Friday's Fabulous Flyer!
With beauty, brains, and the love of flight, Hannah Hunhoff has been bitten by the aviation bug. When I meet young people like Hannah, with a history of aviation in her family, I have to wonder if this passion is more than a bite, but flowing in their blood.
Hannah's great uncle flew as a co-pilot on the P-17. Another great uncle was a pilot for the 491st during WWII. Her grandmother's cousin was a Brigadier General. Her grandfather was a bush pilot in Alaska with incredible stories to share. Her great grandfather flew in 1929 and trained pilots for WWII. Her dad is ex-Navy Airwing and currently works for Boeing. Her uncle, Navy Airwing, once flew P3 Orions is the Chief Pilot at Galvin Flying Service
I first met Hannah at Renton Airport at a Fly It Forward event with her Dad, Joe.
|Joe and Hanna|
To date, she has 1.5 hours of stick time, logged in her very own logbook, thanks to Cathy Mighell's Out of the Blue Aviation Summer Camps. I had the opportunity to meet Cathy one evening when I drove up to Arlington to speak to a group of aviation enthusiasts at Out of the Blue about my career as a pilot. Who should be there but my friend Hannah.
Joe had told me that the B17 was Hannah's favorite plane since she took a look at it several years ago. Hannah says:
“That’s not entirely true. I wouldn’t expect him to know what happened exactly because I don’t tell very many people how it happened in detail. On a random day, we decided to go to the Museum of Flight. We went out to go see the Concorde out in the airpark. I thought “Wow! What an interesting plane! I would love to study it!” So I did.
Learning about the Concorde inspired me to aviation. I again thought “Hmm. If this plane is very interesting, I’m sure there are more cool planes out there!” So I looked at many others. I learned more and more about planes and I thought they were very cool so I was an aviator. My uncle Chris Hunhoff is the chief pilot at Galvin Flying near the museum. He inspired me to be a pilot. When I took a flight with him when I was four, It was pretty fun. I remembered it was very fun! I wanted to fly planes myself.
When I saw the Concorde was January 02, 2010. How I remember this is I took a few pictures and they had the date on when they were taken. Otherwise, I would have never known when this happened. Moving along to the B-17, I first saw it on memorial day 2010. Can’t remember exactly what day of the month that was. But I got to look around inside the aircraft. Strangely, I don’t really remember much of it. Only that it was raining, haha! But soon, I’ll get to see it again and I’ll engrave the memories into my brain.
My dad told me about the movie “Memphis Belle." If you haven’t watched it, It’s a truly amazing movie! I recommend it! And it sounded interesting. The plane starring in it was a B-17. That movie gave me an idea on how they were used in war. I found it interesting. From the Wright brother’s first flight, all the way to tomorrows advanced designs, I’d say my favorite era of aircraft is from the 1939’s to the 45’s. I am interested in WWII Aviation the most. Not so much on modern. I love how the planes sound, look and more! The P-40 and the B-17 are my 2 top favorites. I like many more but those two are my absolute favorites."
|Hannah and the Liberty Bell|
A few years ago Joe and Hanna happened to be at the Museum and the B17 was offering tours and flights on that day. They only managed a tour for Hanna that day, but watched the schedule and learned that the Liberty Bell would be back again, and when the crew heard Hannah's story they were sure to put her on the first flight of the day and give her an opportunity in the cockpit too.
|Captain Christine, Captain Hanna, and First Officer Karlene|
|Grandpa Larry, Grandma Barbara, Dad Joe, Mom Cynthia, and Hanna|
Keep that passion alive Hannah. All your dreams are coming true. Join me here next Tuesday to meet details and photos of her aviation family. Aviation History at its best!
Enjoy the Journey!