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Even though Saturday's Husker football game may have been canceled, Beatrice native Lt. Col. Brett Wells was still able to take to the skies once again.

Wells piloted his first four-ship fighter jet formation flyover over Memorial Stadium shortly before game-time, last Saturday. This was his fourth flyover in the past 10 years.

In the past, Wells has been a part of a two-ship formation, but he had requested in the past to make it a four-ship formation. 

“I ask every time and it finally got approved," he said.

Wells said one of the reasons he has wanted to do a four-ship formation is because it looks “cooler” and is a staple fighter squad formation. He's unsure exactly when his first time doing a flyover for a Nebraska game was, but he knows it has been at least ten years.

For his first flyover, he was stationed in New Mexico, while the second time he was in Ohio.

For the last two times, he's been stationed in Columbus, Mississippi.

According to Wells, 75 percent of the crew was the same as it was the last time he partook in a flyover.

Two of the crew members had never been to Nebraska. Wells said it is fun for him to get to show off his home state and Nebraska football to others.

Wells and his wife, Jessie Wells, are originally from Beatrice. Both of them graduated from Beatrice High School in 1994. After graduation, Wells attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

While Wells has no military background in his family, he knew he wanted to be in the Air Force when he saw his first flyover. Wells hopes that partaking in these flyovers will have the same impact on younger fans and inspire them to become pilots.

“Maybe somewhere there is a 7-year-old Brett Wells that looks up and this gets him started on this path of career,” he said.

While in Lincoln, Wells got the chance to have lunch and talk to the ROTC Cadets. Wells said he enjoys getting to talk to the cadets because he never got the chance to do things like that when he was just starting out. 

Although the game was canceled due to weather, Wells and his crew got to do their flyover just before the storm hit Memorial Stadium. 

The Huskers will take on Colorado this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. 

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