Fri, Sep 03, 2010
You never know who you're going to run into at Oshkosh... and no
matter who, its often interesting to spend a few minutes chatting
with the folks who make the yearly pilgrimage to Wittman Field. In
this case, the person we ran into was more interesting that most...
that person being none other than Airbus Seaplane Captain Chesley
Last year, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First
Officer Jeffrey Skiles, known for their expert handling of their
airliner's emergency landing in the Hudson River in January of 2009
took the helm as co-chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles Program.
In an official event last fall, Harrison Ford officially passed
the baton after having served for five years as the chairman of
this program that uses aviation to inspire and educate youth.
The EAA Young Eagles Program, now in its 18th year, has provided
inspirational and educational first-flight experiences to some 1.5
million youths, thanks to the volunteer efforts of 42,000 EAA
member pilots and countless supporters.
In addition to Ford, previous EAA Young Eagles Program chairs
were: Oscar-winning actor and avid pilot Cliff Robertson
(1992-1993); and aviation legend Chuck Yeager (1994-2003).
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