Aero Club members visit Goldwater Gunnery Range


                           By Gary Vacin


Thirteen Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) members viewed U.S. Air Force fighter jets in action during a field trip to the Barry M. Goldwater Gunnery Range February 26. The facility is a military restricted area and can be accessed only by permission from Luke AFB.


The visitors climbed an observation tower for a close-up view of A-10s and F-16s from Davis Monthan AFB flying training missions bombing and strafing ground targets at close range.  The facility 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.


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Making the trip were: Gary West, Chris Mohrweis, John Mohrweis, John Koehler, Dick Simmons , Earl Cuyler, Jim Theobald, John Fritz, Steve Hohl, Bill Brown, Jerry Vance, Steve Perkins and Cannon Hill.

SLAC sponsors several field trips and breakfast fly-ins each year to locations like Sedona, Marana, Ryan Field and Lake Havasu City. Additional information on the club is available from Bob Walch at 895-8869 or Gary Vacin at 298-7017 or at the club’s web site,