August 5, 2013
By Alyssa J. Miller
A younger generation learns the importance of honoring our veterans.
Fifi is the main attraction during the EAA AirVenture Honor Flight Aug. 2.
A B-29 and B-25s fly over EAA AirVenture during Honor Flight.
A wall of fire timed with the warbird overflight ends Honor Flight with a bang.
As the B-29 Fifi and three B-25 North American Mitchell bombers flew overhead at EAA AirVenture for a missing man salute, a hush fell over the crowd while taps played through loudspeakers.
The missing man flyover, other formation flights that included torpedo bombers, and a “wall of fire” timed for the finale paid respect to veterans Aug. 2 during an Honor Flight ceremony in Oshkosh, Wis.
Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band paid tribute to current military personnel and veterans later that evening during a free concert at Phillips 66 Square. The band performs worldwide and on military bases. Sinise, who played Mac Taylor on the TV series CSI:NY, said he has made it his mission to honor those in the military since he portrayed Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
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AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.
If only one person had been helped, it all would have been worthwhile. But much more than that has been accomplished over the 25-year life of the National Gay Pilots Association, said its executive director.
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