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Lincoln-Way cadets take Aviation Challenge

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 cadets are U.S. Space Rocket Center Huntsville Ala.  |  Supplied photo

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 cadets are at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. | Supplied photo

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Updated: February 13, 2014 6:02AM



Twelve cadets from Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way West participated in the Air Force Junior ROTC trip to the “Aviation Challenge” program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., prior to the school year.

“During the weeklong, military-style training program, the cadets ‘flew’ advanced military combat simulators, experienced 3.2 Gs in a centrifuge, practiced escaping from a sinking aircraft and learned parachute procedures by riding a 150-foot zipline into the water,” said Lt. Col. John O’Connor, the senior aerospace instructor for the Lincoln-Way Central program, as well as a chaperone for the trip.

The cadets attended classes on aerodynamics, airport operations, navigation, survival and flight physiology, including pilot spatial disorientation training in a spinning chair.

The cadets also put their leadership and nerves to the test in the “Area 51” Leadership Reaction Course, their nighttime Seal Ops mission, and Escape and Evasion training, according to a news release about the trip.

“For most of these cadets, this program was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience training modeled after the type pilots and navigators receive in the Air Force and Navy,” O’Connor said. “This hands-on training really helped to cement many of the concepts we studied this year in the AFJROTC classroom. I believe this is an experience these kids will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The cadets who attended were Diana Villagomez, Nick Koerner, Sam Buckner, Matt Rosendale, Josh Guttman, Connor Cummings, Tony Astorga, Corey Nau, Cam Nau, Rich Fredrick, Justin Gilliam and Steve Sawallisch.

Staff report



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