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For my visitors:

    On April 16, 2001 I created my first website. It was with an old provider, which many of you know, called Homestead. They had an easy-to-use site builder. It was simple, and most of the time convenient. I didn't want to bother working out all the kinks with FrontPage, and the site builder was most persuasive in my choice to go with them. At first, I didn't know what to make my site about. I had recently finished a World War II research project on aviation in school (See WWII Paper in "Documents"), and for some reason the topic had inspired a passion in me. I thought that a nice, simple site with all the most helpful links I had encountered while doing my project would be great for the next students doing the project. So, I made "WWII Aircraft Links"

    As for the passion for aviation, it was exponentially increased when I did a family history project (See REACH Paper in "Documents") on my grandfather's experiences in WWII as a B-17 pilot. I never got to know this man, except for what I learned in the research project. This project motivated me to create another site, called "WW2 Aircraft Pictures." Again, this site was with Homestead. Only did I know what a mistake I had made with choosing the "easy" way out and going with Homestead. In early June 2001, I received notification the the host was going to a pay based service. I would not be going along with that! Luckily I had made a recent friend who created the first few pages using FrontPage and got me started on the site. I began to learn, and now I have the website you see here. Hopefully the site will continue to evolve, and I will eventually be able to move to a domain name and a pay-based host.

    Creating this website has brought many responsibilities and joys. It is rewarding to be able to share my [limited] knowledge with others in that I may help expand the awareness of the service of our world's veterans. I plan to continue my knowledge into becoming a pilot for the United States Air Force. It is my hope that I will be able to accomplish this through an education at the USAF Academy. Currently, I am a cadet serving in Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary.

     With that, I close. It has been my pleasure serving the aviation community, and I look forward to continue enriching the environment that we all enjoy. I hope you find many uses for my work.

Cadet Bryce McKibben

 

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