Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wreath's Across America - Rifle Detail

Parade of Flags
I wanted to share my experience with attending "Wreaths Across America" on December 11, 2010. I was part of the rifle detail to present colors at Golden Gate National Cemetery. Alongside of me were members of SQ18 out of Hayward. 

I had the honor to present these colors and volley a gun salute with Capt Ken Sturgill, Capt Grant McCoy and Cadet Ken Sturgill. Not only was this humbling, it also brought back several memories of previous events to honor the fallen.

Our day began at 0630 at SQ18 and we carpooled to the cemetery. The weather was looking favorable, unlike last year when the participants were rained on. The cadets from SQ18 lead the parade of flags to honor and bring in the dignitaries. It always amazes me with how professional the cadets look and perform the duty. It does bring me hope to know that these are going to be the future. Whether or not they join the military is secondary. What CAP brings them can be used in any capacity throughout their lives.

Rifle Detail
Once the parade of flags was finished, the rifle detail was summoned to present colors. We fired our M-1 rifles into the air and after the third loud burst; we came to attention for presentation of arms. That was amazing and how impressive to know that Cadet Ken Sturgill led us in marching and orders! I was so confident in his parade and marching commands. Although he is only 15, he possesses many traits of a leader and I know he will go far in whatever he chooses to do. This is by the way, to become an Air Force Rescue Paratrooper!

I was glad to see two other members from SQ188; 2d Lt Pat Bitz and our medical officer, Capt Kumar Misra.

I encourage and challenge members of our SQ, to participate in one of the ceremonies to honor those who served. There are several choices. 4th. of July, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and now Wreaths Across America.

I wanted to thank Capt Ken Sturgill for allowing me to display arms and march with them during the presentation. I look forward to next year's gathering and I know it will be bigger and better!

2d Lt David Dunham is SQ188's Personnel Officer and is a qualified Mission Observer.

Images courtesy of Capt Kumar Misra and Capt Kenneth Sturgill II.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wreaths Across America

Capt Kumar Misra
On Saturday, 11 December 2010 at 9 am, 2d Lt David Dunham, 2d Lt Pat Bitz and I attended the “Wreaths Across America” event at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.  It was an outstanding event that I plan to participate in annually for the rest of my life; I recommend the same for each and every one of you too.  The motto of it is “Remember, Honor and Teach”.  It is profoundly simple, yet just as profoundly important a slogan.  I believe that it is our civic responsibility as Americans to uphold this concept.  Sadly, often we as Americans forget and take for granted that the day-to-day liberties and freedoms we have, came with incredible sacrifice against some of the most remarkable stresses of human peril which history has ever known.  While there are numerous movies that tell the narrative about our past military battles, no one more than “Band of Brothers” do I recommend to be used for instructive purposes related to this.  Here is more information about “Wreaths Across America” --

2d Lt Dunham
Specifically, Civil Air Patrol was recognized alongside the other branches that defend America ranging from the Coast Guard to the four major military branches – Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.  Our dear and ill-fated POW/MIA dedication was memorable just as well.  Apparently there are nearly 94,000 of our brave citizen soldiers whom remain unaccounted for which is an incredible thing to ponder much less have quantified and know.  Also in attendance were the “Sons of the American Legion” which was quite a delight to see and to learn about them.  Here is their website:

It was impressive to see veterans from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and others in attendance.  While there were only approximately 100-150 in total attendance, the spirit of whom and what they represented was extremely palpable; loved ones, widows, and others touched deeply upon the service of those who gave it all so we and future generations could be free.

