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UND Aerospace Publishes Book on Odegard School

Flight of the Odegard Launches School's 40th Anniversary

Grand Forks, North Dakota - UND Aerospace announces publication of Flight of the Odegard, the inspiring, improbable saga of the takeoff and non-stop flight of the unparalleled John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota, as part of the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Odegard School.

The UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) has commissioned author Patrick McGuire to write the narrative, which is scheduled for release on September 6.

Flight of the Odegard is a rendition of the journey of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. From a meager beginning with two donated aircraft and 12 students to the emergence as a worldwide leader in aviation education, the book outlines how one man’s passion and dedication helped create the most prestigious flight school in the world. The book highlights John Odegard’s commitment as a teacher, visionary, entrepreneur and leader in the field of aerospace and tells the incredible story of how these attributes contributed to the formation of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

United States Senator Byron Dorgan provides the foreword detailing his personal relationship with John and the many experiences they shared, from flying together in rural North Dakota, to John’s dream of creating “…an aviation school on the prairie…” Dorgan captures John’s enthusiasm and charisma for aviation and speaks of the self-confidence Odegard portrayed that made his dreams reality.

The full media kit for Flight of the Odegard is available online at www.flightoftheodegard.com. The media kit contains bios of John Odegard and Pat McGuire as well as Senator Dorgan’s foreword and ordering information for Flight of the Odegard.

About UND Aerospace: UND Aerospace, which includes the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and the UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF), is an international leader in collegiate and contract aviation education and training services flying over 100,000 hours per year in over 120 aircraft. UNDAF also has facilities in Spokane, Washington with Spokane Falls Community College; Lumberton, North Carolina with Robeson Community College; Phoenix, Arizona in conjunction with Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Williston, North Dakota with Williston State College; and Crookston, Minnesota with the University of Minnesota in addition to its home-base in Grand Forks, North Dakota. With more than 2,000 students from throughout the world, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is the second largest college at the University of North Dakota. Undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a variety of rewarding careers in aerospace are offered through four different academic departments: aviation, atmospheric sciences, computer science and space studies. The UND Aerospace training complex is the most technologically advanced environment for aerospace education, training and research in the world.
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