Local cadets get flight experience
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 7, 2006
SPECIAL TO THE REPORTER
Twenty Vincent junior ROTC upper class cadets soared high over the green hills of Alabama to participate in aerial refueling of six Alabama National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons stationed at Dannly Field Alabama on Feb. 24, 2006.
Cadets flew with the 117th ANG Aerial Refueling Wing out of Birmingham Air National Guard Base.
After a short orientation briefing, cadets boarded a KC-135R aircraft and flew directly over Vincent and Harpersville enroute to a rendezvous with the F-16 fighters.
Within thirty minutes of take off six F-16s appeared off the wingtips of the KC-135R.
Cadets were allowed to view the refueling mission from the boom operators pod at the rear of the large four engine tanker plane.
Also, during the plane&8217;s take off and landing, cadets were allowed to sit directly behind the pilots and experience the sights and sounds of the cockpit.