by Terry Rogers
In May, Jeff Chorman and Mark Greenly climbed into historic planes from the Delaware Aviation Museum as well as those owned by Allen Chorman and Son. The planes flew over every fire and police department, nursing home and medical facility in Sussex County, traveling from west to east.
“My husband and Jeff were flying twin engine Beechcrafts that were WW2 bomber trainers,” Kelly Shupe Greenly said. “The Beechcrafts are currently used to spray for mosquitoes on the Delmarva Peninsula.”
Mark’s son Conor, who is seven, flew in the co-pilot seat of the Beechcraft 18, a plane used for bombardier trainer during World War II. This was Conor’s first time in a twin engine plane. He said it was “almost as cool as being on a roller coaster”. He stated that he wants to be a crop duster when he grows up, just like his Dad.
“This was one of the coolest flights I’ve ever taken,” he said. “I can’t wait to fly in a twin engine again.”
Conor is going into third grade at Lulu Ross Elementary School in Milford, DE. Part of the Spanish Immersion Program, he also enjoys Social Studies and Science. An avid baseball player, Conor also hunts goes fishing with mom and dad on a regular basis.
Greenly said that her family has received many texts in support of the flyover. She has also seen many social media posts applauding her the Chormans and the Delaware Aviation Museum for performing the flyover.
“Sussex County Air Force flyover in Milford. What a nice tribute to the healthcare workers and first responders. Great to see the old warbirds,” said Ed Morris of Milford.
All pilots who participated in the flyover were volunteers and will only be reimbursed by fuel cost. The goal for the $10,000 in fuel costs was reached when Sussex County Council voted to cover half the costs. In addition to the Beechcrafts, a B25 Mitchell, P51 Mustang, C-45 Expeditor, L-19 Bird Dog, DHC-1 Chpmunk and a DHC-82 Tiger Moth also flew in the flyover.
“It is all about honoring our heroes,” Linda Price at the Delaware Aviation Museum said. “They are heroes to all of us, so we wanted to do something in a special way that would honor them.”