The aircraft were Chinese CJ6 and Russian YAK aircraft, and the pilots honed their flying skills in aerial formation training and military-style tactics. The pilots arrived July 7 from Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Flight operations started in the afternoon and continued until dusk. Flight operations started July 8 early and continued throughout the day until dusk. There were limited flight operations July 9 in the morning to allow the pilots to return to their home bases.
In addition to the normal flight operations, a smaller group performed a missing man formation July 8 at 10 a.m. over the Veterans Memorial Plaza next to the Wilson County Courthouse.