82nd Airborne Division Drops Into Lkld
Veterans of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, who were gathered nearby in Orlando for a conference, arrived at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in buses to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the All-American Division. Crowds witnessed two C-130s jump 82 paratroopers onto the airport in a training exercise.
Airport Director Gene Conrad explained the goal of the exercise was to assist training by offering a jump zone outside of the Fort Bragg Army Base. Veterans expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to witness a drop for the first time in many years.