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Aggie Pilots To Fly F-35As Over Kyle Before Vandy Game

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 September 23, 2020 8:37 AM updated: September 24, 2020 10:42 AM

Two Aggie pilots will fly F-35A fighters over Kyle Field before Saturday's football game vs. Vanderbilt. The flyover, set for 15 minutes before kickoff, is presented by the U.S. Air Force's 56th Fighter Wing out of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The F-35A Lightning II is the Air Force’s newest, fifth-generation fighter.

Donors to The Association of Former Students proudly help provide hotel accommodations for pilots and crew!


  • Maj. Justin “Char” Bellamy '08 (Corps outfit: Squadron 16)
  • Lt. Col. Tyler “Hook” Smith '04 (Corps outfit: Squadron 2)

In addition, four dedicated maintenance professionals will accompany the pilots, making this trip to Aggieland possible:

  • Master Sgt. Donnie Brown
  • Staff Sgt. Tarrus Cunningham
  • Staff Sgt. Josh Martinez
  • Airman 1st Class Jariah Pemble

This gameday in Aggieland incorporates many changes, as the Texas A&M community continues to work together to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Find details on gameday events and Kyle Field operations at and Association operations at

The Association is proud to support flyovers as a small way to thank the crews and to contribute to this part of the football gameday experience. Learn more about these demonstrations of skill and service: One of 2019's Aggie flyover pilots describes how they are executed and timed to the second at

The Association of Former Students has a bold vision to engage 100,000 donors annually for Texas A&M by the end of 2020. To learn more, visit To help us help more Aggies, make a gift at

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