Near the end of January, Mr. Plana’s and Ms. Maier’s physic students had the wonderful opportunity to hear from Wheatley alumnus Michael Baltzer (Class of 1980) on his experiences as an Air Force pilot. Major Baltzer, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, flew 37 missions from January to March 1991. He piloted the A-10 Warthog, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters.
Using a multimedia presentation, Major Baltzer (the father of two current Wheatley students) spoke to the students about some of the physics of flying. He showed training videos during his early years in the Air Force and discussed the impact of the various forces experienced during high speed flying. With an unassuming style and a firm command of the topic, Major Baltzer impressed the students with his story of service and physics!