Back to the slogan –

Honor Guard
Remember:  It is important we always remember those who sacrificed so much so we could live in the best nation and society on earth, wherein we can worship however we deem fit, have the right to vote, freedom of speech, live in safety and prosperity, have limitless potential, the freedom to purchase a home, and to travel within our great nation to every corner upon our pleasing.  The principals of a secular, democratic republic such as ours is much more rare than we would think when compared to the rest of the world, most especially wherein ethnic origin, pedigree, religion, cast nor creed make any one of us any more or less American than the next.  That truly is an incredible story so uniquely American that we ought to all be proud of.  If not for those who made it possible to be able to espouse these virtues that make us as America which still to this day is the unmistakable envy of the world and still the most desirable destination on the planet, we would be remiss to not remember these incredible Americans in this fashion at least.  America remains a beacon of hope, freedom, democracy and fairness the world over; something even those who wish America doom well acknowledge.  Such was not accomplished without unimaginable sacrifice and it is critical these brave Americans never be forgotten; for a nation that forgets its past heroes will itself be forgotten.

Honor:  By attending “Wreaths Across America” and spreading the word about it, we pay both honor and homage to these fallen soldiers and veterans.  It is important that we never miss attending and we thank our veterans for their service and deeply personal sacrifices.  It is time well spent to personally thank each veteran and active duty member of our service that we come across in our lives, and it is nothing short of our duty to do so.

Assembled Colors
Teach:  Above all it is our fiduciary calling, duty and responsibility to teach people of all walks of lives and ages, but most especially our children about what the service of our past generations has meant, still means and will forever mean whenever we get the chance; all the while understanding that someday in the future it maybe any one of us at any given time that it falls upon to make a similar sacrifice for our way of life, and preserving liberty, honor and dignity for America – The greatest nation on earth that has done more to liberate people, give generous humanitarian aid, restore human dignity, and volunteer in the face of incomprehensible risk and danger.  Our past success to make the world a better place should never be over looked, taken for granted, mistaken, ridiculed, chastised or undervalued.   The resolve of America to fight fascism, communism, racism, the Nazi menace, human rights violations and terrorism are unmatched and unparalleled on earth and we need to teach that, preserve it, and be an active part of what constitutes quite literally being “The Good Guys”.

The entire ceremony was touching, factually accurate, and concise – All done within 1.5 hours.  All the words in the world can never describe it; please attend in future and you will be glad you did.

Captain Anuruddh Kumar Misra is SQ188's Health Services Officer.

Images courtesy of Capt Kumar Misra and Capt Kenneth Sturgill II.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

One day flight simulator will look like this :)

Amazing video, play at 1080p if you have the bandwidth, of what can be accomplished with Microsoft's Flight Simulator FSX, with the add-on's of FTX, and REX.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

California Wing Conference

So, there I was on Wed, the 10th of Nov, preparing for my first California Wing Civil Air Patrol Squadron (CWG CAP) Conference down in lovely Santa Maria, California. This was my first conference, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was my trip to Santa Maria would start with a 4-5 hr. drive from Oakland. Then I received an email from the Noel, the Squadron Deputy Commander.

Through the grape vine he had heard that Lt Col Dolnick was flying to Santa Maria on CAP 450MB, a Cessna 206, and there was an extra seat. Lt Col Dolnick informed me he was leaving Friday morning and the flight would only take 1.5 hours.  Wow!  When you travel as much as I do and someone says you can stay home a few extra hours and enjoy your holiday, it sure makes your day.

Friday morning at O’ Dark hundred I met up with Major Dana Kirsch at Squadron 10 in Palo Alto. Our pilot Lt Col Dolnick arrived and soon we were airborne to Santa Maria. Shortly after takeoff I was amazed to see how close the Monterey Bay is to the Bay Area. It appears so far away when driving by car but by plane it’s right there!

On the way down the coast, I took a few pictures of Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, and Monterey out in the distance. Another thing that amazed me was seeing Camp Roberts (Camp Bob) and how vast it is. It made me think we should be using this base for training opportunities more often. Now what amazed everyone onboard was our unusually fast 152 knot cruising speed in the 206. 

After the short flight, we landed and I began my day. The conference offered many topics and as the squadron’s Director of Communication, my main goal was to find out as much as I could about the Wing Communication program. Friday was the Advanced Communications User Training (ACUT) instructor course. Ah yes, another four hours of ACUT love. This makes a total of four ACUT classes under my belt. The best thing about being at the conference was meeting people from all over the Wing as well as catching up with others I’ve met at previous CAP events.

