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Women Can Fly Event, June 22, 2019 at Shannon Airport was a huge success.

Women Can Fly Event, June 22, 2019 at Shannon Airport was a huge success. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time.

“I had so much fun! Everyone was super nice, especially Dave, my pilot. He told me everything that would happen and made me feel completely at ease. The view was amazing! The event was really well organized and I didn’t have to wait long for my turn. I took a friend with me and she got to steer the plane. Now she wants to become a pilot!” Sidney Musselman

Pictured: V.P. Ray Gill’s granddaughter, Sidney Musselman enjoying her turn with pilot Dave Clinthorne at Shannon’s Women Can Fly Event this month.

Tim McSwain presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Tim McSwain
by Ray Gill, VAHS Vice President

On April 20, 2019, member Tim McSwain was presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award at KJGG in Williamsburg.


The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots”.


Tim received a distinctive certificate and lapel pin in a ceremony conducted by representatives of the FAA. His name and city and state of residence will be added to the “Roll of Honor” located at

Last WWII ‘Doolittle Raider’ dies at 103

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last surviving member of World War II’s Doolittle Raiders, died Tuesday in Texas at the age of 103.

The president of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association told The Air Force Times that Cole died in San Antonio on Tuesday morning with his son and daughter by his side.

Cole, originally from Dayton, Ohio, was mission commander Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the 1942 bombing attack less than five months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The bold raid on Japan is credited with providing the United States with a morale boost and helping turn the tide of the war in the Pacific.

“I think the main thing was that you had to go in with a positive attitude,” Cole said in September of the against-the-odds mission. “I really didn’t worry about it. It was our job, and we knew what to expect.”

In 2015, the Raiders, including Cole, were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for their “outstanding heroism, valor, skill and service to the United States.”

Cole parachuted to safety, and he and other Raiders were helped by Chinese partisans. But seven crewmembers died – three were killed during the mission; three others were captured and executed, and one died in captivity.

In 2015, Cole’s book about his service called “Dick Cole’s War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando (American Military Experience)” was published. Proceeds from the book go to a scholarship fund in Doolittle’s name for students in the aviation field, according to Fox 13.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan tweeted Tuesday: “Our Nation has lost a legend. Our thoughts are with the family of Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last of the Doolittle Raiders, who passed away at age 103. He was a true trailblazer, and his selfless legacy of service lives on in our Airmen of today and tomorrow.”

A memorial service is being scheduled at Joint Base San Antonio. Cole will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Courtesy Fox News.


Life Member Emeritus, Tom Woodburn’s account of his journey to bring home his “new” beauty in “A Waco comes Home” originally published in the National WACO Club’s Waco Pilot, New Year’s edition.

It was a spectacular late October Monday, near perfect for flying, and on that day I found myself at 7500 feet crossing the Alleghany Front southeast bound and at the controls of ZQC-6 #4422, NC16203. My friend Dan who was along for the adventure was keeping up with our progress on the Ipad running Foreflight. I was quite happy to be pushing my thumb across the sectional and using the ship’s compass and my watch to track our advance on Richmond. My way seemed right and proper and with the Appalachians framed by two wings and the Jacobs rumbling contentedly I decided all was now right with the world.

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**Special thanks to the Waco Pilot and the National Waco Club for printing this article and allowing us to share it with our members.


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1947 TAYLORCRAFT BC12-D: Moving to Roanoke

The VAHS helped facilitate the consignment of Delegate Frank Hargrove’s Taylorcraft to Roanoke Regional Airport. The aircraft (Del. Hargrove’s first airplane) will join the VAHS Waco when it is hung from the ceiling of the Roanoke terminal in April. VAHS Board members Ray Tyson and Van Crosby, along with Tony Penna from Hanover, helped Jay Ball and his ROA maintenance team load the airplane for what could be its final journey. Del. Hargrove has been a member of VAHS since1980. A “hanging” ceremony is planned and will be announced in the near future. All VAHS members are invited to attend.

Frank Hargrove is well known in Virginia for his 28 years in politics and his business expertise. As a young man, he served in the USAF and attended Virginia Tech on a football scholarship. We look forward to seeing him at the ceremony.

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