American Patriot Citation Mustang
Cessna designates Citation Mustang for Veterans Airlift Command missions
Cessna Aircraft is joining
forces with Veterans Airlift Command to provide free transportation for injured
veterans. Cessna has designated a Citation Mustang, named the “American
Patriot,” to fly VAC missions.
VAC is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical and compassionate
transportation for wounded veterans and their families through a national
network of aircraft owners and pilots. Its priority is to help the veterans of
Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
On 10 November, Cessna’s “American Patriot” Mustang will fly two
veterans from San Antonio,
to and from VAC’s annual fundraiser in Pinehurst, where they will be honoured
on Veterans Day, 11 November.
“Our men and women in uniform have given our country a tremendous service,
and many have paid a heavy price. Our commitment of the ‘American Patriot’ to
support the Veterans Airlift Command allows us to demonstrate our gratitude and
provides Cessna with a way to give back to our wounded warriors,” said
Scott Ernest, Cessna president and chief executive. “I encourage those who
have not yet registered their aircraft with VAC to join up and fly with us so
no travel need goes unmet.”
The “American Patriot” Mustang features a unique paint scheme that
salutes the men and women who serve or have served in the US Armed Forces. On
each side, the “Patriot Defender” character holds a shield featuring
the four branches of the Armed Forces as a large American flag unfurls down the
side of the aircraft. The “American Patriot” debuted at the NBAA
convention this year.
“Many of our veterans return from combat facing devastating injuries and
long-term rehabilitation. Many times, they are recuperating hundreds of miles
away from family. Our goal at VAC is to be that bridge that brings families
together to help our veterans heal,” said Walt Fricke, VAC founder and air
boss. “We are fortunate to have Cessna join us in providing our wounded
warriors with this crucial service.”