2 vets sought to fly with pilot at Ribfest

Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows crew is looking for two local veterans to fly with Holland, a world aerobatics champion, in his Veteran Home Loans MX2 aircraft at this year’s Rock’n Ribfest in Merrimack.

This will be Holland’s eighth air show at Rock’n Ribfest. Holland, a native of Nashua, first earned his pilot’s license at age 18 and went on to graduate from Daniel Webster College with two bachelor’s degrees in aviation before becoming world-renowned for his air shows. The crew started what they call their American Heroes Flight initiative last year, giving free flights to men and women of military service in Holland’s MX2 aircraft at air shows across the country. Tommy Freeman, media and publicity manager for the crew, said it’s their way of showing their support and appreciation for the troops.

“It’s our way of saying thanks for everything that they sacrifice,” Freeman said.

Two veterans will be selected in a random name drawing to fly with Holland in his special MX2 aircraft Friday at the onset of the weekend-long event. A nominated veteran should be physically capable, must be no taller than 6 feet and weigh no more than 185 pounds, as well as have the stamina to withstand G-force, Freeman said. Those interested in nominating a veteran for the free flight should contact Freeman at 1-585-703-5226 or tommy@ultimateairshows.com.