HOUSTON – KHOU 11 was exhibiting its love for the Houston Astros excessive above the group’s World Series victory parade on Friday, flying a banner that learn “KHOU 11 Stands with the Astros”.

The parade was not solely a dream come true for a whole bunch of 1000’s of followers on the bottom, but additionally for workers and the operator on the Pearland-based firm flying the banner, Nighthawk Aerial Advertising.

Stuart Williams, the corporate’s operator, has been an Astros fan for the reason that 1970s. He says seeing the Astros take dwelling the title was a lifelong dream.

“My grandmother and I used to listen to it on the radio,” mentioned Williams. “That was our thing. She lived ‘til she was 98 years old, and the last week that she was alive, she said to me, she goes, ‘Just please live long enough in order to see the Astros win the World Series’. We did it.”

Williams additionally had a message to the Astros group: “From my grandmother, thank you so much.” he mentioned.

Williams mentioned he liked the concept of incorporating KHOU 11’s “Stands with” slogan with the Astros, and he turned down the chance to fly 5 different adverts over the parade to make it occur.

To get the banner within the air, Williams says the aircraft swoops between two PVC pipes at between 95 to 100 miles per hour with a grappling hook simply eight to 10 ft beneath.

Once it hooks onto the banner, it “peels it off the ground like an accordion”.

#KHOU11 Stands with the @astros! Congratulations to our #WorldSeries champions. See you on the parade! #EarnedHistory #HoustonSturdy @KHOU pic.twitter.com/6e83tchdEy

— Adam Bennett (@AdamBennettKHOU) November three, 2017

Williams helped with the set-up on the bottom, however the fortunate one flying the aircraft was Joseph Matta, a local Houstonian who’s been an Astros fan for 15 years.

Matta was at Minute Maid Park with a crowd of greater than 17,000 others when he watched the Astros win the title in Game 7.

“I got a call the next morning that said, ‘Get to work on Friday and get ready to tow,’” mentioned Matta. “I was super excited when I found out it was for the parade.”

Just earlier than climbing into the aircraft two hours earlier than the parade begin time, Matta mentioned the magnitude of what was about to occur nonetheless hadn’t hit him and doubtless wouldn’t till “maybe next week.”

Let’s have a parade! Check out our message flying over downtown #Houston #KHOU11 stands with the @Astros pic.twitter.com/6KE274yDo7

— Grace White (@GraceWhiteKHOU) November three, 2017

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