Chapter 9

Central Ohio

Arnett Howard

Arnett Howard was born in Welch, West Virginia, was raised in Plain City, Ohio, and educated at Jonathan Alder High School, Capital University and Leadership Columbus. He began as a professional musician in 1967 while still in High School. He has done every kind of job from acting, nursing services, custodial, lawn care expert, taught the developmentally disabled, auto mechanic, brokered printing services, radio and television announcer, producer for ACTV 21, composer, and recorded the famed NBC 4 promo "Football Friday Night".

Besides being a professional musician (trumpet, keyboards and voice), Arnett is a broadcaster, journalist, historian, world traveler, communications consultant, teacher, pilot, scuba diver (ask him about Tahiti), skier, confessed women's basketball addict and fan of volleyball in Florida.  Arnett has performed over five thousand concerts and events. He formed Arnett Howard’s Creole Funk Band in 1985, and became Columbus’ band for the Quincentennial Celebration in 1992. He retired the band in 2002, enjoyed Columbus Bicentennial in 2003 and returned to performing in 2004 with Arnett Howard and Friends.

Arnett began flying at Rickenbacker Aviation Center in 1989, and earned his private pilot’s license in June, 1990. He began flying with National Flyers Association, Dick Willis, instructor and got his instrument rating in April, 1993. Since then, his piloting adventures have included trips to New York, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Atlanta, Aspen and Telluride, Colorado, Andros Island, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos.

In 2004 he was invited to be on a committee to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Port Columbus International Airport and he made over twenty short films on Columbus aviation history. In September, 2007, for the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends, Arnett gathered a history of the Tuskegee Airmen after World War II that included over eighty photographs and stories of the airmen when they were based at Lockbourne Army Air Force Base and commanded by Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. 

A fellow pilot (and friend of Patty Wagstaff), he returns to EAA9 to once again present the History of the Tuskegee Airmen and their connection to Central Ohio.

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