Kentucky Post Article - August 23, 1999
 A nice story written about the old flight simulator.

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This is a nice article about Dave and I, written by one of the most popular columnists ever to report on Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In his 41-year career with the Kentucky Post, Jack Hicks brought to life countless stories of everyday folks who had something to share with the community.

I was an officer with the Fort Thomas Police Department, back in those days. Always the good reporter, Jack would routinely call the station (usually in the evening, prior to his deadline) to see if we had anything newsworthy to report. One night, as a joke, I beat him to the punch: I called the Kentucky Post from the dispatch center. Jack answered the phone and I said, "Jack, this is Mike from the Fort Thomas Police calling. Anything newsworthy going on at the Post?” There was a slight pause...followed by much laughter.

Now, nearly 16 years later, I thought it was time to revisit this article, by the great Jack Hicks, which found its way onto the front page of the Post one afternoon.

David Lehkamp







The simulator you will read about in the article was born of wood, wire, hardware and software -- brilliantly brought together by my brother, Mike. It was a singular expression of the love of flight and the machines that make it happen. But it was more than that. That little box in our our parents’ basement served as a bridge to a life of normalcy for me, at a time when I was gravely ill.

By July of 1999, when this was written, I had battled (along with my family) a series of lung and kidney failures, for over three and a half years. When Mike would visit with me, either at the hospital or by phone, the progress of the simulator’s construction, and our plans for it, were the main topic of conversation. This common bond and shared enthusiasm kept me going and kept my mind attached to something outside the confines of four sterile walls in a tiny, darkened room. It didn’t keep me alive, but it did help make the journey toward recovery seem just a bit more worth the effort.

The simulator provided a make believe flight experience, but its construction provided something very real – hope.






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