Our own Mike McGrew won the Bronze Lindy for a "plans built aircraft" at Oshkosh this year. He, along with fellow member Nelson Willis, flew his beautiful plans built Hatz for it's first visit to EAA AirVenture. Congratulations Mike on a job impeccably done.
From wheels to wheels down, you will enjoy this adventure. Ilse & Malinda are our hardest workers. Come on out, you won't be disappointed.
Saturday, May 10th, was our annual celebration and awards ceremony for the winners of the 2014 Tennessee Aviation Art Contest. Once again it was hosted by John and Deborah Baugh. Thank you John and Deborah for all you do for aviation. All the winners as well as their siblings and parents were flown afterwards in a special Young Eagles Event. Much thanks to Dan Allen and Chuck Johnston for piloting as well as Ronelda Allen on ground support.
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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