Ahead of the NCLS program, a special early Thursday tour of the cadet airfield.
Gliders have pretty long "arms"!
The old guy in the Army Air Corps uniform is Jerry Yellin, 93 (that's age, not graduating class).
Jerry, a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot, flew the last U.S. combat mission of WWII.
Article about Jerry in this morning's Gazette - click link below; then back arrow to return to album.
It took a fewl of us to help get him in. :)
Taking a selfie.
He so wanted to go up, but planes were grounded for poor weather.. :(
Everyone got a big kick out of meeting such a national treasure.
That's pilot Col. Lee Ellis, who endured five years in the "Hanoi Hilton."
Not cow kills but seven emergency landings in pastures. :)
A glider tow plane.
Base of the control tower - cadets hoping the weather will turn.
Jerry's photo - though not a P-51.
Top of the tower now.
The gliders land on the artificial turf runway.
In van back to main campus and NCLS program.
The start of Jerry Yellin's hour-long presentation.
Spoken quietly and without notes.
He emphasized how honored he was to address the cadets - a highlight of his long life.
While we were inside the snow fell outside. ... Heading to Mitchell Hall for lunch.
Top floor of library to visit a friend who works in Special Collections.
Talk about fearless flyers!
In the Gimbel Room - a hidden treasure.
Col Lee Ellis's talk - showing map of "Hanoi Hilton."
He was a POW in Vietnam for 5.5 years.
A standing ovation - one of many I joined over the two days.
Friday morning now and catching late a presentation in the fairly new Polaris Hall.