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Verne Jobst To Keynote Annual EAA Wright Dinner

November 22, 2006 - Longtime EAA member, supporter, and 40,000-hour pilot Verne Jobst will be the featured guest speaker at the 4th annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 15, at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar. The gala event will commemorate the 103rd anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first successful powered flights at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, December 17, 1903.

Renowned as an entertaining after-dinner speaker, Jobst will share his memories from a 50-plus year flying career, focusing in particular on his role as chief pilot for the EAA’s 1977 Lindbergh Commemorative Tour. He logged more hours behind the controls of EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replica than Charles Lindbergh actually flew in the original aircraft!

Jobst, who soloed at age 16 in an Aeronca Chief, got his first airline job in 1951 flying DC-3s with Capital Airlines. He went on to amass over 40,000 flight hours during his long and varied career, which also included flying for United Airlines, U.S. Steel, and the C&O Railroad.

Jobst is very active in the sport aviation world, having served as president of the International Aerobatic Club; air show director at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh; and pilot for a wide variety of historic aircraft including EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast.

Reservations for this special evening event are just $25 for EAA members and $30 for nonmembers. Make your reservation online call 920-426-6880. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the keynote address.

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