Civil Air Patrol

Service during EAA AirVenture reaps unexpected rewards for volunteers

Photos by Lt. Col. Helgeland – Cadet Senior Airman Andrew LaForge and 2nd Lieutenant Colleen Behrens were able to see what it looked like in the cockpit of the Goodyear blimp.

(L-R) Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Rebekkah Rosenburg, Cadet Senior Airman Andrew LaForge, 2nd Lieutenant Colleen Behrens, Cadet Airman 1st Class Edgar Martinez, Senior Member Michael Marshall, Cadet Senior Airman Christian Ott, Lieutenant Colonel Denese Helgeland, Cadet Staff Sergeant Jonathan Kirk, 1st Lieutenant Rodney Stepp, Captain Shaun Allen and Major Michael Marshall.

Wisconsin – Following a long, hot day of tracking aircraft and emergency locator transmitters (ELT) and providing flight line security at the Outagamie County Airport in Appleton, members of the Kenosha Composite Squadron were given a tour of the Goodyear Airship, “Spirit of Goodyear.”

Mr. Ron Heaps, Goodyear Airship mechanic, explained the operations of the airship and answered everyone’s questions.

Cadets and senior members alike were allowed to climb into the gondola basket and sit in the cockpit.  Although the airship was tethered to the mooring mast and had 27-25pound sandbags of ballast, the blimp was still free to float across the ground and shift with the wind.  “It felt like we were flying,” stated Cadet Staff Sergeant Jonathan Kirk.

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