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Billings Hosts 33rd Annual Montana Aviation Conference

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Keynote speaker, Adrian Eichhorn, left, is congratulated by Doug Parrott, center, as Peter Gross, right, looks on.

Nearly 500 aviation enthusiasts gathered in Billings on March 2-4th for the 2017 Montana Aviation Conference. Conference goers were treated to inspiring presentations, such as that by former NASA astronaut and Montana pilot, Frank Borman, Commander of the 1968 Apollo 8 mission to orbit the moon. Airline pilot, Adrian Eichhorn, presented the keynote speech at the Saturday night banquet, relating his round-the-world flight in a Beechcraft Bonanza. Antique aircraft conservator, Greg Herrick, spoke of his decade long effort to preserve original aircraft type certificate data so that airplanes from the Golden Era of aviation might keep flying with newly manufactured propellers, produced to original specifications. Dr. Brent Blue, former team doctor of the U.S. Aerobatic Team, spoke to the Thursday luncheon audience of the many pilots and airman he has known over the years, including the late Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. Dr. Blue recalled chatting with Cernan under a full moon, a remarkable memory.

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