The Eagle Has Landed . . . Flapping His Wings at John Wayne
Photo by Joel Eckman Maus Glenn and Wendy Stearns admire Challenger's wingspan as handler Al Cecere holds the non-releasable bald eagle.
CHALLENGER'S CHARITY FLIGHT PATH IS CORRECTED . . .
"Challenger," the non-releasable American bald eagle we told you about this morning, made his scheduled arrival at John Wayne Airport.
|Photo by Joel Eckman Maus|
|Wings of freedom.|
It is there that Challenger, who appears at numerous sporting and charity events and is believed to be the only eagle that has ever been trained to perform, is scheduled to fly off Cecere's arm and over the audience
Astronaut Charlie Duke is being honored at the event along with Sugar Ray Leonard and Tibor Rubin. The charity was co-founded by Glenn and Mindy Stearns (who used to do pitch in entertainment reports on the KTLA Morning News). Both were on hand to greet Cecere and Challenger at John Wayne Airport. Their event, which has raised nearly $1 million for local
charities, is this year scheduled to support the Wounded Warrior Project, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club.