Clemson grad participates in flyover at national championship


A Clemson University alumna has been chosen to perform a special duty before the Clemson Tigers take the field against Alabama’s Crimson Tide in the National Championship.

pilot-fullAir Force Captain Casey Manning, a 2005 graduate of Clemson, will take part in a flyover over the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona Monday night.

“Right now, we’re focused on having a safe fight, getting out there and doing it and then landing,” said Manning. “I think it’ll sink in a little later.”

Manning, who will be piloting an F-35 jet, calls this a “one in a lifetime” opportunity. The stadium is just 10 miles away from where he is stationed.

Clemson won’t be the only South Carolina school represented in the flyover. The pilot leading the squadron is a Citadel graduate and a Gamecock fan.

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