Aero Club to visit Barry M. Goldwater Gunnery Range

          The public is invited to attend a field trip/fly-in to the Barry M. Goldwater Gunnery Range Wednesday,  February 16,  according to Earl Cuyler, activities director for the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC), sponsor of the event. 

          “This is a rare opportunity to see F-16 fighter jets in training exercises bombing and strafing ground targets at close range,” Cuyler said.  The range is a military restricted area and can be accessed only by permission from Davis-Monthan AFB. 

Cuyler says the event is limited to 20 persons, and advance registration is required.  Interested persons can reserve a spot by contacting Cuyler at 478-3716 or e-mail  Attendees will meet at 8 a.m. at the Cottonwood Country Club flag pole for the hour and one-half  drive to the gunnery range.  Pilots can fly to the Gila Bend airport if transportation to the range can be arranged.  Pilots will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Chandler Airport terminal building for an 8 a.m. departure.

          Located south of Gila Bend, the gunnery range 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.

          Other SLAC activities this spring include fly-ins to Payson Feb. 19, Lake Havasu March 19, and Embry Riddle Flight School at Prescott April 16; and field trips to the Cessna Maintenance Facility at Mesa Gateway Airport March 26 and Eloy Airport to view skydiving activities May 21. The public is invited to attend all SLAC events.

          Now in its 15th year, SLAC meets the third Monday of each month from October through May at the Sun Lakes Country Club. More information on the club is available from Bob Walch, 480-895-8869 or Al Galvi, 480-802-0104.

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Sun Lakes residents will have an opportunity to see F-16 fighter jets in action by attending a field trip/fly-in to the Barry Goldwater Gunnery Range February 15. The event is sponsored by the Sun Lakes Aero Club.