December 6, 2014

The winner of the 2014 General Chuck Yeager STEM Education Award is announced.  In cooperation with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Challenger Center of Colorado, Gen. Yeager awarded a $500 STEM grant to high school science teacher Jared Voldness, Williamstown High School, Williamstown, West Virginia.  Jered plans to lead students in building model airplanes to emphasize forces of flight, energy transformation, Newton’s laws, historical perspectives, testing/evaluation, design, and problem solving.  He also plans to purchase a water rocket system to use in teaching about thrust, center of gravity vs. center of pressure, vehicle construction, modeling, performance prediction, and trigonometry.  More information about the AIAA STEM Teacher Grant program can be found here.

September 4, 2014

The 2014 West Virginia Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt event will take place Oct. 24 and 25, operating out of Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County.  Since its inaugural event in 2007, the One Shot has donated more than $300 thousand to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program.  All venison harvested during the hunt is donated directly to the HHH program.  The hunt will begin with the traditional “sighting in of the rifles” at the Stonewall shooting range Friday afternoon, Oct. 24. One year, they thought General Yeager had missed the target until Mrs. Yeager clued them in: the 2nd bullet probably went through the first one on the target. They ceased all firing and went to look Sure ‘nough. Talk about a good grouping!  This year’s invited dignitaries include Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and West Virginia native Brig. Gen. “Chuck” Yeager, retired.  More information about Hunters Helping the Hungry can be found at or by calling 304-558-2771.

May 9, 2012

My great friend Russ Schleeh died Sunday, May 6 2012, at home in Mission Viejo California with his wife Mary, daughter Brandy, son-in-law Ken and step-daughter Kay by his side. Russ was a great WWII bomber pilot, and Chief of Bomber Test. See his Air Force bio here, and here’s a good bio written for the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum.

Russ Schleeh Air Force portrait photoRuss Schleeh posing in T-38 cockpit