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This year's event will feature an air show, veterans 5K and golf tournament.

Some of aviation’s most daring aerobatic performers and one of its most honored icons will help Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus 

Prescott’s 2014 Homecoming Soars to New Heights

Wed Sep 17, 2014 at 03:27 PM

octoberwest 2014 - big

This year's event will feature an air show, veterans 5K and golf tournament.

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

  •          Industry/Career Expo: Embry-Riddle graduates and current students can explore co-op and internship opportunities with some of the industry’s top employers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Activity Center on campus.
  •          “Eagle Night” Networking Event: Alumni, faculty and staff can meet and mingle with graduating seniors from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott.

Friday, Oct. 3

  •          Industry/Career Expo: Company interviews from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the campus library.
  •          25th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. atTalking Rock Ranch Golf Club.
  •          Alumni Reception and Awards Dinner: 6-9 p.m. in the Student Union Hangar.
  •          Official Opening Ceremony: Features a Flyover demonstration (scheduled for 5:30 p.m.) as well as free food and activities, starting at 4 p.m. near the AFROTC/North parking lots and Lower Recreation Field.
  •          Hypnotist: Back by popular demand, Bruce McDonald will demonstrate the entertaining power of hypnosis at 8 p.m. in the Activity Center.

Saturday, Oct. 4

  • EAA Pancake Breakfast: 8-10 a.m. at the Flight Line at Love Field Municipal Airport.
  • Veterans 5K: 10:15 a.m. at Pool Ramada.
  • Cross-Country Meet: 9 a.m. to noon at the Lower Recreation Field.
  • Wings Out West Air Show: This complimentary, private air show just for the Embry-Riddle community and guests will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Flight Line at Love Field Municipal Airport, followed by a meet-and-greet with the performers in the hangar. The B-25 Mitchell bomber “Maid in the Shade” will be at the flightline as part of a static display. The historic World War II aircraft built in 1944 saw action in the campaign for Italy and flew regular combat missions in support of the Allied efforts during WWII. Wings Out West Air Show attendees not only will have access to get up close and personal with the B-25 during the show, rides will be available for purchase after the show.

    Featured Performers
    - Melissa Pemberton: The Embry-Riddle Prescott alumna is known for her high-performance aerobatic display in an Edge 540 as well as wingsuit skydiving, flag jumps and more. Coached by the likes of Wayne Handley and Michael Goulian, in 2006-2007 Pemberton was the youngest female ever named to the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic team. In addition, she was a Stars of Tomorrow performer. For more information, go to www.sportsgal.com.
    - Will Allen: Known as “The Flying Tenor,” Allen has made a name for himself with a high-energy performance singing the National Anthem from his airplane in flight. In addition to the National Anthem Show, Allen recently debuted a new show titled “Rock-n-Roll Airshow Man.” For more information, go to www.willallenairshows.com.
    - Craig “Brute” Teft: Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Teft, an Embry-Riddle Worldwide alumnus, will bring his “Brute Force Air Show” to Wings Out West, performing in his Chinese Nanchang fighter. Teft has more than 30 years and 7,500 hours of experience to his credit and has competed in aerobatics since 1988. For more information, go to www.absoluteaerobatics.com.
  •          Documentary screening: Pre-release screenings of a star-filled documentary film about aviation legend Bob Hoover, “Flying the Feathered Edge,” at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Davis Learning Center
  •          Blue & Gold Bash: Food, music, games and a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament will kick off at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Hangar.
  •          Fireworks: 8:30 p.m. at the lower fields.

Be sure to check out the OctoberWest Pocket Guide!

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.

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