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WWII fighter pilot to give presentation

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:50 a.m. CST

DeKALB – There’s a place where anyone who enjoys the world of flight and the allure of airplanes is welcome – the Experimental Aircraft Association, the world’s leading organization in providing people opportunities to participate in aviation.

EAA Chapter 241 meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport main terminal building. A light dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a quick business meeting at 7:15 and an aviation-themed program at 7:30.

At the May 14 meeting, Ivan Prall, an avid photographer and a fighter pilot over Iwo Jima during World War II, will share his story and photos. His presentation will be recorded for use by a local historical preservation society. Everyone with an aviation interest, pilots and non-pilots alike, is invited to attend.

“EAA Chapters are the local aviation families throughout the nation,” said Rose Ellen May, EAA Chapter 241 secretary. “We welcome anyone who sees something special every time an airplane flies overhead and wants to meet others who share that enthusiasm for the unique experience of flight.”

EAA has 1,000 local chapters around the world building a stronger bond between local aviators and the public. Other EAA Chapter efforts include Young Eagles rallies, which share the world of flight with young people; aircraft building projects; and work parties that help maintain a local flight facility. Most EAA Chapter members are pilots, but non-flying aviation enthusiasts are always welcome.

Upcoming events include the annual Fly-in/Drive-in Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 3, featuring the American Biplane Fly-in celebration, and the Young Eagle Flight Rally, where kids fly free, on Saturday, June 16. For more information, visit www.eaa241.org.

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