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Troop 9 Worcester, MA, Flight Training at Patriots Point

Waring Hills Apr 22, 2009

Just as the Navy selected Pensacola, Florida, for the site of naval air training due to good weather conditions, Troop 9 out of Worcester, Massachusetts elected to come south to the USS Yorktown for flight training on a beautiful spring day in April. Led by Scoutmaster John Atlas (a scoutmaster for 23 years!) Troop 9 arrived Monday for a two day visit with 22 scouts and 5 adult leaders.

Troop 9, Worcester, MA, in front of a TALOS surface to air missile.

Troop 9, Worcester, MA, in front of a TALOS surface to air missile.

The troop conducted flight training (Aviation Merit badge class) with clear skies and temperatures in the 70’s, winds were West at 23 mph, gusts to 30 (a little bustery).¬† Of course, we had nicer weather with our flight simulator software in the theater and the scouts’ attention was quickly attained when our first scout pilot, Ben (no last names to protect the innocent), encountered aufschlagbrand (crash and burn) on takeoff. Scoutmaster Atlas now has to write a letter home to his parents. The scouts quickly picked up the three axis flight control system and several were very close to attaining Topgun status…but time was running out…finally one scout, First Class scout Nick Day, stood forward as the last chance of Troop 9 to get a kill and he stepped up to the occasion with a nice reattack, rear quarter lead shot on the Japanese Betty. Another Topgun Scout pilot at Patriots Point, Nick is our sixth this year.

First Class scout Nick Day, Troop 9, Worcester, MA, Scout Topgun for 22 April 2009.

First Class scout Nick Day, Troop 9, Worcester, MA, Scout Topgun for 22 April 2009.

The TALOS missile seen above was developed just up the coast on Topsail Island, just northeast of Wilmington, NC. The missile assembly building is still standing and is a museum now at Topsail Beach, NC. Click here to visit their web site, it is a well done, small museum.

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6 thoughts on “Troop 9 Worcester, MA, Flight Training at Patriots Point

  1. Mr. Atlas says:

    Cmdr. Hills,
    Great pictures ! Thanks again for going above and beyond the call of duty for our Scouts!

  2. Mr. Atlas says:

    Hey Troop 9 Scouts – a great photo of ‘you all’ !!

  3. Ben Montague says:

    Thank you Commander Hill for all your time. It was a great trip.

  4. Colleen Day says:

    All of my children had a great time! I am proud to be “Mom” to the top gunner:)

  5. Sharon Cardwell says:

    All my boys had so much fun they want to go back there soon.

  6. Great news scouts glad to have you visiting our lovely city. The Best Western Patriots Point is an ideal location to stay while visiting the Mt. Pleasant area, keep us in mind for all your travel needs.

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