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Prince William tours Local Airport Control Tower

posted Aug 16, 2018, 5:38 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Aug 18, 2018, 10:00 AM ]

MANASSAS, VA Over 70 members of Prince William rallied at the squadron’s operations building located on the grounds of the Manassas Regional Airport for triad aerospace education event. Cadet 2nd. Lt. Samuel Pewett and Cadet SMSgt Neha Balaji kicked off the event with a safety brief for the event activities. Members toured the control tower, listened to an airport operations brief (to include making cool paper airplanes), and explored two aircraft on static display, a Cessna 172 and a vintage O-2A Birddog owned and operated by Lt. Col. Chris Mayer of Manassas. Special thanks to 2nd. Lt. Elias Kontanis for coordinating the tower tour, to Capt. Ryan Blanding for the airport operations brief, and 2nd. Lt. Dave Sommers for staging the Cessna 172 and for sharing his expert knowledge of aircraft operations and maintenance.

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