Sun Lakes Aero Club to visit Goldwater Gunnery Range



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By Gary Vacin



Sun Lakes residents will have an opportunity to see A-10 or F-16 attack jets in action by attending a field trip to the Barry Goldwater Gunnery Range February 26.


The event is sponsored by the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC), which is sponsoring its third trip to the gunnery range in recent years. The trip has been so well received by club members that many are returning for a second and even a third time. This event is limited to SLAC members, but non-members may join the club by attending the groupís meeting Monday, Feb. 18 at the Sun Lakes Country Club.


This is a rare opportunity to see some of our top fighter aircraft in training exercises bombing and strafing ground targets at close range.The facility is a military restricted area and can be accessed only by permission from Luke AFB.


The event is limited to 20 persons, and advance registration is required .


††††††††† Located south of Gila Bend, the 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.


Now in its 16th year, SLAC sponsors programs the third Monday of each month November through May at the Sun Lakes Country Club.Programs begin with coffee and camaraderie at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. More information on the club is available from Bob Walch, 895-8869 or Gary Vacin, 298-7017.