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Junior Pilot Camp graduates 15

On Friday, July 18, there were 15 graduates in the Erie-Ottawa International Airport’s July Junior Pilot Camp. At the camp the children learned the basics of flying and had hands-on experience in the physics of flight and were exposed to airport maintenance and management. There was also an introductory flight on an airplane and in a rotorcraft, a tour of the airport and gave the children an opportunity to meet and talk with pilots.

At the graduation on Friday, family and friends of the graduates gathered to watch the last act of the pilot camp which was a Jeopardy battle. The pilot Jeopardy gave students a chance to show what they learned during the camp. In first place there was a tie between Max Steinhauser and Jackson Kennedy. They even tied in final Jeopardy. In second place was Jon Brausch.

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City of Port Clinton flies into Liberty Aviation Museum

Photo by Jasmine Cupp

The Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton has acquired a flyable model 5-AT-B Ford Tri-Motor, arriving in the hanger July 9, 2014.  The plane, called the City of Wichita, renamed City of Port Clinton, was purchased from the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum located in McMinnville, Oregon, where the plane was grounded for the last 9 years. The plane will now find its home in Port Clinton.

The plane was flown in by Ed Rusch and Cody Welsh over 4 days, beginning the trip flying through the Rocky Mountains and making stops in Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois.  Ed has been flying Ford Tri-Motors out of Erie-Ottawa International Airport since 1973, and was the pilot of the last commercial Tri-Motor flight commissioned January 1, 1986, out of the airport.  Ed also played a large part in getting the City of Wichita airworthy, putting hours in over the last six weeks for repairs and reinstalling the engines.

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Escorted pilot tells how Tuskegee Airmen “Rise Above”

First Lieutenant Clyde Gilbert and Dr. Harold Brown.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron “Rise Above” Traveling Exhibit was at the Liberty Aviation Museum May 15-17. The exhibit offered a great opportunity to educate the young and the seasoned about the Tuskegee Airmen. It serves as not only an education tool, but as a venue for veterans to meet and share stories about their military service.

B-24 pilot Melvin Shafer of the 15th Air Force was at the exhibit on Saturday. Shafer served three years in the Air Force and currently resides in Fremont. “I was escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen on many occasions; they would always be right there where you could see them.”

Shafer was in Italy and would go through Hungry and Austria and took comfort in being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen. He said that other escort squadrons would stay far ahead when the Tuskegee Airmen would hang close.

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