Pyrotechnics were used to simulate flak, strafing
runs, and some large explosions, such as this
one seen during a pass with an A- 10 Warthog.
Getting together with likeminded individuals at an event and flying our aircraft is a blast, especially when the enjoyment of our hobby is also helping benefit the community. Such is the case with Warbirds Over The Rockies, in a partnership with Mental Health America of Colorado that has
lasted the past five years.
Mental Health America was founded in 1909 and is a community-based nonprofit organization,
dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. The Arvada
Associated Modelers (AAM) club that hosted the event, has a strong bond with its local community as
represented by a large spectator presence and the attendance of representatives from local government.
In its 12th year, the Warbirds Over The Rockies was held on September 11-13, 2015, just outside of
Golden, Colorado. Along with the beautiful flying field and picturesque mountain backdrop, Golden is also
the home of Coors Brewing Company and Spyderco cutlery company.
The flying site, with its 50 x 750-foot concrete runway, was perfect for hosting all types of military
aircraft brought by approximately 100 pilots who came from within the US as well as Australia, Italy,
Brazil, Canada, and England.
While event staff handled everything from parking to pilot registration and safety, Sam Wright, assisted
by Dave Platt, did an excellent job in sharing information on aircraft, military history, and updates to the
daily schedule for pilots and spectators.
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