Robin Myles Macklin
Naval Aviator and former F-14 Squadron Skipper Robin Macklin is responsible for securing the annual Air Force fly over highly anticipated moment in the parade’s official opening Fourth of July traditional celebration festivities. He got involved 15 years ago when asked by Tim Stickney to take on the task of arranging the fly over. The planes will be flown by two Air Force F-16’s from the 482 Fighter Wing, 93 Fighter Squadron at Homestead Air Force Base, better known as “The Mako’s.”
“The fly over dates back 40 plus years ago. Jerry Vickers, ole Key Biscayner, was in the Air Force Reserves in Homestead and got it started. He flew a military cargo plane down Crandon to start the parade and the rest is history.
Each year the Village makes application, signed by the village manger to the FAA. We have been fortunate over the years with the FAA approving our request.
The approved application is then sent to Washington DC for Air Force approval. Once that is approved we reach out to Homestead. As a token of appreciation the Parade Committee invites one of the squadron pilots to be a parade judge. Along with being a judge we provide housing and a golf cart for the 3rd & 4th of July. It’s a great way of saying thank you.”