JROTC cadets fly high with aviation lesson outside of traditional books

ABERDEEN – Cadets from Aberdeen High School’s JROTC classes got a firsthand lesson in aviation as remote control plane hobbyist, Tommy Neal, explained components associated with planes.
Subjects included the reasoning behind the red lights on left wings and green lights on right wings of planes, along with maneuvers of fixed landing gears verses drop landing gears as part of the course’s aviation history lesson.

RAY VAN DUSEN/MONROE JOURNALAIRCRAFT LESSONS – Tommy Neal of Aberdeen explains specifics of one of his several remote control airplanes to cadets at Aberdeen High School's JROTC program as part of their section on aviation.

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AIRCRAFT LESSONS – Tommy Neal of Aberdeen explains specifics of one of his several remote control airplanes to cadets at Aberdeen High School’s JROTC program as part of their section on aviation.

“I’ve flown remote controlled planes for four years and have learned a lot about air dynamics, altitude and other technical parts of flight,” Neal said.
Pulled in by a fascination of history and World War II battle planes in high school, Neal drew similarities of how one thing leads to another.
“You have to find a subject you’re passionate about so it will lead to something else in life,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Coggin, senior aerospace science instructor with AHS’ JROTC program.
Students also learned about how pilot licenses carry different classifications like driver licenses as well as being quizzed on specifics like the difference between the difference between high wings and low wings.
“I learned about the different types of planes and how I should aim high for my future. Life is more than just Aberdeen and you can get out there and have a good life,” said freshman cadet Taylor Short.

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I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.