The beginnings are not all clear. Some things I can tell, others by and because of honor I will keep private.
In our part of the world, the traditional hot rod was not a car or truck or bike. No Our hot rods had wings, flew hard and flew quick.
With nearly 70% or better of the working people of Layton Utah being military of either Air-Force or Marine, it was not unusual that we as the youth had visions of air craft cockpits, rather than automotive dashboards.
It was in this view that myself, and a few others assembled albeit somewhat against DoD regs, but in 1968 through the Boy Scouts, and cub scouts, troupe 303 and the Eagles Flying Club, was formed. We collected the plastic models of, as well as the history of military aircraft. On occasions we got near free rein to go up on Hill Air Force Base to view some of the , then state of the art warbirds. From the F-4 Phantom, to the X-15 we saw it, smelled it, sat in it.
In 1971 My Mom & Dad had served their duty and decided to move , again albeit against my better judgment, to Idaho. Over the previous years it was through my Dad, a man who my dad was in partnership with on a motel country club in Burley here called the Ponderosa. Through the Eagles, gave to the city of Burley an old fighter aircraft that today greets all to that airport.
Once we had moved here, efforts to bring about a Idaho charter of the Eagles, was more miss than hit. We signed 6 kids, from the Hagerman, Wendell, Twin Falls area of Idaho.
It was on one of the information campaigns that I got my first taste of radio.
My Dad made some sort of arrangement with Al Lee, of Lee Family Broadcasting, and I had a 30 minute bit on then KFMA 92.7, now Z103 FM Jerome.
However in 1974 it was agreed that the Eagles would be grounded for another operation that would consume my life, and the TeenAge Truckers Association 4-H club was born. The TTA lived until mid 1978 when it was felt an all inclusive organization not just of OTR trucking was needed.
In 1981 through a search of props for a diorama for the 1981 Salt Lake City AutoRama that I discovered ye old General Lee, and the rest of that is history.
The Eagles however were not be seen, until the spring of 2000. Just at the time I had pretty much gave up on going bassackwards in Idaho, and after finding a group of F-4-U Corsairs in Jerome, the might young men of valor gathered at a beer bar in Jerome Idaho, and the Eagles were reborne as The BlackSheep Aviation Association. Over the following months the BlackSheep was reformed as the AyreWolvez, Military Aviation Association, as I took the imagery of the 214 and applied that to our Utah unit of my own company, BlackSheep Toewing.
All from an idea and model airplanes.
In true spirit, we too , Once we were Eagles.
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