For many children, the dream of aviation begins the first time they fly or their initial encounter with an airplane. The wonderment produced by being in the presence of these magnificent pieces of machinery has a profound effect on many young individuals. For some, the introduction to aviation is a passive encounter. For others, the world of the pilot is an active, engaging experience. Brad Coffman grew up in the latter.
Battle Creek, Mich is many things. For some, it is the fictional home of a recently cancelled television show. For others, it is none other than Cereal City, USA. However for Richard Bartlett, Battle Creek, Mich was aviation mecca. It was the city that offered him the access to the key that would unlock the world for him.
People often asked Hank Williams Jr. why he did certain things -- a lot of them bad. In song and verse, Hank provided one of his trademarked replies, saying he was simply carrying on the “family tradition.”
Happy New Year, although a bit late, to our aviation family and friends. I’ve got some really exciting updates to share with you and welcome any feedback or conversations you might like to have.
Seventy-five years of aviation at Western Michigan University and what the next quarter of a century will bring was celebrated Oct. 24 in Battle Creek. As Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons said in that memorable song, “Oh, what a night” and what a night it turned out to be.
The WMU Sky Broncos received recognition at WMU football game for their National Aviation Championship.