Saturday, October 7th, EAA 690 is much honored to have Rick McCrary (Ret) USAF SR-71 pilot Join us for a fascinating look into the world of aviation “on the edge.” McCrary has an exciting story of his days as a US Air Force SR-71 pilot. Since 1976 and to this day, the SR-71 has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, an aircraft virtually on the edge – of technology and the atmosphere.
The Lockheed SR-71, nicknamed "Blackbird" was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft whose high speeds and altitudes allowed it to outpace any threat. The SR-71 served with the US Air Force from 1964 to 1998. A total of 32 aircraft were built with 12 lost in accidents, but none to enemy action.
McCrary is a retired USAF pilot with 3400 hours in fast jets including the SR-71. He also held staff positions at MAJCOM and SAF/AQL for low observable systems development. He recently retired from Boeing where his last position was as a Regional Director of International Sales for Boeing Military Aircraft. Rick held leadership positions in program management, strategic planning, business development and marketing for Boeing military programs including the F-15, F/A-18 and weapons. He previously held the position of Vice President International Business Development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security in Australia. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University and a Master of Science degree in systems management from St Mary’s University.
The October 7th program will begin at 10:00 AM and is open to all. An all you care to eat Pancake (and eggs, sausage and biscuits, etc.) Breakfast and/or refreshments are available beginning at 8:00 AM in the EAA Sport Aviation Center, 690 Airport Road, at Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field. The price of breakfast for adults is $6, children under 10, $3. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Randy Epstein, email@example.com.
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The Pietenpol, RV-12 and now the 2-place Pietenpol and BD-6 projects are moving forward at great pace. The Chapter youth members are working on attaching the wings to the fuselage under the guidance of the mentors and are building wing ribs for the full size version of the same plane.
The RV-12 wings are nearing completion and the finishing kit is now here. We are seeking donations so we can complete this beautiful airplane and having something for our members to fly. The avionics and engine portions total approximately $40k. If you have ideas on how we can reach our goal, we would love for you to share them with us. In the meantime check out the photos of both projects on the website and on Facebook.
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EAA 690 is a Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, located at Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A diverse chapter with over 250 members, we offer a wide range of aviation-related activities on a regular basis. While the Pancake Breakfast and our monthly meetings are the norm, we also are heavily involved in youth education through EAA’s Young Eagles program and our Aviation Explorer group, regularly conduct fly-ins, and host historical aircraft such as EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” and the Ford Tri-Motor.
Our technical counselors are some of the best in the business, and willingly donate their time to homebuilders, as they progress through the various phases of constructing an aircraft. We have pilots with a wide variety of experience, from former airline and military pilots to general aviation pilots with a private certificate. “Hangar flying” is a fun part of the mix, and our facility is often used for aircraft annual inspections, meetings, special events, and training. We also have an extensive array of aviation tools for loan to members, and a library full of aviation information.
Come join us on the first Saturday of every month at the hangar to enjoy a $6 Pancake Breakfast, and to learn more about EAA 690.