The theme for Friday evening was the 40’s. Some folks dressed up in their 40’s era uniforms and outfits, but you were still accepted if you dressed in the current era. The food was pretty much O-Club buffet grub but it was really really delicious. There were a couple of legs of cow, dinner rolls, chips /salsa/guacamole, and even salmon. Then it was over to the bar. I would continue but as the saying goes: “What goes TDY stays TDY” (Temporary Duty: TDY). 

Saturday activities started with a general assembly meeting. Capt Noel Luneau and I decided to make a little adjustment to the seating arrangement by removing a chair which gave us Senior Members a little more room for our larger tail surfaces if you will. The Region, Wing, and Group commanders were lined up at the front of the stage. At first I thought it was strange because I had never seen any thing quite like it on active duty but then I realized how great it was to associate names with faces finally and receive briefings from across the wing as well as Headquarters CAP.

Afterwards I attended three communication’s meetings and a Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) meeting. We were given a communications update, reviewed radio frequency channel plans, and discussed future net communication training. Yes, there was a lot of discussion focused on communications and all questions were happily answered by the instructors.

The GSAR meeting was very good too. There I learned the true reason for the push to have ground team members wear orange vests. Apparently, it is easier for CALEMA and the Sheriffs Deputies to see the orange vests and accept you as a SAR member rather than the BDU’s. I don’t agree with it but I understand the reasoning.

 Saturday evening, I met up with Lt David Dunham for the awards dinner, at which our Squadron was nominated for Best Senior Squadron. Although we didn’t win I felt it was great to be in the running. The Master of Ceremonies was very funny and kept us laughing all night. The one thing I found refreshing and different from my active duty experiences was the speakers and recipients. Everyone said what they need to say and sat down. I didn’t feel the need to bring in the “Wrap Up” sign from Chappelle Show.

Come Sunday morning I was burned out with meetings, so I decided to go for a walk. I walked and walked till I finally ended up at the Santa Maria Museum of Flight. The museum includes a beautiful wooden hangar built for the movie, “The Rocketeer”. I fell in love with the hangar. I felt like I was transported back to the early era of aviation. For the most part the museum covered civil aviation with maybe a third covering military aviation.

At noon, it was time to meet up with my crew for the flight home. Capt Luneau arrived and we took pictures during the preflight. There was talk of flying back together but Noel was not in a hurry to depart with us. Some 45 minutes later I found out why when he passed us by in his 182 RG like we were standing still. 

Overall, the conference was a great experience and I am looking forward to the next one here in Oakland, from 26-28 August 2011.

Capt Demetrius Wren is SQ188's Communications Officer and is a qualified Mission Observer.

Images courtesy of Capt Demetrius Wren and Capt Noel Luneau.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mount Diablo Search

Cessna 182
By 2d Lt Patrick Bitz.

It was the type day that you’d want to be flying, low 70s with visibility improving on a late Saturday morning, October 16th.  It seemed to have all the makings of a great day for flying.  The conditions were some early autumn fog in Oakland and good conditions to the East across the foothills.

Capt Noel Luneau, MP, 2d Lt David Dunham, MO, and myself, 2d Lt Patrick Bitz, MS, met at the Squadron HQ for the preflight briefing and tabletop planning.  As quarter Grids 237A and 
237C had been preselected,  Lt Dunham and I redrew the grids with high points and prominent terrain, checked our Lat/Long points of entry, and search pattern.  We briefed time and fuel, weight and balance and weather.

Completing the Preflight Inspection
The weather briefing indicated light WNW wind, light windward up drafts and possible stronger down drafts leeward.  The plan was to safely test the actual Mt Diablo wind speed in the aircraft and manage our distance to the mountain based on the velocity.  Capt Luneau said that his turns today would always be away from the mountain and that caution would be required in the leeward side if the winds got stronger.  

