Aero Club members visit Goldwater Gunnery Range 

          Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) members and guests had a rare opportunity to view U. S. Air Force F-16 and A-10 Thunderbolt ll aircraft in action during a field trip/fly-in to the Barry M. Goldwater Gunnery Range earlier this spring.

          The facility is a military restricted area and can be accessed only by permission from Luke AFB.

          The visitors climbed an observation tower for a close-up view the jet aircraft  from Davis-Monthan AFB flying training missions bombing and strafing ground targets at close range.  The facility serves the Air Force and Marine Corps as an armament and high-hazard testing area; a training area for aerial gunnery, rocketry, electronic warfare, and tactical maneuvering and air support; and a place to develop equipment and tactics.         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Lakes Aero Club member Al Levy took this photo of an A-10 Thunderbolt II  aircraft on a low pass on the range.

 

          SLAC sponsors field trips and fly-ins each month, along with programs featuring interesting speakers on a wide range of aviation –related topics. April events included fly-in breakfasts to Payson and Eloy and a field trip to visit the Arizona State University aviation programs at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport at Mesa.

Contact Bob Walch at 895-8869 or Gary Vacin at 298-7017  for additional information on the Sun Lakes Aero Club.