Retired Navy Pilot to speakt Aero Club gathering April 19

Gary Vacin



A retired Navy fighter pilot who logged over 7,000 flying

hours during the Vietnam conflict will be guest speaker at the Sun Lakes

Aero Club gathering Monday, April 19 at the Sun Lakes Country Club

Navajo Room.

The event begins with coffee and camaraderie at 6:30 p.m., followed

by the presentation at 7 p.m. The public is invited.

During a 30-year career as a carrier-based fighter pilot, Capt. Lonny

McClung made more than 1,000 carrier landings and over 250 combat missions

in Vietnam. He served on both coasts and was commanding officer of four

different aviation units: VF-51 (F-4 Phantoms), VF-124 (F-14 Tomcats), and

Navy Fighter Weapons school (TOPGUN) all at NAS Miramar. Later

he commanded Training Air Wing TWO at Kingsville, Texas, producing

pilots to man the Navy's carrier-based fleet tactical jet squadrons.

He continues to be an active pilot with over 12,500 hours. In addition to

flying corporate jets, he served as a team manager and pilot in command for the

Campbell Air Race Team in the London-Sydney Air Race in 2001, which

included a flight around the world in a 1954 Grumman Albatross.

McClung will be the final speaker for the Aero Club this Spring.

The group will continue monthly gatherings featuring speakers on a wide range

of aviation-related topics in November. Additional information is available from

Cannon Hill at509-539-7857, Gary Vacin at 480-298-7017 or at the club's

web site,