The Contour search is what we planned for and to further educate, the following is a quick reference from the CAP Mission Aircrew Reference Text, Volume 2 - Mission Pilot/Mission Observer Rev. Apr 10:

Mount Diablo up close
"The contour search pattern is best adapted to searches over mountainous or hilly terrain. When using this pattern, the pilot initiates the search at the highest peak over the terrain. As in the case of mountains, the pilot flies the aircraft around the highest peak "tucked in" closely to the mountainside. As each contour circuit is completed the pilot lowers the search altitude, usually by 500 feet. While descending to a lower altitude, the pilot turns the aircraft 360ยบ in the direction opposite to the search pattern.

As you may have already gathered, the contour search pattern can be dangerous. The following must be kept in mind before and during a contour search:

• First and foremost, the pilot and crew must be qualified for mountain flying and proficient.

• The crew should be experienced in flying contour searches, well briefed on the mission procedures, and have accurate, large-scale maps indicating the contour lines of the terrain."

Odd looking ridge
After briefing with the crew, completing our Operational Risk Management matrix, and IMSAFE, we all headed out to the plane for the walk-around inspection. Winds were calm and the conditions were flawless.  Rising above Oakland looking East, no comment required, sterile cockpit, we could see and feel that we were in for a great couple of hours of proficiency flying.  The visibility was excellent as we approached Mt Diablo from the West.

Once in grid we reduced our speed to 90 knots and viewed this mighty East Bay landmark up close as we never have before.  Very good terrain contrast, green and golden, much of the foliage was sparse, allowing us to see through the trees to the floor of the mountain.  Mt. Diablo appears to have just one improved hard surface road on the western side winding to the top and meeting the observation tower.  
The sides of the mountain are sprinkled with small ranches, the access road in these areas appear marginal, and the landscape in general has very little erosion.  The North and East sides are rugged and the Southern side has a gentler slope with odd looking rocky Stonehenge like figures that are amazingly beautiful.

Returning to Oakland
We did experience some turbulence leeward but we were able to complete the contour search pattern and finish with a flight over the top and down a sloping Northern canyon ending past a rock quarry.

Capt Luneau’s MP skills gave us the confidence we needed to the enjoy this flight through amazingly rugged terrain.  After the practice search w
e headed south from Mt. Diablo to the Livermore airport for a few touch and go’s, then back to Oakland for debriefing.

The East Bay is a great place to fly, offering great terrain to practice and perfect our CAP Search skills. 

I would encourage and strongly suggest to any CAP Aircrew to practice the search patterns as often as we can.  Not only will that improve our skills, it will add to being successful within the CAP SAR expectations.

2d Lt Bitz is Squadron 188's Aerospace Education Officer and is a qualified Mission Scanner.

Images courtesy of 2d Lt Pat Bitz.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Civil Air Patrol's Gulf oil spill response featured in 'AOPA Pilot Magazine'

October 28, 2010

MISSISSIPPI -- Civil Air Patrol’s Gulf oil spill response is featured in an article written by Alton K. Marsh of AOPA Pilot Magazine. Marsh rode with a CAP aircrew as the oil spill response was winding down in early September. Click here for an online look at his “GA Serves America” feature, entitled “Above the Spill.”

Below is an official CAP video on the response provided to combat the Oil Spill.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

USAF C-5 Galaxy Orientation Ride

Reprinted by CAWG's Bear Facts Winter 2011 Edition.

On Monday, 25 October, I had the pleasure of accompanying 21 CAP Cadets from Squadrons 18, 44 and 192 along with 8 other Seniors from Group 2 on an O-Ride. We were able catch a four-hour ride on a USAF C-5 Galaxy based out of Travis AFB. We all gathered at the welcome center just outside the main gate at Travis at 0745 Hrs. We were bused as a group onto the base. We had a brief stop at the terminal building for an ID check before heading over the Wing Operations building. We had the obligatory “hurry up and wait” for 45 minutes while the flight crew pre-flighted the aircraft. A short bus ride from the Ops building to the flight line and the excitement was starting to brew!

