The Ackerman Dining Room
Discover the inspiring story of Albert Charles Ackerman Jr. Born in 1933, he faced a difficult childhood, abandoned by his father at the young age of fourteen. To help support his heartbroken mother, he sold his blood. However, one chance event changed his life forever – a solo flight in a Piper J-3 Cub in 1950. From that moment, he knew that becoming a pilot would be his only goal.
Despite some initial setbacks, including a horrific crash in the ocean, Al survived and attributes his survival to a higher source. This granted him a second life and led to a career in aviation, spanning sixty-three years of flying famous celebrities and world leaders in over one hundred different types of airplanes and helicopters.
In retirement, Al spent five rewarding years as an Angel Flight pilot, flying needy patients to far away healthcare institutions. He is still an active octogenarian pilot and has recently published a well-received book titled “My Journey West”. He is also a new member of the United Flying Octogenarians, an international non-profit organization with over 1500 members worldwide.
Al and his wife Debbie were the first residents of Rainmakers and are affectionately known as “The Mayor and First Lady”. At the opening of the new Rainmakers Clubhouse in September 2013, the dining room was dedicated in their honor. The Ackerman Dining Room is the perfect place to hear Al’s captivating stories from his book. Join us for a unique dining experience and immerse yourself in the rich history of Rainmakers.