UTICA, N.Y. – A Utica native will be the pilot for this year’s F-16 flyover during the Boilermaker post-race party.
Maj. Nicholas “Titto” Hanna was born at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, attended Proctor High School and went to college locally.
He says he remembers watching the events as a child.
"The Boilermaker was the main experience I had with seeing fighter jets growing up, so seeing that, I saw them elsewhere too, but that every year was what planted the seed in my head, if you will, and made me get interested in it,” said Hanna.
Hanna is stationed at Hollman Air Force Base in New Mexico where he teaches new pilots how to fly F-16 jets.
He says, "I love what I do back there, but coming home, being able to flyover my hometown is kind of unreal, it's pretty nice.”