Tue, Jan 31, 2012
Some months ago, we offered up a short but impressive look at a
small organization that embodies the true spirit of today's
aviators... the Veteran's Airlift Command. This time around, we get
a little more in-depth and detailed about one of the true stars in
the GA biz... folks who serve those who served us and present a
positive and impressive aero-image for the world.
Amid the heights of excitement at NBAA 2011, the message was
clear, that aviation has a heart, that pilots are citizens of the
world and that if you want to show aviation in its best possible
light, a good place to start is the Veteran's Airlift Command and
its consummate Airboss Walt Fricke -- himself a vet who served this
nation with distinction.
The VAC provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and
their families for medical and other compassionate purposes,
through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.
The priority is to serve the veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring
Many of the plane owners who volunteer with VAC are also pilots
who welcome the opportunity to perform a valuable service while
maintaining their proficiency. Some owners come from military
backgrounds themselves; others are seasoned aviators or simply
passionate about flying.
But they all have one thing in common - the desire to serve.
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