As part of Corps Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day on Sept. 22, 2012, at the football game versus Bowling Green, the Tri-State Warbird Museum located in Batavia, Ohio, sponsored a military flyover with a historic World War II-era North American B-25 Mitchell bomber, “Axis Nightmare” and a North American P-51D fighter, “Cincinnati Miss”.
The B-25 flew during the National Anthem at the conclusion of the joint march-on by the current cadet regiment of over 1,050 cadets and the alumni regiment, which had over 300 individuals return. The P-51 flew during the halftime Military Appreciation performance by both the Marching Virginians and the Highty-Tighties, which is the corps regimental band.
The flyovers were arranged by Stan Cohen who earned his bachelor’s in architectural engineering in 1949 and master’s in civil engineering in 1951 from the College of Engineering and is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1949. To make the flyover a reality, Cohen covered the total cost of the venture.
The aircraft were on display at the Virginia Tech/Montgomery Regional Airport beginning Friday, Sept. 21.
See video of the flyover: Video: Flyover by historic B-25 Mitchell bomber
See photos of the flyover: Photos: Historic flyover by World War II-era aircraft