
volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. To date they have flown 5000
passengers and almost 2 million miles in support of our wounded
veterans. On Veterans day weekend the VAC will hold its annual
fundraiser at Pinehurst Golf Club outside Ft. Bragg in NC.
The Ranger Group Parachute team will participate in the opening
ceremony. The Ranger groups members include Mark Jones and Mike
Elliot former Golden Knights who jumped with President George Bush
on his 85th birthday.
Not content to let it end there, the VAC has decided to raise
the bar and some of their members have committed themselves in a
unique way to their cause. Narrator and Event Coordinator, Lisa
Heidinger, has been challenged to tandem jump with the Ranger Group
to raise funds for VAC and is raising much needed funds via
sponsorship of her jump.
Better yet, there is a competitive aspect to this in that Lisa
has been challenged by another VAC volunteer who will jump along
with her, to see who can raise the most money.
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