USAF C-5 Galaxy looming large
We sat on the bus gazing at the HUGE C-5 sitting 50 yards away. The landing gear on the C-5 looks more like industrial piping with multiple wheels slapped on than actual landing gear. The cockpit sits more than two stories above the ground! Our group was loaded into a rear passenger compartment that sits on the top deck behind the wings. Isolated from the front flight deck, we received all our instructions over a loudspeaker from a very knowledgeable and very friendly Tech Sergeant/Loadmaster stationed in the far aft of our Cave. I use the word “cave” because this passenger compartment is actually an enclosed area above the cargo deck and has only four very small windows; one window located on each exterior door. Essentially, once in your seat you cannot be quite sure if you are in an aircraft or the interior of a US Navy frigate! There is no real reference to the outside world. An interesting note about the ~ 70 seats in the rear passenger compartment of the C-5 is that they face the tail of the aircraft. The only forward facing seats in the Cave are the two aft most seats occupied by the Loadmasters. That way they could keep an eye on us passengers!

Loadmaster and SQ18 Seniors
After getting all the Cadet and Seniors settled in, the Loadmaster gave us a preflight briefing and instructed us to move our seats and tray tables to the full and upright position in preparation for takeoff. We were wheels up at roughly 1015 Hrs. Without any tanks, trucks or other heavy equipment in the cargo bay, the C-5 leaped up off the runway. The mission for this flight was mid-air refueling currency for the six pilots up on the flight deck. One of the pilots was actually the Squadron Commander. Good to see he gets to keep his currency! Although regulations prevented the aircraft from actually taking on fuel while passengers are on board, each pilot had to hook up to the KC-10 and maintain the connection for a specified time before disconnecting from the refueling boom. Shortly after reaching our cruising/refueling altitude of FL200 the Loadmaster started cycling the cadets (four at a time) from our Cave, down the steep ladder, through the massive cargo bay, and back up the front ladder to the cockpit. They allowed only four cadets at a time to the cockpit with the next group of four waiting in a much smaller passenger compartment just behind the cockpit.

Maneuvering into position under the KC-10 Tanker
For those of us in the rear compartment, we could easily tell when we were in simulated refueling because even the massive C-5 would buffet and bounce in the turbulence created by the KC-10 merely 20 feet above and only barely ahead of us. The Loadmaster made sure we were all in our seatbelts during the simulated refueling, and for good reason. Not only were we bounced around due to the turbulence, but also on one occasion (and with no warning) the pilot performed what is called an “emergency breakaway.”  This interesting procedure calls for the aircraft taking on fuel (simulated in our case) to quickly and abruptly both dive toward the ground and bank away from the tanker above.

Breakaway Maneuver
Additionally after what seemed like an eternity of falling, but I am sure was no more than five or six seconds, the pilot then pulls back hard on the controls (presumably so as not to bust or perhaps get back up into the assigned block altitude) bringing the aircraft from zero or negative G’s to at least 1.5 or more G’s for a few brief seconds. If you have ever heard of NASA’s “Vomit Comet”, it gets its name for the effect on humans from performing roughly the same maneuver.  Tucked away in our Cave, with no reference to the ground or horizon outside, the pilot commenced his emergency breakaway. Before I go any further, I need to add that as part of our O-Ride the Air Force Food Services division had prepared a very nice and hearty box lunch for each of us. For a mere $4.25 we received a ham or turkey sandwich, an apple or orange, a snack bar of some sort, a snack size bag of chips and a soda.

Rear Passenger Compartment as known as the "Cave"
Of course, riding along in the Cave there is not much else to do but sleep (as many of the Cadets did), converse with CAP member sitting next to you, or eat. Well before we reached the halfway mark of our flight, most all of the lunches had been consumed in full. That having been said it was at roughly the half way mark of the flight that we experienced the unannounced emergency breakaway. I am sure you realize by now where this story is headed.. Let me just extend an enormous thanks to Capt. Tammy Sturgill for bringing a full box of gallon size zip lock bags. At the beginning of the flight, passengers in the C-5 are issued earplugs to protect their hearing. The Loadmasters on the other hand have nice David Clarks to both protect their hearing and keep in contact with the cockpit. Now I have heard that just seconds before an emergency breakaway is performed the pilot calls out on the internal comms “Breakaway! Breakaway! Breakaway!” Now I am not completely sure of this, but in the seconds before the emergency breakaway I thought I might have seen a grin on the Loadmaster’s face.

