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Bob Shanks, a member of the Chino Valley Model Aviators, earned the Carl Goldberg Vital People Award for 2009.

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Robert Shanks Jr. has had a love of flying since his youth, but poor eyesight prevented him from being a pilot in the U.S. Air Force."I ended up going into intelligence work," Shanks, 68, said.