October 16, 2013 - A group of 49 Van's RV homebuilt aircraft from 17 states and the District of Columbia set a new unofficial Guinness World Record for a civilian formation flight Sunday when it overflew Arrowhead Stadium before the Kansas City Chiefs-Oakland Raiders NFL game.
The standing record of 37 aircraft was set at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009.
The group, called the KC Flight Formation Team, had most of the participating aircraft equipped with smoke oil systems pouring out pink smoke in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The effort also helped to raise a reported $30,000 for the University of Kansas Cancer Center and its surgery center at Indian Creek.
"The Guinness book of world records is really going to be cool, but what brought everybody to town was breast cancer," said pilot Phillip Lamb, EAA 723074, of KC Flight Formation. "I think the big goal is to raise awareness and obviously money,"
The group's Facebook page is replete with several submitted fan videos showing the splendid flyover from several angles. Comments describing the flyover included "amazing," "incredible," "awesome," and several others.
The group staged at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport, and flew a practice flight on Saturday. The opportunity to even make the flight is due to the federal budget sequester and elimination of military flyovers.
Kudos also go out to Team AeroDynamix, the air show formation flight team made up of Van's RVs that opened Saturday's Bank of America 500 NASCAR race with an 11-ship flyover at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.