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Yankee Air Force supports the Warbirds Over Port Clinton

Yankee Lady, photo by the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Authority.

Yankee Lady, the pristine World War II Boeing B-17G heavy bomber and Yankee Warrior, the combat veteran B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, will be flying into Erie-Ottawa International Airport supporting the Warbirds Over Port Clinton air show.   The radio controlled air show opens Saturday morning August 23 at 9 a.m. and the B-25 Yankee Warrior will arrive shortly thereafter.  The four-engine Flying Fortress will arrive on Sunday morning helping open the second day. Both planes are based at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Michigan.  The B-25 will be available for Flight Experience (FLEX) rides on Saturday and the B-17 will offer rides on Sunday. 

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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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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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