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Hanson (Continued from page 1) flight test professionals: scientific and engineering knowledge, critical and reasoned judgrnent, and managerial skills of the first order. A well-devised flight test program, skillfully carried out, calls forth the absolute perform- ance of the aircraft and its associated systems. Finding the people who are capable of planning and flying such a program is not easy, nor is the process autolnatic. Contrary to the romanticized view of old Hollywood films, test pilots are not "born" to their talents, they are painstakingly made. Natural ability in the air is necessary, of course, but a delicate touch on the controls and ab- solute precision on the air are needed FA-18F SUPER HORNET is another of the many US Air Force aircraft - not slapdash bravado. Major Hanson has piloted. The test pilot will be tbllowing formance, stability, control, and mis- F-16 Formal Training Unit teaching carefully-crafted [light profiles, not daring aerial maneuvers, he said. A sion capability of piloted aircraft, students how to fly the F-16. test pilot must be taught to handle his flanson is the son of Dallas and The Major has more than 1,600 airplane with extraordinary precision: Marilyn Hanson of rural Big Stone flight hours in over 40 different mili- to control his airspeed to the nearest City, SD. Mark graduated in 1997 tary and civilian aircraft.A short list of fi'om Ortonville High School mad at- aircraft Mark has flown include an knot, and his altitude virtually to the tended the U.S. Air Force Academy in Extra 300 acrobatic aircraft, T-6 Texan foot--evmT time. Beyond this, the neo- Colorado Springs where he received WWII trainer, Hu-16 Albatross land- phyte test pilot must have a natural his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, ing on the water, Learjet 25, KC-135 affinity for mechanical systems, an in2001. Mark atso obtained his Mas- tanker, Boeing 737, F-15E Strike ability to "feel" the airplane and have a well-honed sense of what is happen- ter of Science in Aerospace Safety Eagle, F-18 Super Hornet, UH-1N ing at any given time. Mature and rea- Systems from Embrv-Riddle Aeronau- Huey, MiG- 15 UTI, King Air 200, a soned judgment is also vital - human tical University in ]~008, and he was Legend Cub on snow skis, and the lives, and millions of dollars, depend awarded a Master of Science degree Goodyear Blimp. According to Mark, upon how carefully a test mission is for Flight Test Engineering upon grad- each aircraft has different and unique planned and flown, uation from Test Pilot School. characteristics to it. During Test Pilot But all of these skills would be use- Hanson's first flight was on a Ford School, students fly a variety of air- less, according to the website informa- Stinson Tri-motor when he was a child craft so that they are exposed to these tion, withom knowledge and training attending an air show; ever since, he differences. This allows one to have -systematic training in gathering has continually had a passion for avi- background knowledge and a "bag of flight data, and then interpreting it, ation. He initially learned to fly from tricks" for when the pilot flies the first said Hanson. Minutes spent in preci- Morris Riggin at the Milbank airport flight of an experimental aircraft. sion flying nmst be matched by hours in Milbank, SD just prior to attending Becoming an experimental test of painstaking eflbrt at computers, in the U.S. Air Force Academy. Follow- pilot is a change from the combat the library, and around the conference ing graduation fi'om the Air Force pilot. Prior to Test Pilot School, Mark table, he said. Academy, Hanson was commissioned had flown approximately 250 combat In the world of flight testing, there as a second lieutenant and proceeded hours in Iraq and Bosnia. Flying in is no room for "second best." That is to SheppardAFB, TX for pilot training Iraq provided a great sense of accom- why the Air Force Test Pilot School where he flew the "1"-37 Tweet and the plishment while supporting the Army takes such pains to make certain that T-38 Talon. He was then selected to at- during their ground operations. While its graduates are the equal to any in tend training for the F-16 in Spring- being stationed in Iraq, Mark had the their profession, field, OH. opportunity to meet many of the The l I-month course included nu- While Mark was in Ohio, he met young Marines and Soldiers that his merous studies of aircraft perfbrm- his wife, Alysia, who was teaching el- unit assisted on the ground. Although ance, flying qualities, and systems ementary school. Mark was assigned Mark may not be directly