While many in Congress bicker, and the press accuses anyone who disagrees with President Obama as being "racist", we seem to have lost our sensibilities in this country. Obama could never have been elected without a substantial number of white anglo saxon protestant folks voting for him, so please .... let's give this a rest! When I first started flying there were few African American pilots, but today that has changed, just as in many other walks of life. And we are all much better off because of it too. Take LeRoy W. Homer Jr. for example. He was the First Officer on United Airlines flight 93 and sacrificed his life so many more could preserve theirs. Homer was a hero by any standard. As a result of his efforts on 9/11 he received many awards, including honorary membership in the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award and many other posthumous awards. LeRoy began his flying career at 15 receiving his private pilot's certificate at age 18 later graduating from the Air Force Academy. He then served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Somalia. Continuing to serve his country he attained the rank of Major in the Air Force reserves while pursuing a career at United Airlines. Flight recorders from that fateful flight document the heroic efforts of all on board that doomed aircraft, and ultimately prevented further damage to U.S. assets like the White House or U.S. Capitol.
Since his death the LeRoy W. Homer, Jr. Foundation has been established to assist young people with an interest in aviation with financial support and encouragement. The money is meant to be used to help these young people pursue professional flight instruction leading to a Private Pilot's license. Tax deductible donations can be made at The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation
and you are encouraged to visit this site and make a donation. Mr. Homer is survived by wife Melodie and their 9 year old daughter. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Any idiot can get an airplane off the ground, but an aviator earns his keep by bringing it back anytime, anywhere, under any circumstances that man and God can dream up. — Walter Cunningham, 'The All-American Boys,' 1977.