Aero Club announces 2016-17 speakers

 Gary Vacin 

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Veterans of World War II and the Korean Conflict and a Sun Lakes resident who searched for Amelia Earhart’s missing aircraft  highlight the slate of speakers for the Sun Lakes Aero Club’s (SLAC) first five  gatherings for  2016-17.

The November 21 speaker will be Sun Lakes resident Sid Singer, who served as a top-turret gunner on B-24 bombers and painted nose art on aircraft during World War II.

On December 19, US Navy Rear Admiral (ret.) Jim Symonds, who amassed 4,000 flight hours in A-6 Intruder aircraft and more than 1,000 carrier landings during his flying career, will be guest SLAC speaker.

The January 16 speaker will be Karl Kern, who participated in a earch for Amelia Earhart, whose aircraft mysteriously disappeared in the South Pacific during an attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.        

February 20 speaker will be England-native Roy Partridge, who served as an air traffic controller for the Royal Air Force on a U. S. Air Force base in Manston, England during the Korean War.

          On March 20, Mike Still will relate his experiences building and flying a ¾-scale replica P-51 Mustang fighter plane, based at Chandler Municipal Airport.

Now in its 21st year, SLAC sponsors programs the third Monday of each month November through April at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The programs are open to all Sun Lakes residents and others interested in aviation.   More information on the club is available from Cannon Hill, 509-539-7857 or Gary Vacin, 298-7017, or at the club’s web site, www.sunlakesaeroclub.org.