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Flying Tigers Land at Auburn Airport

By Jesse Jensen

Flying Tigers Land at Auburn Airport

Anyone watching the skies above Auburn on Thursday may have seen a strange sight — flying tigers.

Three planes from the Tiger Flight Formation Flight Team landed at the Auburn University Regional Airport to refuel on their way to the Marvel of Flight fly in and expo in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.

The three Alon A-2 Aircoupes are painted with tiger stripes after the nickname of the military version of the plane called the “Twin Tailed Tiger.”

The three pilots flying the planes, Phil Cataldo, Dave Johnston and Joel Megginson are part of the Tiger Flight Foundation based at the Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome, Ga.

The non-profit group performs formation flying techniques at air shows or ceremonial fly-over’s and works to teach children about aviation, according to Cataldo.

More information about Tiger Flight is available on their website www.tigerflightfoundation.org.