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Tom Pierchala 
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Tuesday, 8. March 2005 01:02 Host: VDSL-130-13-72-243.PHNX.QWEST.NET Write a comment Send E-mail

This is a really great thing that Josh has done with this site.

I took my first flight with the squadron in one of the two Forney Ercoupes that We had at the time. I then soloed in March of 62 in good ol 5668E. Bill Spreurer was my instructor and I think I was one of his first students. Ralph gave me a lot of dual and I really appreciate and thank him for all he's done all these years. I was the president of the group for a year or two and enjoyed the experience. Those family dinners we had were great. I've been fortunate to be able to stay in aviation all these years and will be retiring this year after 34 years with Flying Tigers and now Federal Express.

Lots of great times with the Squadron, I still remember how proud we were of Tom Cagan when he soloed to the Boy Scout Jamboree. His dad, Harry, was always an inspiration to hit the books with his ground school sessions. I'm really looking forward to being at the reunion and seeing all the guys. But especially to be able to thank and honor Ralph!!
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