A MATCH MADE IN THE HEAVENS:
Dobbins couple marries on C-130
BY ANDREW PARK (94TH AIRLIFT WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS)
There is an old superstition that says rain on a
wedding day brings good luck and will lead to a
marriage that lasts.
Two aircrew members from the 700th Airlift
Squadron found themselves not only lucky enough to tie
the knot with one another, but also found a way to tie in
their love of flying on their special day.
“I think when he brought up the idea of us getting
married in the back of the plane, he threw it out there as
a joke,” said 1st Lt. Lyndsy Harrison, a 700th AS
navigator, recalling how she and Capt. Will Jones, 700th
Airlift Squadron pilot, came up with the idea to get
married on the back of a C-130. “But when I approved
and was just as stoked about it as he was we didn’t want
to do it anywhere else.”
As the C-130H Hercules landed at Dobbins on Nov. 10,
2020, it ended like any other flying mission at Dobbins. The
plane taxied around the flightline on a drizzly afternoon.
Once the plane got closer to its parking spot, however, it
was apparent that this was a unique flight.
Lyndsy, the flight’s navigator and bride to be, waved
enthusiastically from the flight deck to a small group of
friends and family members watching from the flight line.
“As we were taxiing back, I was overwhelmed with a
lot of different emotions,” Lyndsy said. “I was super happy
that I was minutes away from marrying my guy. I was
excited for our families and my sons who admire Will so
much. I was happy that people actually showed up, but I
was also extremely sad that I’ll never get to fly with Will
again. He is an amazing pilot and I am fortunate to have
flown with him.”
Not unlike other couples planning their special day, the
two aviators also ran into their fair share of challenges. For
one, regulations restrict married couples from flying on the
same plane. Will said they had originally planned to get
married on the flight, which would have been fine since
they weren’t married when they took off, but then what
about the landing? Another issue was planning the flight
itself. They obviously couldn’t fly the plane just for the sake
of the wedding, so they found a flight on the schedule
where they were both flying and planned the wedding
around that date.
“It was a planned training sortie,” Lyndsy explained.
“We were both being evaluated by instructor aircrew.”
BRIDE AND GROOM:
& Will Jones
DATE OF WEDDING:
Nov. 10, 2020
Back of a C-130
(94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021 | COBB LIFE 13