Since it was a training mission, and one flown in the
rain at that, it was important for them to stay focused on
the task at hand and not let their nervous excitement about
the big day cloud their vision. Luckily, they’re trained to
stay focused regardless of any outside distractions.
“We do a pretty good job of compartmentalizing
everything,” Will explained. “My biggest concern was flying
a two-ship tactical mission in the weather. I didn’t get
nervous or have the wedding portion on my mind until the
engines were shut down and I was unbuckling my seatbelt.”
And finally, they had to be in leave status for the
ceremony so they weren’t on the clock. It could only
commence after engine shut down and all the checklists
were complete, Will said. Lyndsy also pointed out that most
brides get all day to work on their hair, but she had to settle
for helmet hair in lieu of a fancy up-do.
After a crew chief marshalled in the plane, the aircrew
lowered the ramp, revealing a U.S. Flag hanging as a
backdrop. The pilot and navigator — or in this case, the
bride and groom — rushed off the back of the plane like a
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couple late to the chapel and got into position. Will’s
mother affixed a yellow rose boutonnière to her son’s flight
suit while Lyndsy’s parents handed their daughter a small
bouquet of yellow roses.
Next, Capt. Sara Parris, 94th Airlift Wing chaplain and
wedding officiant, stood in front of the flag and prepared to
begin the wedding ceremony from the back of the C-130.
Although this might be an unusual location for a
wedding, it seemed fitting for the two Dobbins aviators, as
their love of flying is what brought them together.
Lyndsy began her career at Dobbins in the medical
squadron before finding an opportunity to become an
officer and attend navigator training. It was a long process
with challenges of its own, she explained. As for Will, he
grew up in an Air Force family so he had been around
C-130s his whole life and found a love for aviation at an
early age, he said.
“Flying for me has been therapeutic, it is relaxing and I
feel in my place up there,” Lyndsy said. “I never gave up on
my dream of flying and went after it. During that time Will
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