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Fred Kaltenbach, Life-Time Member
Author: Luella Cousins

When I hear someone call George, I know Fred is in the area. I have no idea why he started calling me George as my name is Luella, but now if he called me anything else I would be worried.

Fred was born on February 9th which makes him the young age of 82 years old. He is still an active flyer although he doesn't get out now as much as he used to or as much as he would like.

Fred's first plane was a rubber powered plane that he had in 1935. In 1957 he got involved in free flight and owned a Brooklyn Dodger powered by a Hurricane engine. He could now afford bigger and better. In 1978 he got involved in Control Line flying for a number of years and enjoyed his experiences immensely.

In 1987 along with a few others, Fred helped to found the present day Sky Rangers Model Flyers. For six or seven years, he was the chief flight instructor and wrote our wings program which mirrors that put out by MAAC. He prefers to fly 40 size planes although he does own a 60 size Beaver. He looks forward to the float fly-ins every year that are held at Sandy Point near Salmon Arm, B.C. He told me that this year he will miss the one in June as his grandson is graduating high school and he intends to be there as you only graduate high school once.

In his spare time Fred likes to tie flys and fish as well as work in his woodworking shop. If he is not doing this, he takes to the skies and soars with the eagles instead of staying down here with us turkeys.

Due to his commitment to our club, Fred holds one of three life-time memberships the club has awarded.

We love you Fred - keep flying.

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Fred doing what he loves to do
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Fred running his engine check on his Cessna 182
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Fred still goes through all his pre-flight checks
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Prepping for flight

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