The Flyer Newsletter by Col Bill Coombes

Click on the link below to be connected to the latest issue of The Flyer. Col Coombes will be producing another one before the end of the year.  Thanks, Bill, for taking over the responsibility.

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HSW Member Appreciation Dinner & Movie Night

The High Sky Wing has the best members around and we want to show you our appreciation!

Join us at the hangar on Saturday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Let’s have some fun! Come out for airplane rides (weather permitting), dinner and a movie! We’ll fire up the pit and treat you to chicken & beef fajitas, tacos, beans, chips & queso and drinks. Movie selection TBD but it will be family friendly so bring the family.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

If you are not a High Sky Wing member yet, come out and we will show you how to join.

High Sky Wing Staff

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Hangar shots 7-5-14

Under the watchful eye of Alan Haskin, a museum visitor helps his son get an up close and personal look at the T-28 cockpit.

Under the watchful eye of Alan Haskin, a museum visitor helps his son get an up close and personal look at the T-28 cockpit.

It's the Permian Basin, OF COURSE we love oil!!

It’s the Permian Basin, OF COURSE we love oil!!

A lot of visitors came out to the hangar this Saturday, including folks from Mansfield, Fort Worth, El Paso, Longview and Hawaii.  I was only in the hangar during the lunch hour and spoke with a lot of families and individuals, and handed out some HSW brochures.   The Maintenance and Operations teams have really got the hangar looking good, and visitors are impressed.  Pass the word and bring out your friends and family if they haven’t seen the “new” home of the HSW.

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July 4th Fly-over a big success

A very large crowd at Centennial Plaza in downtown Midland watched in admiration as the HSW conducted a fly-over to highlight the Star Spangled Salute celebration yesterday evening.  The flights consisted of Bill Coombes and Jason Cooper in Bill’s SNJ, Randy Wilson and Keegan Chetwynd in the T-28, Daniel Rathburn and Parker Rathburn in SNJ 101, Alan Haskin and Ryan Linebarger in PT-19, Robin Donnelly in his LC-126, and Steve Bolin and Kris Green in the L-39 Albatros.

While 10 yr old Mackenzie Walker of Lubbock belted out a great version of the Star Spangled Banner, the wing’s time over target was just about perfect.  Thanks to Bill Coombes for organizing this wing event and thanks to all who participated, including those support personnel who gave up part of their holiday to help out.

Click on this link for a short video of the fly-over:

7-4-14 Fly-over

 

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Tuskegee Airmen a Big Part of Memorial Day Ceremony

Tuskeegee Airmen Dr Granville Coggs (L) and Mr. Theodore Johnson addressed the large crowd at the Commemorative Center Hangar during the Memorial Day Ceremony.

Tuskegee Airmen Dr Granville Coggs (L) and Mr. Theodore Johnson addressed the large crowd at the Commemorative Center Hangar during the Memorial Day Ceremony.

Congressman and Mrs. Mike Conaway were present and Congressman Conaway gave a very moving tribute.

Congressman and Mrs. Mike Conaway were present and Congressman Conaway gave a very moving tribute.

There was a large crowd for today's ceremony.

There was a large crowd for today’s ceremony.

HSW members (L to R) Lyle Thornton, Jerry Perales, Brent Collins and Bobby Meroney view the media presentation (produced by Michael Clinton) at our recruiting table.

HSW members (L to R) Lyle Thornton, Jerry Perales, Brent Collins and Bobby Meroney view the media presentation (produced by Michael Clinton) at our recruiting table.

HSW members Bob Keating (center) and Bobby Meroney (right) visit with Tuskeegee Airman Mr. Theodore Johnson.

HSW members Bob Keating (center) and Bobby Meroney (right) visit with Tuskegee Airman Mr. Theodore Johnson.

Today’s Memorial Day Ceremony was highlighted by the presence of two Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Granville Coggs and Mr. Theodore Johnson, who talked about their World War II experiences.  Additionally, there was a presentation by Honor Flight of the Permian Basin which made us aware of the pending flight to Washington, D.C. in September. They are still in need of funding and had set up a table selling shirts and raffle tickets for a chance to win a .22 cal Henry rifle (drawing to be held on 11/11/14).

HSW members organized and sold lunch, and while I have been told that it was very profitable, the final numbers aren’t in yet.  The recruiting table signed up two members, and gave applications to several more.  This is the first occasion we have had to utilize both Michael Clinton’s media presentation and our new aircraft brochures.  Both were well accepted.

Thanks to Gena Linebarger and the wing staff for insuring that this event was once more a success.  And a special thanks to all of those who pitched in on Saturday for clean-up and set-up, and today for serving and tear down.  HSW members continue to prove everyday what a great wing we have!  Keep up the good work!

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