involved in evaluations. Additionally, the students to Aviano AB, Italy for his first assign- combat operations overseas, the acqui- recei ved training in a variety of air- ment flying the F-16 as a combat flight sition, testing, and evaluation that he craft, including the T-38 Talon, C-12 lead and deployed to Balad AB, Iraq, will be doing directly impacts the Huron, and the F- 16 Fighting Fal- from there. Following this initial corn- warfighter by increasing their capabil- con. The training is designed to edu- bat assignment, Mark was assigned on ities. cate pilots, navigators and engineers to a remote tour to Kunsan AB, South Mark's wife, Alysia, is a native of fully test and evaluate aerospace vehi- Korea where he was an instructor pilot Parma, OH. He met her while sta- cles and their systems. Students yield and a flight evaluator. After Korea and tioned at Springfield Air National technical infbmlation on the suitability prior to attending Test Pilot School, Guard base learning to fly the F- 16. and performance of subsystems, and Mark was assigned to Luke AFB, AZ Mark and Alysia were married in 2005 determine flight characteristics, per- where he was an instrnctor pilot at the during his assignment at Aviano Air qFtbe Member FDIC atTk Base, Italy. Alysia has been able to continue teaching through many as- signments, and she currently works at the school on Edwards AFB. Through Mark's assignments to the two over- seas bases, Mark and Alysia have had the opportunity to travel to many in- teresting locations. They have visited Russia, China, Vietnam, Korea, Thai- land as well as numerous European countries. Although the travels have been amazing, the military spouse is one who makes a commitment equal to, if not greater than, the military member, says Mark. The spouses typically deal with the military members' long work days and frequent travel fbr training or deployments. When people thank Mark for his service, his reply is typi- cally, "Don't thank me, thank nay wife. She is the one who has made the big- ger sacrifice." Hanson, an experimental test pilot with 13 years of military service, is currently assigned to the 445th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, CA flying the F-16 Fighting Fal- con. Mark was promoted to the rank of Major on Feb. l, 2010. He has en- joyed his career in the military and plans on continuing his service for years to come. OAsAmericon Heart sociation WE'RE FIGHTING FOR 'YOUR LIFE news APPLi~TON-Swift County will finance the purchase of 12 acres of land on the southwest edge of Appleton for the Swift County Fair Board. The fair board has an agreement to purchase the land, and to help them do so, commissioners have agreed to finance them $20,000 at zero percent interest over 20 years. Swift County will issue the fair board a check for $20,000 to make the purchase and will withhold $1,000 of the fair's annual allotment each year as payment. If, after 10 years, it becomes too difficult for the fair board to make payments, commissioners will adjust the payment schedule. MORRIS-Becky (Moen) Behrens was chosen to the West Central Tribune Hall of Fame for standout athletic skills at Morris High School. Behrens, a 1999 graduate, was a three sport star in basketball, volleyball and track. She excelled in basketball at the University of North Dakota, twice being selected as All-American, holding the school's record for points in a season (657), and ranked third in all-time career points with 1,762. FAIRFAX-The trial of Matthew Fahey concluded on Tuesday after only one day, as Fahey pled guilty to three chares. Following the conference on Tuesday morning, Matthew Fahey entered a guilty plea to the charge of Criminal Sexual Predatory Misconduct, Kidnapping-To Facilitate Felony or Felony Flight, and Criminal Sexual Conduct-1st Degree Use of Force/Coerce. Judge Randall Sleiter will have 14 days to issue the ruling of fact on the final two elements. Sentencing has been set for April 27, 2011, but could be changed, depending on the findings of fact and timing for motions prior to sentencing, according to Assistant Renville County Attorney Glen Jacobsen. MADISON-Kim Mitchell, District 6-Appleton, was re-elected as chairperson of the Lac qui Parle Valley Board of Education during the board's Jan. 24 organizational meeting. During the meeting, Brian Tebben, District 2-MMN area, was re-elected as vice chairperson and Jon Olson, District 3-MMN area, was appointed the clerk/treasurer of the board. New board members Scott Conn, District l-Appleton, and Todd Kranz, District 5-Milan area, were sworn in. Terry Halvorson, District 4-MMN area, rounds out the LqPV school board. ORTONVILLE'S