C-5 Cargo Bay
As the flight progressed, the Loadmaster continued to cycle the groups of four to and from the cockpit of the C-5. Unfortunately, the last groups up to the cockpit were of course the Seniors. What can I say is, us old guys are slow! Climbing down the long steep ladder with only one hand was a bit of a challenge; my other hand was occupied with an emergency oxygen hood we were made to carry when moving to and from the front of the aircraft. I must say it was an interesting experience trying to walk from the rear of the cargo bay to the front of the cargo bay while in the turbulence of the KC-10 tanker. The only thing I can compare it to is like trying to walk on a small boat with no handrails in very rough seas. I will also admit it was rather funny watching those in front of me attempting to walk through the cargo bay. 

Three of the Six Pilots
I was in the last group of four and by the time we made it behind the pilot’s and copilot’s seat all the refueling had been completed. I am sure it was an incredible sight, but I missed it. I did get to spend roughly five minutes kneeling just behind and to the left of the pilot’s seat. In fact, for a few minutes of my time there, there was no pilot in the seat at all! This gave me a good opportunity to snap some good shots of the panel. Many of the C-5s have been in service for 35 plus years. The C-5 we were in was the upgraded to the M model and had the newer glass panel displays. Very nice!

Just a few minutes after buckling up in my seat in the Cave, the Loadmaster announced we needed to put our seat and tray tables up in preparation for landing. On approach, we could easily hear the engines throttle back and the flaps extend. After a few moments, we heard the engines spooling up again. That’s right! Aborted Landing! Regulations prevent pilots from performing Touch-and-Go’s with passengers onboard; however, they are allowed to conduct Tactical Approaches and Aborted Landings (these maneuvers are more aggressive than the standard approach to land or go around and are used in combat situations). 

C-5 on Takeoff
Now don’t forget, we had six pilots on our flight so consequently we had to experience six Tactical Approaches and Aborted Landings; which if we were facing forward in a standard commercial airliner would have been no big deal. However, in our case, we were facing the tail, bouncing around for the previous three and a half hours and were in the Cave. Now for those of you with experience with pattern work, picture the physical forces on your body during the whole process: pitching down (leaning back in our case), deceleration, followed by abrupt pitching up (leaning forward in our case) and acceleration, then add in the rolling of the aircraft as we turn to maneuver back to the airfield to start the process all over again. Oh… and did I mention we are also in the Cave? That’s right! Break out those zip lock bags!!

Deplaning for Home
Back on the tarmac at roughly 1430 Hrs we loaded back up onto the bus for the short ride back to our vehicles just outside the front gate of the base.

Now I realize that I have made light of and focused on the harsher aspects of this unique flight. However, overall it was a very fun and enlightening experience. I am thankful for having been given the opportunity to participate in this event. I would like to thank the US Air Force, Travis AFB, and the 22nd Airlift Squadron of the 60th Air Mobility Wing for hosting this O-ride and a very special thanks to Maj Mark Fridel and 2d Lt Joanne Miles for coordinating this event.

1st Lt Chad Fisher is Squadron 188’s Search and Rescue Officer and is a qualified Mission Observer

Images courtesy of 1st Lt Chad Fischer, Capt Ken Sturgill, United States Air Force, and Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dispatch 188 - July 2010

ispatch 188

Aerospace Education Newsletter
Civil Air Patrol
Amelia Earhart Squadron 188

 July 2010

 In the News

 We have a new website!

Take a look if you haven't already. It's really great!!

 New AE Email

Please note that will no longer be used as the Squadron Aerospace  Education Email.
A new email has been established along with the new website. Please update your inboxes with this information.

 Mission Observer and Mission Scanner Ratings:

Capt Demetrius Wren Mission Observer (Pending Wing Approval)

2d Lt Mike Cao – Mission Observer

1st Lt Luis Rivas – Mission Scanner

2d Lt Doug Perreira – Mission Scanner

Congrats Guys!

