Despite weather conditions that prevented a "fly-in" experience, we still served between 70 and 80 folks representing at least four EAA chapters as well as non aviation visitors. We merely put out a donation jar without asking or suggesting a fixed price and averaged between $6.50 and $7.50 per participant. The good news is we recovered all of our consumable cost and then some. Folks reported that this was one of the best breakfasts "ever". Among the usual menu offerings, we included French toast which was hit as well as a copycat Cracker Barrel hash brown casserole ,"spot on" for taste and consistency. Thank you to all who braved the weather to support us, and a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to our huge volunteer team (David Logalbo, Cheryl Logalbo, Bill McNutt, Paul Rotenberry, Kim Rotenberry, Scott Bryan, Mike MGrew, Chris Burgess, John Mackorell, Matt Bryan, Hank Dowler, Mike Russell, Jim Johnson, Gary Farmer, Janet Piper and Gary Piper. Forgive me if I missed you and please let me know so I can list you here. Because of your efforts, we all had a great time and were totally cleaned up and gone before noon. And a very warm thank you to our partner, Direct Flight Solutions, (Heather Bay, Myron Lasater, Richard Bay, John Lasater, Tony Oliva and Chris Brantley). And while we are thanking folks, a special thank you goes to Murfreesboro chapter 419 for the use of their chairs and the awesome 3-bay stainless steel sink with water heater.
If weather is good on May 31st, we should be prepared to host a significantly larger crowd.
Join us for breakfast then fly down to Shelbyville, (SYI) for Aviation Day starting at 10:00AM
J.J. Tomlinson and Mike Russell were presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
Dr. Ming Wang To Speak At Lebanon’s Municipal Airport
Nashville based eye surgeon, Dr. Ming Wang, will present an informative and educational “vision care talk” for chapter 863 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at 7 PM on April 10. The talk will be held during the chapter’s regularly scheduled meeting at Lebanon’s Municipal Airport, home base of EAA chapter 863.
The airport’s fixed base operator, Direct Flight Solutions, LLC, is hosting Dr. Wang’s talk and members of other EAA chapters throughout Middle Tennessee are expected to “fly-in” for the important educational program. There was a time when pilot’s licenses could not be issued to individuals who had undergone corrective vision surgeries. However, due to the advancements in specialized surgical procedures to enhance vision, today that roadblock no longer exists. Dr. Wang will discuss these advancements, along with offering tips on general vision care and the most state-of-the-art equipment and techniques used to enhance vision.
In addition to tips on vision care and the various options for corrective surgical vision enhancements, the renowned eye surgeon will also provide some special entertainment for the attendees. He will demonstrate his musical abilities with the “er hu”, a Chinese musical instrument similar to the violin.
Dr. Wang learned to play the “er hu” as a teenager in China and used it to escape the devastating “Cultural Revolution”. He often uses it in conjunction with his “Music for Sight” program that he presents to Middle Tennessee senior centers, churches, corporations and business clubs.
Non-chapter member pilots are invited to attend this popular educational and entertaining program. Additional information can be obtained by contacting:
Lebanon Municipal Airport <> 760 Franklin Rd <> Lebanon TN 37087
To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry... and for many generations of Americans to follow. Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more.
Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America..." So here's the entire song as originally sung.
The Great Lakes provided vital support for the war effort in WWII, from building 28 fleet subs in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to providing the bulk of US industrial output, we could not have won the war if not for the benefits of the Great Lakes and their related industry.
However there was another benefit of the lakes that is often overlooked.
Japan quickly lost the war because, among many other things, its navy could not replace its carrier pilot losses. We could.
But how did we train so many pilots in both comfort (calm seas) and safety (no enemy subs)?
We took two old side-wheel Great Lakes passenger steamers and turned them into training carriers on Lake Michigan!
Virtually every carrier pilot trained in the war got his landing training on these amazing ships!
Sadly nothing but these great photos and the wrecks of the aircraft that ditched alongside them remain to tell their fascinating story.
Check out the USS Sable and USS Wolverine and see for yourself.
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