JUNIOR HIGH KNOWLEDGE BOWL TEAM finished second in the junior high division at the Ortonville Knowledge Bowl Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 22. Glencoe-Silver Lake Team 1 won the division with. 144 .Points followed bv. Ortonville with 94. Ortonville team members pictured above are, from left to right, Colt Scofield, Nathan Roe, Justin Radermacher, Gina Nelsen, Hope Hasslen and Kelsey Mulder. (Photo courtesy of Terry Kalberg.) II By Gail Maxwell went to Perham the weekend of Jan. Eleanor Pavin attended the surprise 839-2207 29 for their daughter Kylie's baptism, birthday party for Pat Minahan's 75th Neil Gutzman of Prior Lake came Ryan and Julie Danielson and birthday on Saturday night, Jan. 29 at to visit his mother Palma Gutzman the children Drew, Bethany, and Connor the Matador. weekend of Jan. 29. were over to Helen Danielson Jerry and Karla Arne of Long Lake Don and Zelda Kohl and Neil Breden's for an evening meal onvisited Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Gutzman were at Palma Gutzman'sSaturday night, Jan. 29. Julie brought Jan. 29 her mother Jeanne Berg. They Saturday evening, Jan. 29. some bars for Helen to bring to a also celebrated Jerry's birthday by Marlyn and Reva Schumacher Homerite luncheon, taking the birthday dessert to spent a few days with John and Anna Glen and Pat Danielson took Helen Northridge to celebrate with Karla's Nielsen and family of Hermantown Danielson Breden home from Abiding dad Ken Berg. from Tuesday, Jan. 25 to Saturday, Faith Lutheran church on Sunday, Jan. Brent, Brenda, and Bryant Jan. 29. While there they celebrated 30. Glen and Pat were at Helen's for Zahrbock were to dinner at Vivian and Isaac's third birthday and Lydia's fifth dinner. Howard Janssen's on Sunday, Jan. 30. birthday. On Tuesday, Feb. 1 the HomeriteDelores Karels of Northridge on Jeanette Bohlman treated friends residents had a get-together with pie Sunday afternoon, Jan. 30 had coffee Paul and Lavonne Schuelke and andice cream during the cold weather, in the dining room with Urban and Norbert Karels at Pizza Ranch for The Randleman family made up ofLucille Stolpman and Harold and dinner in honor of Lavonne's birthday. Craig and Kippy of Ortonville, Eric Vivian Strei. Gen Adelman's son Dennis and Jessie Randleman and children Quinlan Kehnle celebrated her Adelman of Milbank was a FridayLucy and Greta of Glenwood, Emily fourth birthday with friends and evening, Jan. 28 supper guest at Gen's Randleman of Minneapolis, and Jenny family at the Matador in the Fiesta house, and Sid Lien and their children Andy, Room on Friday, Jan. 28. Quinlan is On Saturday, Jan. 29 David and Josh, and Lindsey from Fargo all flew the daughter of Ryan and Nikole Janet Weber Went to the Ortonville to Orlando, FL on Jan. 22 to enjoy a Kehnle. School to see Morgan Haggerty in a family vacation at Disney World. The The second and ninth graders from dance show. little kids were all very thrilled to religious education classes at St. Patty and Ken Knudsen of meet all the Disney characters. On John's won the Penny Wars for the Glenwood brought some of Fran Monday, Jan. 24 the family celebrated fight against hunger. They got to go Sester's favorite foods with them Kippy's birthday at a grand gathering bowling at Alley Cat Lanes. Three when they went to visit Fran atat the Odyssey at Epcot. The family hundred and fourty three dollars were Northridge. They all enjoyed the enjoyed fine weather that reached the donated of that $250 was all in lunch together, mid 60s each day. The families change. Vi Hansen and her family attended returned home on Saturday, Jan. 29. High bridge players at the Vi's sister Diane Kvidera's birthday Friday night, Jan. 28 Eleanor Pavin Ortonville Community Center Friday party at St. John's Catholic Church on went to the "Arts on Ice" figure afternoon, Jan. 28 were Jim Loeschke Sunday, Jan. 30. Diane's children skating show in Ortonville. Eleanor's and Betty Nelson. They had a very hosted the party, great-niece Makayla Schuelke ofenjoyable afternoon. Matt and Laura Lamb and girls Watertown performed in the show. .......... the W/nner of Watertown Ford Chrys/er 201 0 NEW VEHICLE Terry and Cindy Leonhardt of Groton, SD received a check from Watertown Ford Chrysler for the full purchase price of $43,856 of their new 2010 Ford F- 150 they bought in February 2010. Watertown Ford Chrysler is continuing the "New Vehicle Giveaway" for 2011 and will also be giving away a pre-owned vehicle. + ii ........ ertown "One Low Price, Plain and Simple, Always/ 1600 9th Ave. SE, E. Hwy. 212 Watertown, SD 57201 605-886-5844 or 800"658"3671 ,< Tuesday, Feb. 8,2011 INDEPENDENT Page 3