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Escorted pilot tells how Tuskegee Airmen “Rise Above”

First Lieutenant Clyde Gilbert and Dr. Harold Brown.

The CAF Red Tail Squadron “Rise Above” Traveling Exhibit was at the Liberty Aviation Museum May 15-17. The exhibit offered a great opportunity to educate the young and the seasoned about the Tuskegee Airmen. It serves as not only an education tool, but as a venue for veterans to meet and share stories about their military service.

B-24 pilot Melvin Shafer of the 15th Air Force was at the exhibit on Saturday. Shafer served three years in the Air Force and currently resides in Fremont. “I was escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen on many occasions; they would always be right there where you could see them.”

Shafer was in Italy and would go through Hungry and Austria and took comfort in being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen. He said that other escort squadrons would stay far ahead when the Tuskegee Airmen would hang close.

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Erie-Ottawa International offers Junior Pilot Camps

Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton is offering week-long Junior Pilot Camps three times this summer: June 16-20, July 14-18 and Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m-2 p.m. each day.

The “Soar with the Eagles” camp will teach students the basics of flying and will include hands-on experience in the physics of flight and exposure to airport maintenance and management. The class includes an introductory flight in an airplane and in a rotorcraft, a tour of the airport and an opportunity to meet and talk with pilots. 

Students will also take a tour of the Liberty Aviation Museum, where they will see World War II vintage aircraft and learn about the history of flight from other vintage items and exhibits. 

The $150 fee for the class includes a box lunch each day. A limited number of scholarships are available.

To register or for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Santa flies into Erie-Ottawa International Airport

Santa as he stepped out of his plane at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport on Saturday.

It was around 11 a.m. on Saturday when the pilot radioed into the Erie-Ottawa International Airport that Santa was 10 miles out. The radio rang loud and clear to the families and children waiting inside of the airport anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival. Bryden Allen and his classmate Gavin Dowling were the first outside in the rain to see Santa’s plane land and approach. As Santa came down the runway, everyone filed outside to see the jolly old elf exit the plane.

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