Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Russ Roberts

The United Fly­ing Oc­to­ge­nar­i­ans (UFOs) or­ga­ni­za­tion was started in 1982 by a group of about 25 avi­a­tors over the age of 80. As spelled out in the char­ter, the pur­pose is to pro­mote longevity and safety in avi­a­tion; rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of se­nior pi­lots world­wide; to in­spire youth to fly; and to pro­mote fel­low­ship among mem­bers of the United Fly­ing Oc­to­ge­nar­i­ans. Presently there are over 1500 mem­bers world­wide. While many mem­bers are no longer fly­ing, ev­ery mem­ber met the qual­i­fy­ing re­quire­ment that they had been the pilot in com­mand of an air­craft af­ter their 80th birth­day.

There are presently nine UFO mem­bers in Utah. Over the past few years these mem­bers have sched­uled luncheon meet­ings in St. Ge­orge, Cedar City, and re­cently, at the Span­ish Fork Air­port. With a lit­tle math, it can be seen that this group of avi­a­tors were ei­ther teenagers dur­ing World War II or vet­er­ans of that war. Sev­eral were also vet­er­ans of the Korean War. All share a com­mon ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time of fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, both civil­ian and mil­i­tary. Aside from the fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ences Utah mem­bers rep­re­sent a wide va­ri­ety of ca­reers in­clud­ing the mil­i­tary, engi­neer­ing, aero­space, air­lines and medicine.

On July 22, three mem­bers flew their air­craft into Span­ish Fork Air­port, meet­ing a fourth lo­cal mem­ber there, for an in­for­mal meet­ing and a lunch which was gen­er­ously spon­sored by Di­a­mond Flight Cen­ter.

As stated above, the qual­i­fy­ing re­quire­ment is to have acted as Pilot in Com­mand of an air­craft af­ter the 80th birth­day. Any­one meet­ing that qual­i­fi­ca­tion de­sir­ing to join the UFOs should con­tact the Sec­re­tary/Trea­surer: <bart_ bratko@hot­mail.com>. Any­one in­ter­ested can ex­am­ine the UFO web­page www. UFOPILOTS.org.

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United Fly­ing Oc­to­ge­nar­i­ans landed at the Span­ish Fork air­port to visit the area and go have lunch. From left to right Russ Roberts, Don Davies, Dan Pan­tone, and Ralph Cravens.

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