Two Clarkson University and Air Force ROTC alumni played a big role in a special flyover during the tenth annual NHL Winter Classic in New York City earlier this month.
While a choir completed the National Anthem, the United States Air Force executed a perfectly timed four-ship flyover of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, just outside of Raleigh.
Two Clarkson University and USAF ROTC Detachment 536 alumni led the formation and were later introduced at the stadium. Lt Col Cristian "Knuckle" Murray and Lt Col Dave "Wire" Roberts, both Class of 2000, were the flight lead and deputy flight lead for the flyby. Both avid Clarkson Golden Knight hockey and NHL fans, they were able to contribute to Clarkson's great hockey tradition, but this time from 1000 feet and 350mph.
Lt Col Murray, a graduate of the physics program, is an evaluator pilot with more than 3000 hours, of which 2700 are invariants of the F-15E, and has over 1000 hours of combat time over Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hostile areas. He has been stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida; Moody AFB, Georgia; Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina; Royal Air Forces Lakenheath, United Kingdom; Columbus AFB, Mississippi; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He currently is the Director of Operations for the 334th Fighter Squadron, one of three Formal Training Unit squadrons for the F-15E, and responsible for the flight training over 70 F-15E aircrew annually.
Lt Col Roberts, a graduate of the School of Engineering, is an evaluator pilot with more than 2800 hours, of which 2500 are invariants of the F-15E. He has nearly 500 hours of combat time over Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been stationed at Pope AFB, North Carolina; Columbus AFB, Mississippi; Shepard AFB, Texas; Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina; Royal Air Forces Lakenheath, United Kingdom; Nellis AFB, Nevada; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Khamis-Mushayt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is currently the Director of Operations for the 4th Training Squadron, the second of three Formal Training Units for the F-15E, and responsible for the academic and device training of over 140 F-15E aircrew annually.
The Rangers defeated the Sabers in overtime in front of 51,000 fans and millions more watching on TV.
Check out a video of the flyover here: https://goo.gl/x3RLx2