Two youths will advance their pursuit of aviation because of awards distributed to honor United Flight 93 first officer LeRoy W. Homer Jr., who died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Homer was piloting the passenger jet when armed hijackers burst into the cockpit of the Boeing 757 in an attempt to aim the aircraft at the U.S. Capitol. Passengers and flight crew fought back and the aircraft ultimately crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside, killing all on board. He is regarded as a hero, along with Capt. Jason Dahl and the rest of the crew and passengers.
Angelo Cervantes, of Ramona, California, is an Eagle Scout, a founding member of an Aviation Career Explorer chapter, an EAA AirVenture volunteer, and a student pilot learning to fly sailplanes and airplanes. He graduated from Mountain Valley Academy in 2018 and will attend Arizona State University with an eye on becoming an airline pilot.
The students are the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation’s twentieth and twenty-first recipients, the foundation’s executive director Pauline Smith wrote in a news release. The organization’s goals are to encourage and to support young adults pursuing aviation as a career, she noted.