A good attendance enjoyed Tom's Blue Moon BBQ, fellowship, announcements, event updates and two runway incursion safety videos. Ironically, the videos were perfect timing after a very unfortunate accident involving our friend Gary Meuer occured two days prior where a Pitts SB2 landed on top of Gary's Starduster. Gary is at Vanderbilt Trauma in stable condition with some life changing injuries. I will keep you updated on our "Sick Bay" page. Please visit that page to see who needs prayer and support.
Our very special guest was our own Bruce Bolton, Ret. FAA. His presentation was on owner maintenance and the new Circular AC-23-27 and was assisted by his grandson Alex. He introduced us to Scott James, a FAST Team maintenance inspector from the Nashville FSDO who also talked about aircraft maintenance and safety. It was a very good meeting with a good attendance. Lots of good information and questions answered.
42 pint-sized students from Merrol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville came by for some aviation theory and fun. Janet and Gary Piper along with Myron Lasater made sure they got what they came for. We all had a very fun time.
John McMahon and Billy Payne shared their stories of building and flying the Just Highlander.
Below is the trailer of a great documentary celebrating our home airport and it's colorful history. Below that is an excerpt featuring our chapter.
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.
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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