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What they were thinking: Flying into Fenway Park

Petty Officer First Class Thomas Kinn parachuted into Fenway Park in early July.
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Petty Officer First Class Thomas Kinn parachuted into Fenway Park in early July.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Kinn of the Navy parachute team comes in for a landing at Fenway Park prior to the Red Sox-Yankees game, July 6, 2012

Said Kinn: “Originally, we weren’t scheduled to jump, but we started asking around. Red Sox-Yankees, Fenway Park. 100th anniversary year. We’re jumping in. We came over top at about 4,000 feet and exited the aircraft. We built a couple of formations and had it timed out so that I could drop the American flag when I needed to drop it.

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“From the air, [Fenway] sticks out like a sore thumb to me. I’ve got my eyes on my guys to make sure we know where everybody is and don’t run into each other. There are not a lot of ‘outs’ there for me in that part of Boston. There are a lot of buildings. Either I’m in the stadium or I’m in a parking lot somewhere. You’re just solely focused on what you’ve got to do and that’s make a safe landing.

“It was amazing. The grass was soft, it makes for a perfect landing. Nothing beats carrying the American flag. I’m completely honored every time.”