Our very special guests are our own John McMahon, and Highlander builder and check-ride pilot, Billy Payne. John expects to fly his hopefully finished Highlander to the meeting from Portland, and Billy is hoping for good flying weather to fly his Highlander in from Texas. Don't miss this one. Be there by 6:30 and eat with us before the presentation at 7:00.
Apparently, he has been working very hard since August
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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