Tag: Aero Club

Sun Lakes Resident Trades Airplanes for Railroading

Gary Vacin For years, he flew huge jet aircraft carrying hundreds of passengers or thousands of pounds of cargo to airports around the world with the largest load of 825,000 pounds. Today, he drives 1/8 scale locomotives carrying up to 30 passengers around a two-mile course at the Maricopa Live Steamers Railroad Club in Deer…

Aero Club to Hear from Chandler Airport Manager

Gary Vacin The past, present, and future of the Chandler Municipal Airport will be the topic of a presentation to the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) gathering Monday, Jan. 20, at the Sun Lakes Country Club Navajo Room. The speaker will be Chris Andres, airport administrator. The event begins with coffee and camaraderie at 6:30…

Helicopter gunner in Vietnam briefs Aero Club gathering

Sun Lakes Aero Club members and guests heard about Ralph Abernathy’s experience flying 700 combat hours as a scout door gunner in Vietnam on January 21 at the Sun Lakes Country Club. He is shown here with Cannon Hill, club president (left). Photo by J.R. Scheidereiter

Gary Vacin “Find the enemy and engage them.” That’s how Sun Lakes resident George Abernathy described his missions as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam during a presentation to the Sun Lakes Aero Club gathering January 21 at the Sun Lakes Country Club. More than 80 club members and guests attended. Abernathy flew with Apache…

Aero Club members hear all about B-17 bomber

Gary Vacin A group of 80 Sun Lakes Aero Club members and guests heard about the history of the B-17 Flying Fortress of World War II fame during a presentation to the club’s monthly gathering November 19 at the Sun Lakes Country Club. Col. Jim Evans (USAF Ret.), noted aviation historian and Commemorative Air Force…