For a number of our community youth, this Saturday was a little extra special… each was able to experience the magic of flight as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagle program. For most this was their first ride in a small general aviation aircraft, and for some, their very first flight in an airplane of any type.
Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. Today, the Young Eagles program has flown over 2 million kids with the help of EAA’s network of volunteer pilots and ground volunteers.
To view or download photos from today’s Young Eagle even, please click HERE.
Those of you lucky enough to be looking skyward just before 2:00 yesterday afternoon were treated to a fly-by of FIFI, one of only two Boeing B-29 Superfortresses still in the air. The other B-29 continuing to take to the sky is Doc.
FIFI tours the U.S. and Canada, taking part in air shows and offering flight experiences. The B-29 is owned by the Commemorative Air Force and is based at the Vintage Flying Museum located at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.
I happened to be sitting in my office (working as usual) and caught a glimpse as FIFI flew overhead on a westbound trip to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas for the Veteran’s Day Air Show. We were lucky to be on the flight path of that trip and had advance notice of when the flyover would occur. This, of course, generated a “Waiting for FIFI” party on one of our homeowner’s ramp and another occasion for good friends to get together. We were not disappointed when FIFI flew right over our viewing party on a beautiful clear fall Arizona day. The sound of those giant radial engines is something you don’t forget…..for friend or foe.
Photos courtesy of Edd Weninger.
Please thank members of EAA who sent letters to me on my Honor Flight. “Mail Call” on the return Southwest flight was among the many surprises we experienced. JoAnn did a fantastic job of notifying friends – and it took a long time read all the notes which I did back home as there were too many to read on the plane with other many distractions, like our WW2 bugler sounding off, snacks and a former police judge leading singing “God Bless America ” including the pre-amble that Kate Smith originally sang! There were 28 Veterans and 32 guardians and volunteer support personnel on the trip, all from Arizona. We took all the front seats and all the other passengers going D.C. & back had to sit in the back and join in or ignore us. I saw 3 memorials I had never seen: FDR Park, Women in the Military, and the Air Force Memorials
A big thank you to all who helped with out EAA Chapter 1044 Adopt a Highway Cleanup! Volunteers filled 10 large bags with trash in just over an hour.
After the cleanup, everyone gathered back ad the airpark lodge to enjoy some delicious homemade chili, thanks to Michele Weninger.
Thanks again for helping keep Heber-Overgaard beautiful!