Members to hear about WWII aviation training
World War II historian Steve Hoza will discuss Arizona’s role in training aviators during the War at a meeting of the Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and camaraderie, followed by Hoza’s presentation at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Hoza’s presentation will chronicle Arizona’s birth as an aviation hotbed during WWII. He says this development had a profound impact on a post-war population boom and the development of a robust aviation industry. Hoza currently serves as head of the repository of artifacts for the Huhugam-Ki Museum in Scottsdale.
There’s so much emphasis on the battlefields in WWII, he says, but so much about what went on stateside to train the forces to fight; it’s history right in our backyard.
Hoza has developed three WWII-related exhibits at the Mesa Historical Museum: one – The Best Place in the Country” to train WWII airmen; second – “Celebrating 70 Years of Aviation in Mesa; third features commemorative “unit posters” Boeing Aircraft Co. awards to the military after it builds Apache helicopters at its Mesa Plant. The exhibits will be on display permanently.
For more information on SLAC, contact Bob Walsh at 895-8869 or
Al Galvi at 802-0104 or view the club’s web site at SunLakesAeroClub.org.