August 6th, 2019
by Jarrett Bertoncin
News at the Wing
Remember, Honor, Inspire, Fly!
Longer then a text but not a newsletter here is the latest goings-on at the Wing.
July General Meeting &
Heritage Speaker Series
WWII and Korean War veteran and former HOA wing member Don Beets was to be the Heritage Speaker at our July meeting. Unfortunately, Don had not been feeling well and was unable to travel from the veterans home in Warrensburg to attend. The Heart of America Wing holds a special place in Don’s heart. So much so Don had pledged to make a second donation to the Wing at the meeting. Not wanting to let the Wing down Don asked his good friend and finical adviser John Marshall to attend and present the Wing with a $15,000 donation. This is Don’s second such donation of the year. The first went to cover the cost of winter maintenance on the Stearman. 

Click the link below to see Don's Story!

Heritage Speaker Series: 
Honoring Yesterday's Heroes Today
Veterans from WWII to today telling their stories

Fairchild 24 / UC-61 Update
At the July staff meeting Staff decided to turn down the Fairchild 24 / UC-61 from HQ. Even though the Fairchild looks great it is just enough of a project that Staff felt it was more then we should take on at the moment with the PT-19 in full restoration. 
July Open Hangar Day
Happy Birthday USA! After a slow start in the morning, the hangar filled up in the afternoon.  Gardner Museum was on hand with a display about Olathe Naval Air Station, site of New Century Air Center and the CAF Hangar. Unleashed Pet Rescue and CBT Zoo and Rescue Creatures by Theresa (CBT features, "Anything but dogs and cats.") were both on hand with pet adoptions.
Free Build-Your-Own Styrofoam airplanes were provided by Heart of America Free Flight Association . If you were ready to take the first step into flight the Civil Air Patrol had a booth to get you started. Face painting and crazy hair were popular as always. As were both flight simulators. John Wittenborn was on hand for rides in the Stearman. The Jeeps kept busy with free rides.
KC Airshow Several Wing Members participated in the KC Air Show July 6 & 7 at the downtown airport. Members worked the ramp and flew in the show. A huge highlight was Jeff Shetterly flying formation with the Blue Angles. 
Flags are returning to the hangar. Still to come are the service flags for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force. 
Stearman on the Road
Our Stearman has been invited to sell rides at the Great Plains Wing, Council Bluffs, IA., fly-in this weekend August the 10th. We will be departing on Friday, the 9th. We plan to return on Sunday the 11th.
Ground transportation may be available. Rooms/meals will be at your expense.

The A-26 Lady Liberty from Oklahoma City will be there selling rides as will the P-51 Mustang Gunfighter. It should be a great get together.

There is still time if you would like to go. Please call Bob R. with questions. 

Bob R
For Sale:
Development Officer Jim Shryock has donated a freezer to the Wing. We do not have a need for it and would like for it to go to a good home. Runs and keeps everything below 28 degrees.
You Haul It $50.00 O.B.O.  - but you haul it!
 Call Brian at 913-461-6777

Watch for more Wing updates.

Stay informed. Get engaged!

Jarrett Bertoncin
Executive Officer
Public Information Officer

Stearman to :
CAF Great Plains fly in and pancake feed
August 10th

General Meeting &
Heritage Speaker Series
August 17th, 10:00am
Vietnam Purple Heart Recipient Al Newland

Wing Staff Meeting
September 5th, 7:00pm

Old Settlers Days
September 5-7th
Downtown Olathe

Open Hangar Day 
B-29 Doc Visits
September 7th 10:00am-3:00pm
Women with Wings! Celebrating Women in Aviation!

General Meeting &
Heritage Speaker Series
September 21st, 10:00am
Speaker TBA

Stearman to:
Wings over Weatherford Airshow
September 28th
Weatherford, Ok

Wing Staff Meeting
October 3rd, 7:00pm

Just Added!
Open Hangar Day 
October 5th 10:00am-3:00pm
Fall Festival!

General Meeting &
Heritage Speaker Series
October 19th, 10:00am
Speaker TBA

Wing Staff Meeting
November 7th, 7:00pm

General Meeting &
Heritage Speaker Series
Staff Elections
Socks forNovember 16th, 10:00am
Speaker TBA

Wing Staff Meeting
December 5th, 7:00pm

Wing Christmas Party
December 7th
At the Hangar

Happy Holidays
No December General Meeting
See you in 2020!