The U.S. Navy will send two MH-60S Knighthawk aircraft to fly over Lane Stadium at the start of today’s football game against Wake Forest.
Coordinated by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the flyover is subject to change based on weather and operational requirements. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
The aircraft and the 10-person crew are from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22, the “Sea Knights,” based at Naval Air Station Chambers Field in Norfolk. The unit’s mission is to deploy helicopter detachments for Navy needs in support of the fleet and national defense.
The crew includes two Hokies: the Sea Knight’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Matt Persiani, who graduated in 2001 with a degree in business information technology and a minor in leadership studies; and Lt. Cmdr. Greg Sherman, who graduated in 2006 with a degree in business management and a minor in leadership studies.
The Knighthawk is a fleet combat support helicopter designed for anti-surface warfare, special operations support, personnel recovery and combat logistics. It is similar in style to the U.S. Army’s Blackhawk aircraft.
The aircraft will fly over the stadium Saturday during the pregame events, while the Highty-Tighties, the Corps of Cadets regimental band, plays the National Anthem.