Complimenting Airshow organizers
Michael and Randy, I wanted to write and thank you both personally for the fabulous air show on Saturday. Having been the organizer of large events myself, such as the California Indian Conference, I know how much work such a huge undertaking can be. It takes enormous organization to pull off what looks to the public as peaceful. My father was in the Air Force in the 1950s, so I invited him to accompany me on Saturday because I thought he would really enjoy seeing the older aircraft (1952 Russian Biplane, Pandamonium [sic] and General Patton's L9). He spent most of his time looking at the planes, talking to the pilots, and looking up into acrobatics taking place in the sky. He played a game of darts for the chance to win a 30 minute flight that afternoon from the Hesperia Flight Academy. Even though the odds were very small of winning, my dad stood behind the white line and threw a bulls eye to win the grand prize. He was delighted at being given the opportunity to fly for thirty minutes with Kelly in his red and white Cessna 152. Kelly took my dad for quite an exciting ride. The best part for my dad was buzzing the airport. He said of his pilot Kelly, "that guy really knows his stuff; he is really a professional, and he really knows what he is doing." I said to my dad, "who actually gets to buzz an airport? How Top Gun is that?" My dad did not stop smiling for two days after his flight, and he called everyone in the family to let them all know about his memorable experience. As a matter of fact, it is the happiest I have seem my dad since my mother went to heaven. I salute you both.