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Pancake Breakfast and Meeting
June 12 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Breakfast served 8:30-9:30 followed by our Meeting 10:00 to noon(ish)
Robert “Hoot” Gibson will present
Robert “Hoot” Gibson started flying with his father in the family Bonanza. At age 10, his father moved the throw-over yoke to the right side and told Hoot, “You make the takeoff.” He went on to solo at 16 and got his private certificate at 17. He completed college with an Aeronautical Engineering degree and began Naval Flight Training in 1969. His first assignment was to the F-4. After two tours flying off aircraft carriers in the South China Sea, he was selected to the first class of pilots to be trained on the F-14 Tomcat. A third Southeast Asia tour ended with an opportunity to attend Naval Test Pilot School at Maryland’s Patuxent River Air Station. After completing test pilot school, he sent in the paperwork to NASA and was selected as an astronaut in the first class being formed for the Space Shuttle operations. During his tenure at NASA, he served as Chief of the Astronaut Office. He flew a total of five Shuttle Missions with the last four as Commander. Hoot became active in Reno Racing and won the Unlimited Gold Race in 2015 flying the P-51 “Strega”. Throughout this long career in Aviation and Space, he has enjoyed flying his two aircraft – a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Cassutt Formula One Racer.
Breakfast Volunteers – Please let Sue Cole (filling in for Tom and Deanna) know if you can help set up and serve starting at 7:30am.
ARRIVE BY GOLF CART and park in the grass if feasible. Else, park at Plane View Park and walk up to the second hangar to the east. We anticipate a very large attendance. DO NOT park on Wedgefield Drive.
COVID Notice – This will be an in-person meeting with food service. Please consider your personal immunity and risk status before deciding whether to attend. And as always, be respectful of other members and guests.
If visiting from outside Pecan Plantation, please let the gate attendant know you are going to the regular EAA Chapter 983 monthly meeting. If possible, please call a Chapter Officer in advance, and they will be glad to help guide you in.
*** VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME ***