|By Carmelo Turdo|
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During a recent late afternoon visit to Spirit of St. Louis Airport, we joined Civil Air Patrol 1Lt. Joe Morris, Commander of the Wentzville Composite Squadron, as he prepared to fly Aerospace Education Member Michelle Bobo on her Teacher Orientation Program Flight. Michelle Bobo is a K-6 Gifted Education Educator with the Washington, MO School District Challenge Program who uses materials provided by the Civil Air Patrol to augment her curriculum. The hour-long flight was provided as part of the Aerospace Education Membership, and it was her first flight in a general aviation aircraft. She participated in the flight from pushing the aircraft out of the hanger, to flying it and cleaning off the bugs afterward. "It was exciting," she told The Aero Experience after she returned from the flight that took them near the Washington Regional Airport along the edge of a weather front moving slowly away from the St. Louis area. We captured some views of the launch and recovery of the flight as shown below:
The Aero Experience thanks 1Lt. Joe Morris and Michelle Bobo for sharing their flight experience with us. We also encourage anyone interested in becoming a member of Civil Air Patrol to visit the website for details on programs and membership types. For a brief overview on the Civil Air Patrol, see our previous post, Civil Air Patrol Presents History, Mission and Opportunities to Serve at Missouri Aviation Historical Society Meeting, from earlier this year.