Chino Valley hosts local veterans for a
day of flying
Bob Shanks submitted several photos from the Chino Valley Model Aviators in Chino Valley, Arizona, and the veteran’s appreciation activity the club held on
November 19, 2016, for the local Veterans Administration
(VA) hospital that is a part of the Northern Arizona VA
Healthcare System. Bob wrote:
“The VA brought 12 hospitalized veterans to the Chino
Valley Model Aviators flying field to view flight demonstrations
of a variety of aircraft, from electric ducted fans to large, 3-D
gas-powered aerobats. They all got some time on simulators
and worked with the club’s instructors on the buddy box and
flying the club’s trainers. As the flying instruction proceeded, it
wasn’t long before a couple of veterans with an appreciation for
aviation were attempting rolls, loops, and other aerobatics on
the buddy box and the two laptop computer simulators.
“The mix of veterans included former World War II aircrew
members, along with a female drill sergeant. Four of the
veterans were in wheelchairs. The club started flying activities
at 9: 30 a.m., culminating with a hot dog lunch with all of
the trimmings at noon, served by [club] members and their
spouses. After the noon meal, it was time to load up and head
back to the hospital.
“Many of the veterans asked if they could return and fly
again. The positive feedback was great. Plans are in the works
for our club to host local veterans again.”
The Chino Valley Model Aviators club is located 15 miles
north of Prescott. The club currently has 130 members and
actively engages in supporting the local town. As part of the
club’s community outreach, members work with area youth
and other community organizations interested in aviation.
“We have a great club,” Bob wrote, “[with] lots of
congeniality and support for each other.”
To learn more about the club and its endeavors, visit the
website at www.chinovalleymodelaviators.org.
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