Aviation For the People

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Date:  First Saturday Each Month

Time:  10:00AM

Location:  Wilson Industrial Air Center

Address:  4545 Airport Drive

                 Wilson, North Carolina 27896

Brief Club History by Brad Striplin:

I accepted a position flying out of KRWI in the Spring of 1981.  Later that year, I befriended Donald Ray Parker (AKA Parker Speaking) at Air Care of Rocky Mount.  Neither of us having attended Sun-N-Fun, we formulated a haphazard plan to invade Lakeland, Florida for one of the best aviation gatherings in the nation, Sun-N-Fun!  We departed KRWI after Parker clocked out from work one evening and struck out for Florida in my minivan with a borrowed tent, a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter.  We enjoyed the event so much, we invited all of our aviation friends back each year.  What started as just two aviation nuts, turned into over a dozen campers and growing.  One year after the daily air show, Louis Smith Jr. and I discussed the possibility of organizing and adding structure to our group.  That night we all decided that the future of our group was destined to be an EAA chapter.  On our return from lakeland, Chapter 1047 was chartered and articles of incorporation were documented.  Thus, EAA Chapter 1047 was born November 19, 1993.


The thirty original members were as follows:  Thomas Allsbrook, Ralph Brogden, John Burguryn, Frank Cannon, Audie Carter, Stephen Collins, Bob Crowder, Ashley Fleming, Harry Fornarotto, Gary Fornecker, Stan James, John Joyner, Frank Kidd, Bill Moncrief, John Monroe, Steve Moore, Lin Oakley, Donald Parker, Carl Pennington, Mike Phillips, Steve Redding, George Royster, Eileen Shanks, Roger Shanks, Louis Smith Jr., Louis Smith Sr., Brad Striplin, Hunter Sullivan Ron Williams & Callbie Wood.


Ready to join the fun?  EAA Chapter Members have access to people, services and activities they could never enjoy or accomplish on their own.  Your EAA Membership is the invitation, so join your local Chapter and discover what other EAA Members in your area are already enjoying!


For Information on joining EAA 1047 

EAA, Experimental Aircraft Association, is a national organization that began in 1953 by a group of individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who were interested in building their own aircraft.  Through the decades, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft.  


More importantly, the organization focused on people, offering the oppurtunity to make new aviation friends and form relationships while encouraging the sharing of information, stories and enthusiasm.  The focus of EAA is communication, through our publications, Chapter Network, websites, and numerous other programs.  There is literally something for everyone.


You don't have to be a pilot or aircraft owner to be a member of EAA. You can find different ways to fulfill your aviation interest, whether it's participating in EAA's Young Eagles or visiting the world's premier aviation event......EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.


For the long-time aviation enthusiast and pilot, EAA has programs and activities that allow you to meet others with the same interests.  If you have dreamed of flying, but didn't realize you could participate, we invite you to join EAA.


Whether you are interested in building, buying or owning an airplane; seeing the world's greatest air show performers; meeting aviation personalities; or just enjoy being around airplanes...EAA is the place for you!

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