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2 jet flyovers planned at A&M for Family Weekend, baseball

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 April 5, 2023 12:00 PM updated: May 2, 2023 11:53 AM

A pair of F-16C fighter jets piloted by Aggies will perform flyovers April 14 and 15 for Texas A&M’s Family Weekend events and an Aggie baseball game.

Pilots Lt. Col. James “HIJAK” Goeppinger ’00 and Lt. Col. Chris “Temper” Wells ’01 are from the 125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, based in Tulsa.

On Friday, April 14, the jets are scheduled to pass over the Corps Quad around 5:30 p.m. as the Corps of Cadets steps off to march to Simpson Drill Field for Family Weekend Review. See a full schedule for Texas A&M’s Family Weekend at  

The next day, the jets will fly over Blue Bell Park before the start of A&M’s 12:30 p.m. baseball game vs. Missouri.

The week will be a festive one in Aggieland, with The Association of Former Students hosting Aggie Ring Days on Thursday and Friday (April 13-14) – with a crowd of nearly 45,000 guests expected to join 6,000 Aggies receiving their hard-earned Aggie Rings – as well as Family Weekend events at Texas A&M including the Aggie Moms Boutique, Family Weekend Yell Practice in Kyle Field at 10 p.m. Friday and A&M football’s spring scrimmage at 3 p.m. Saturday.

When needed, The Association helps provide hotel accommodations for aircrew taking part in flyovers, a part of the Aggie experience that connects with the A&M value of selfless service. 

Support for both current and former students’ Aggie experiences is a central purpose of The Association, which provides academic scholarshipssupport to student organizationsfunding to faculty and staffformer student programs and more.

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