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July 10, 2012 > Parade starts with the Beech Boys

Parade starts with the Beech Boys

Submitted By Bruce Poulton
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The Beech Boys kicked off the 2012 Fremont Fourth of July Parade with three impressive flybys of 10 aircraft. No, not the 60's rock band, but "Beech" as in Beechcraft. Almost all participants in the parade flyby own single-engine Beechcraft Bonanzas.

The Beech Boys got involved in formation flying initially so they could participate in Bonanzas to Oshkosh, a mass flight of over 100 Beechcraft Bonanzas to Oshkosh Wisconsin, home of Air Venture, the largest fly-in and air show in the country. They live all over Northern California, but get together regularly to practice formation and participate in air shows. Bruce Poulton, a Fremont resident for the last 15 years, led the formation, which originated out of Reid-Hillview airport in San Jose.

The formation flybys included the "Kite", the Delta, and the Missing Man. The Missing Man formation honors our country's fallen veterans by having an aircraft from each group depart the formation and "head West". After opening the Fremont parade, the formation flew to Morgan Hill and opened their Fourth of July Parade.

Participants in flyover included: Bruce Poulton, Fremont - 1954 Bonanza V-tail; Jim MacKnight, Morgan Hill - 1977 Bonanza V-tail; Mark Kadrich, San Jose - 1946 Globe Swift; Stan Stewart, Sacramento - 1961 Beechcraft Debonair A33; Larry Gaines, Stockton - 1958 Beechcraft Bonanza V-tail; Bruce Wold, Novato - 1967 Beechcraft Bonanza V-tail; Reinhard Jarschke, Angwin - 1962 Beechcraft Debonair A33; Ernie Brock, Sacramento - 1968 Mooney M20G; Robert Thrailkill, Stockton - 1963 Beechcraft Bonanza V-tail; Russ Hackler, Danville - 1964 Beechcraft Bonanza V-tail.

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