The leadership of Michigan's truly outstanding Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Unit has been hard at work creating some exciting events for the impending football season.
The Professor of Naval Science, CAPT Rick (Hoover) Vanden Heuvel has coordinated with various units to schedule flyovers. With the caveat that there may be last minute adjustments and that the FAA approval process always has the potential to put the kibosh on things, here is the current schedule:
- 10 Sep vs. Notre Dame: The Yankee Air Force's C-47 Skytrain "Yankee Doodle Dandy" will conduct a pregame flyover and a two-soldier parachute team from the 101st Airborne Division (The Screaming Eagles) will drop into the stadium during the halftime program (one each in the two end zones). Prior to the game, the Michigan and Notre Dame NROTC Units will contest their annual flag football game on Friday, 9 Sep at 7 pm at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. Stop by and cheer on your fellow students.
29 Oct vs. Purdue: This one is tentative and may not happen at all. A flight (of probably two) Navy F/A-18s will conduct a pregame flyover.[27 Oct update: I've confirmed that there will be no flyover for this weekend's game vs. Purdue.]
- 19 Nov vs. Nebraska: The University of Michigan will host its 2nd annual Military/Veterans Appreciation Day. The tentative events include a breakfast at Oosterbaan, Veteran's Walk from Oosterbaan to the Big House, an expanded flag ceremony during the pregame program, video clips and a flyover featuring four USAF T-39 Sabreliners.
- 26 Nov vs. Ohio
State: A USAF C-17 Globemaster will conduct a pregame flyover. [22 Nov update: I've confirmed that this is still the plan. It's possible that the crew will include one or two U-M alumni. Learn more about the C-17 here. It's an amazing aircraft that allows the United States to effectively project power globally.]