Helicopters to fly low for ROTC event

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Students might see several Black Hawk helicopters flying low above campus today, but there is no need to be alarmed.

Nate Beeman, K-State ROTC public affairs officer, said as part of an annual orientation event, freshman ROTC members will have the opportunity to ride in the aircraft, which will be flown by Fort Riley fighter pilots.

“Most of the [freshmen] haven’t had the experience of flying in Black Hawks before, so it’s an intro to what it’s like to fly,” said Beeman, senior in electronic media. “It also gives them an opportunity to get experience with guys that have flown in combat.”

Beeman said the helicopters will begin landing in Snyder Family Stadium about 8:30 a.m., continuing through 10 a.m. He said the helicopters will make their routes, flying at a fairly low level, all across Manhattan and above campus.

“It’s a great opportunity to work with Fort Riley, and it gives K-State students an experience that a lot of other students don’t get with their ROTC programs,” Beeman said.

The event will take place as scheduled, weather permitting. If it is raining, Beeman said the event will be rescheduled because of safety precautions.

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