Canadian pilot to speak at Aero Club gathering

Gary Vacin

A former Royal Canadian Air Force and long-time airline pilot will be guest speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Club gathering Monday, April 17, at the Sun Lakes Country Club.

The session begins with coffee and socializing at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7:00 p.m., which is open to the public.

Warren Wallace served seven years with the RCAF, flying F-86 and CF-104 aircraft. He joined Air Canada in 1965 and retired in 2000. During that time, he took a three-year leave of absence to serve as a training captain with All Nippon Airlines based in Tokyo.

Wallace’s presentation will cover his flying career, with some recollections of the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis and the JFK assassination and how those events affected the RCAF in Europe. Much of his time will be spent relating his experience with Air Nippon Airlines, with emphasis on the contrast between Japanese training techniques and those of the rest of the world.

This will be the final SLAC gathering of the spring. The club will resume its monthly sessions in November.

SLAC also sponsors monthly fly-in breakfasts and field trips to aviation-related sites. More information on the club is available from Cannon Hill, 509-539-7857, or Gary Vacin, 480-298-7017, or at its website,