“The best field trip ever.”…….
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morning started out with a visit to the
He said the helicopters prove to be an invaluable law enforcement tool, and average response time to a scene is less than a minute. The choppers have assisted in recovering nearly $18 million in stolen property and locating more than 600 missing persons, mostly children.
The visit also included a tour of the airport and a visit to the control tower, where the visitors watched FAA Falcon Field controllers direct traffic taking off and landing from the airport.
Final stop was Falcon Warbirds, an organization made up pilots who own former military aircraft restored to flying condition. The group is housed in a huge hangar that was built in 1941 when Falcon Field was established as a training facility for British and other foreign pilots. Organizer Dick Stich said his organizations specializes in formation flying and often perform fly-overs at various sporting events and missing man formations at military funerals.
Dolenar and Stich’s presentations were so enjoyable that both will be asked to be featured speakers at upcoming SLAC gatherings.
The tour concluded with lunch at the Monestery, a restaurant located adjacent to the airport’s entrance. SLAC members making the trip were Jim Theobald, Richard Simmons, Bob DeLong, John Philp, John Fritz, Gary Vacin, Jim Haytas, Douglas Whittaker and Bill Brown.