Young Eagles Rally Reports – 2010


January 9, 2010 – Gary-Chicago International Airport.

A Typical Young Eagles Rally Cancelled

Due to the Saturday forecast calling for temperatures in the teens, the Young Eagles rally for Saturday, January 9, 2010 will be canceled. Total 3 day snow accumulation by Saturday is 12 to 15 inches. Blustery & Frigid. High 14 to 18 but with wind chills, by noon the temp could be below zero.

The bitter cold will present a hardship on youngsters walking outside from the terminal building to the aircraft parking area. The next Young Eagles rally will be on Saturday, February 13, 2010. Until then, Happy Flyin’!

Ken Rapier, Chief Pilot

Tuskegee Airmen Young Eagles Program

April 10, 2010 – Lewis University Aviation Career Fair

A Collaboration with CAPS and Lewis Univ.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 blessed the Tuskegee Airmen Young Eagles Volunteer Team with the first flyable second Saturday of the month this year. The sky was clear, the temperature was 70 degrees and the wind was warm and brisk from the south, blowing in the warm air.

There were 30 youngsters from the Chicago Police Department CAPS program and 14 youngsters from the Lewis University Aviation Career Fair, for a total of 44 youngsters getting Young Eagles flight at the Lewis University Airport from pilots Bob Brutvan, Cortez Carter, Vic Croswell, Steve Hammond, Ken Rapier, Keith Renfroe, Scott Taylor and Steve Whitney assisted by volunteers Mike Askew, Bev Dunjill, Jean Dunjill, Betty Guice, Charles Guice, Duane Hayden, Clarence Holland, Tammy Holmes, Hilton Joseph, Emmit Hoosman, Melvin Knazze, Guiselle Lewis, Bob Martin, Karon Motley (Thompson), Bob Mullins, Carl Robinson, Rob Strickland, Welton Taylor, Barb Werner and Paul Wilson.

All of the youngsters and parents were treated to a lunch of turkey, ham or roast beef sandwiches with chips and sodas provided by Lewis University. The Young Eagles Volunteer team once again accomplished an amazing feat in picking up the entire Young Eagles operation and moving it to Lewis University for the special rally held in conjunction with the Aviation Career Fair and the CAPS program. After the rally, the Young Eagles Volunteer Team was treated to a delicious luncheon of lasagne, tossed salad and garlic bread, compliments of Lewis University. Spring is finally here and a good time was had by all.

We hope you will plan to join us for the Tuskegee Airmen Spring Fling Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon on April 24th to meet the Airmen and the Chicago “DODO” Chapter Educational Assistance Program scholarship winners. Happy Flyin’!

Ken Rapier, Chief Pilot

Tuskegee Airmen Young Eagles Program

August 7, 2010 – Victor Croswell & Steve Hammond

Reach Young Eagles Milestones

On Saturday, August 7, 2010, the Tuskegee Airmen EAA Young Eagles Team finally got some good flying weather on our scheduled Young Eagles rally day for the first time this year. We were blessed with sunny skies, good visibility and gentle breezes. 55 Young Eagles, 3 of which arrived on the Chicago bus, flew with pilots Butch Bejna, Victor Croswell, Steve Hammond, Steve MacCabe and Ken Rapier with the assistance of volunteers Victor Carter, Don Clay, Evie Clay, Zeb Clay, Brianna Dracousis, Bev Dunjill, Betty Guice, Charles Guice, Cecelia Holland, Clarence Holland, Tammera Holmes, Rufus Hunt, Julius Jackson, Will Johnson, Hilton Joseph, Moses Jones, Melvin Knazze, Wendell Levister, Carol MacCabe, Bob Martin, Karon Motley, Bob Mullins, Keith Renfroe, Marvin Robinson, Rob Strickland, Welton Taylor, Barb Werner, Milt Williams, Morris Williams and Paul Wilson. A pair of milestones were reached: Victor Croswell flew his 100th Young Eagle and Steve Hammond flew his 500th Young Eagle. After the rally, pilots and volunteers were treated to a delicious luncheon of pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw and cake, compliments of Nicole Zaconne’s Catering with beverages and chips provided by Barb Werner and food service coordinated by Karon Motley and Rob Strickland. It was the entire team’s treat to have our first successful 2010 Young Eagles rally. A good time was had by all. If you missed it, all I can say is: you should have been there. Happy Flyin’!

Ken Rapier, Chief Pilot

Tuskegee Airmen Young Eagles Program

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