Honor Flight Escort
Tips for Riding in the Honor Flight Escort
Arrive on time with a full tank of gas. Check the Franklin County Honor Flight website for upcoming flight dates and times. Escort Riders arrive at the QT in Union at the junction of Hwy 47 and Hwy 50. Ride leaders will conduct riders briefing and then organize and proceed to the airport. Other Escort Riders can drop in with the group via the ramps on Interstate Hwy 44 East from Hwy 50.
There will be two ride leaders coordinating the escort with law enforcement and the bus(es) carrying the veterans. There will also be five safety riders positioned throughout the escort monitoring the escort and watching for safety issues. All designated personnel will be visible by vests. Please adhere to their efforts to maintain everyone’s safety.
Start of Escort.
Approximately 20 minutes prior to arrival of bus(es) carrying veterans, Ride Leaders will move escort onto westbound entrance ramp to I-70. As bus(es) pass under the HWY 54 overpass, the bus(es) will slow to 50mph. The Highway Patrol will lead the escort off the ramp, reaching a road speed of 60 mph. Bus(es) will remain in right lane so that escort riders may pass in the left lane.
Ride in Formation. The staggered riding formation allows a proper space cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern.
Avoid side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to swerve to avoid a hazard, you would not have room to do so. You don’t want handlebars to get entangled.
As You Pass the Bus(es), remain observant of the road and riders ahead. While it is tempting to look into the bus windows, it is more important that you maintain your safety and spacing. If you wish to salute or raise your arm upward in honor of the veterans and feel you can do that safely, feel free to do so. Do not stand up or reduce your speed – you have bikes coming up behind you.
If you fall behind, do not accelerate rapidly to catch up. This can create what is called a “rubber band effect” where multiple bikes find themselves rapidly increasing and decreasing speeds, posing significant safety hazards. Simply maintain your speed – the gap WILL close on its own – don’t push it!
Upon Approach to Hotel, the procession will slow – be patient. Motorcycles will pass through receiving area at hotel entrance and park in lot immediately north of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel (between hotel and Zimmer Broadcasting).
Should You Have Further Questions, please contact Honor Flight Riders Leaders Romie Marquart @ (314) 691-5912.
After the Escort.
After escorting the Veterans back to the Mid-American Coaches at Washington, MO the group gathers at Steak and Shake in Washington MO to eat.