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Record Breaking Fourth for Utah Fly-overs

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The Fourth of July experience for thousands of Utahns will include the rush of the traditional F-16 Fighter Jet Fly-over. The 419th Fighter Wing from Hill Air Force Base will break its own record of the most fly-overs on a patriotic day. Tech Sargent Richard Gonzales, a member of the 419th, says the previous Air Force record for fly-overs was 13.

“We have 19 fly-overs planned for cities all the way from North Ogden down to Vernal and pretty much everywhere in between,” he says.

Gonzales says the show of force is meant more as a show of appreciation from Utah’s Reserve Unit.

“We’re so lucky that here in Utah we have such a military-friendly state and they’re always supporting us. So this is a good way for us to show our appreciation for that show of support," he says.

The 388th Fighter Wing from Hill Field will fly over the expected 50 thousand people at the Stadium of Fire Wednesday night.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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