Retired Navy Pilot to speakt Aero Club gathering April 19
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
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, wwwsunlakesaeroclub.org.