53E is Back!

For those of you that are CAP pilots and are checked out in the 182 please to fly. For the rest of you can you respond with your interest level to earn you CAP pilot wings in the next month?  Jeff would like to get an idea how many pilots we have that are committed to completing a CAPF 5 in 53E in the next month.

Contact the Commander at:

Summer Events
(Don't forget to RSVP!)

USS Hornet
Alameda, CA
Apollo 11th Anniversary a “Living Ship” Event
July 24th, 10.30am
$10.00 per person (don't forget to bring a brown bag lunch!)
Please RSVP by July 10'th
Entrance fee due at time of RSVP

Coast Guard Air Station Visit and SAR Demonstration
Alameda, CA
July 29th, at 10.00am
Please RSVP by July

Chabot Space and Science Center
Oakland, CA
Saturday, August 17th at 4.30pm

Explore the Universe and Dine Under the Stars
Admission includes IMAX, Planetarium, private tour and option to stay for evening activities and telescope viewing. Make it a family event!

$12.95 per adult, $8.95 per child
RSVP by 02 August
Entrance fee due at time of RSVP

Yeager Sessions 2010

Text:  AEROSPACE, The Journey of Flight

Chapter                                      Date                                         Leader                         Email

The Rich History of Air Power

1, 2
27 Jul

10 Aug
5, 6
31 Aug

Principles of Flight & Navigation

14 Sep

The Aerospace Community


21 Sep
28 Sep

(TBD)  Lutz? Dee

Air Environment


12 Oct

(TBD) Phil?/Mike?

19 Oct


21,22,23                                 26 Oct                        Noel                               


9 Nov
To be determined

16 Nov
Roger Glenn


1-27                                         23 Nov                          Cynthia                           


1-27                                                       30 Nov                                     Cynthia and Pat                          

Local Resources Around Oakland

Hiller Aviation Museum San Carlos, CA                               (650) 654-0200
Emphasis on local aviation history, rotorcraft.  Open 7 days, 10-5.

Wings of History Museum
San Martin, CA
(408) 683-2290
Emphasis on antique aircraft and sailplanes.  Open Tu & Thu 11-3, Sa & Su 11-4.

Oakland Aviation Museum


Emphasis on preserving and presenting the East Bay's history of flight. 10am to 4pm Wed Sun

Nike Missile Site
Marin Headlands, CA
(415) 331-1453
Working restoration of a Cold-War Era missile site, open house 1st Saturday of each month,

Moffett Field Historical Society
Mountain View, CA
(650) 964-4024
Museum about Moffett, dirigibles. Open W-Sa 10-2.

Chabot Space  and Science Museum
Oakland, CA
(510) 336-7300

Planetarium at DeAnza College
Cupertino, CA
(408) 864-8814

NASA Exploration Center
Mountain View, CA

Alameda Naval Air Museum
Alameda, CA

Estrella Warbirds Association
Paso Robles, CA

San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library & Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum
San Francisco Int’l Airport, SFO, CA

Travis Air Museum
Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA

USS Hornet
Alameda, CA                                  
(510) 521-8448

Things To Look Forward To

Speakers (All Hands Meetings):

July 6th,  Andy Popenoe, on USS Hornet

August 4th, Roger Glenn, on International Space Station

Date TBA, Spacebridge

Brain Teaser
What's wrong with this statement?

After his engine died, the pilot glided to a landing on the frozen lake and taxied his plane to shore.”

(answer at bottom of page)

Random Pick from “The Private Pilot's Dictionary and


An increase in the angle of attack of an aircraft beyond the stalling angle (approx. 20 degrees) when air is no longer flowing properly over the wing surface. It creates a turbulent condition in the air above the upper surface of the wing, called a burble. When this  breaking away (burbling) of the air occurs, the plane will shudder and shake and then lose lift immediately.

(this could be an antiquated word by now but I like it!)

Answer to Brain Teaser:

How can a pilot taxi an airplane with a dead engine.