Freedom Flight was born on July 4th, 2006, in response to requests from local communities in the Lake Conroe area for patriotic fly-overs to help them celebrate Independence Day. This group of former military and airline professional pilots had been flying formation for a couple of years for their own amusement and to keep their flying skills sharp. The request awakened a patriotic spirit that has permeated the group ever since.
Freedom Flight over Lake Conroe on the 4th of July
Diamond formation over the lake
Honoring Fallen Heroes
Sam Ward and Dick Kardell practice formation before we became Freedom Flight
Lonestar Executive Airport, Conroe, Texas
A Six-Ship Salute to the troops
CONROE HS BASEBALL OPENER
Oct 16, 2010: Covery Trails Fly-In
Freedom Flight took seven airplanes to the Covey Trails (X09) fly-in in Southwest Houston. Quite a crowd gathered for our noon-time formation exhibition. The field was closed to other traffic--we had it all to ourselves. We did a number of passes in various configurations. The last pass was a double missing man formation for two aviation residents who passed away during the year. The double missing man was a first for us and I don't recall ever seeing it done before. It looked quite impressive and was well received by the residents. Lunch was on the residents and was an outstanding BBQ with all the trimmings. Thanks to Blake and Sandy Thomas and all the Covey Trails residents for their hospitality. Members of the seven airplane formation were: Sam Ward, Fred Dennis, Denny Irvine, Dick/Julia Kardell, Chuck Scott, Dick Stevens/Dennis McCright, and guest pilot Blake Thomas. See pictures to the right.
"FREEDOM FLIGHT: THE MOVIE"
SUPPORT THE TROOPS
ON THE COVER OF
We do our best to maintain great relations with all the Lake Conroe communities, especially Bentwater, since many of the pilots live here.
This picture was taken during a practice flight where we were polishing up the four-ship cross-under and echelon turns. We do most of our practice over unpopulated areas and at relatively high altitudes to minimize exposure until we are invited to fly a holiday event.
Conroe Courier, Friday, April 22, 2011. Lonestar Freedom Flight performs a flyover before the start of Thursday's Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park dedication in Conroe.
Approaching the Flag Park--SMOKE ON !!
We were invited to attend the remainder of the ceremony for introductions. Those in the formation, left to right: Hacksaw (Dick Kardell), Mudbug (Jimmy Crawford), Thud (Fred Dennis), Wheel (Denny Irvine), Deuce (Sam Ward), Wrench (Dennis McCright), and Bronco (Dick Stevens).
Huntsville, Texas, June 18th. Great photos from a flyby at the Hearts Veteran's Museum for a Model A convention. Great shot of our exciting "cross-over" pass.