Aviation Historial Society meets with guest speaker
The Aviation Historical Society met recently at the Macon County Airport with guest speaker, Bob Scott. Scott related some of the more interesting plane crashes in eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, northern South Carolina and western North Carolina that comprise this region of the Smoky Mountain National Park. “It [plane crashes] is not a morbid curiosity,” Scott said, “but it is interesting.” In fact, Scott has written a number of articles on the subject.
Scott also pointed out that the Civil Air Patrol, for which he is still a card-carrying member, oftentimes played a key supporting role to those search and rescue efforts. “As an auxiliary of the Air Force, the primary duty of the Civil Air Patrol, as assigned by Congress, is search and rescue operations.” Scott explained that, any operation that Civil Air Patrol gets involved in, the Air Force has to approve the mission for the organization to be reimbursed for expenses.