Some of aviation’s most daring aerobatic performers and one of its most honored icons will help Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus celebrate current students and honor its graduates as part of the campus’ annual OctoberWest homecoming event Oct. 2-4.
OctoberWest’s Wings Out West, a free, private air show for alumni, students, faculty, staff and their guests, will include a performance by Prescott alumna Melissa Pemberton and Embry-Riddle Worldwide graduate Col. Craig “Brute” Teft (Ret.) in his Chinese Nanchang fighter. Also on tap to perform is “The Flying Tenor,” Will Allen, with his patriotic musical aerobatics. A career expo, alumni golf tournament, veterans 5K race and a cross-country meet round out activities on and off campus.
But it’s the visit by aviation war hero, ground-breaking test pilot and air show extraordinaire Bob Hoover that makes this year’s festivities even more special. Earlier this year, it was announced that Embry-Riddle will host a special Hall of Honor highlighting aviation’s legends handpicked by Hoover himself.
A World War II veteran and prisoner of war who escaped from the Germans by stealing one of their own aircraft, Hoover was one of the world’s most renowned experimental test pilots. Later, as an air show pilot, Hoover performed in front of more people, in more countries and in more types of aircraft than any individual before or since.
Hoover is scheduled to attend several of the special events including the 5:30 p.m. campus flyover and 6 p.m. alumni dinner on Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4’s VIP breakfast and Wings Out West air show.
He is also expected to attend the first of two special pre-release screenings of a star-filled documentary film about Hoover, “Flying the Feathered Edge,” which will be at 1 and 3 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 4 in the Davis Learning Center on campus.To watch the trailer for “Flying the Feathered Edge,” click here.
“Having a legend like Bob Hoover here for Embry-Riddle Prescott’s annual homecoming festivities is so fitting because it’s that passion for aviation that Bob inspired in so many that we strive to instill in our students and that you see in our graduates out there in the real world,” said Embry-Riddle Prescott Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers.
Special events scheduled for OctoberWest 2014 include:
Thursday, Oct. 2
Friday, Oct. 3
Saturday, Oct. 4
Be sure to check out the OctoberWest Pocket Guide!
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