On this Giving Tuesday, we wanted to highlight an organization that Alpha Industries supports whose mission is to help wounded veterans as they take their next step in life.
Warrior Aviation is a team of aviation enthusiasts and business leaders who work hard to create opportunities for wounded warriors and their families to realize and follow their dreams. This is done by granting scholarships to these veterans to pursue aviation and other career opportunities via a five-part program.
The Air Show Team is responsible for the recruitment and enrollment parts of the program. They reach out to veterans’ groups to solicit members’ participation in the empowerment program and public awareness campaigns. These campaigns are done at air shows and sporting events where the veterans and the group's mission can be shared with the public.
The Career Team provides training, mentoring and job placement. Job paths include roles such as Private and Commercial Pilot License, Certified Ground and Flight Instructor, Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic, Avionics Technician, and Air Traffic Controller. Once the training portion of the program is complete a mentor is assigned and the veteran is placed in a major corporation or public sector job.
The Warrior Aviation Air Show team often performs at the shows they attend as part of their public awareness campaigns. They currently fly an L-39 called the Vandy 1. The L-39 was developed in the 1960s and began mass production in 1972. The bunny design on the tail of aircraft pays tribute to the Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons (VX-4, VX-5 and VX-9) and its use of of the design on the black F-4 Phantom II in 1969. Playboy Enterprises saw the plane and shared their official logo with the squadron as a sign of support. It has come to represent the tradition and spirit of Naval aviation.
We recently formed a new partnership with the Warrior Aviation group with the shared goal of supporting our nation’s wounded warriors. The team attended our M-65 50th Anniversary Celebration where they presented their fellow team member with an award and showed off some of our Warrior Flight Team and Vandy 1-inspired designs. Take a look at photos of the team below and help support this worthy organization.