St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Retired Air Force Major Brian Kissinger is planning a flight for the record books.
"Fourth of July, we're going to set a world record for speed over a recognized course from St. Joseph to St. Louis. It will be the third world record I've set for speed over a recognized course," he said.
Kissinger will be flying a Sonerai II in the Light Weight Class with the help of an experienced and diverse crew, like Steve Morley of Morley Performance. They build hot rods together.
"Run a different fuel system, electrical, timed the mags, pretty good experience for me. A lot different than what I'm used to working on for sure," Morley said.
The Fourth of July parade will be followed up with a fly-by of a B-17 Bomber and after that, Maj. Brian Kissinger will fly by the Arch to wrap up his world record speed attempt.
But it's not just about speed. Brian wants to raise awareness for homeless veterans. St. Louis Downtown Airport Director Bob McDaniels has loaned the use of his hangar.
"Myself being a veteran, I'm very interested in supporting the effort. Brian's been a long time friend, I think it's marvelous what he's doing," McDaniels said.
Added Kissinger, "If you look at the statistics, one out of four of the homeless are veterans which to me is crazy. Homeless and veteran are two words that shouldn't go together."