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February 2019

February, 2019 Meeting: CHP Air Operations at TRM

February 28 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Sgt Mark Cannon, CHP

CHP Air Operations at TRM

The History of the California Highway Patrol Air Operations located at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, California and what the unit has evolved into today.

Sergeant Mark Cannon has many stories to tell about his experiences in law enforcement and in air operations serving our state. He is a 34-year veteran of the CHP, a fixed-wing pilot, Aerial Supervisor, and founding member at the CHP Thermal Air Operations unit.

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March 2019

March, 2019 Meeting: The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422

March 28 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Mark Carlson

The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422

The last great secret of World War II–for more than seventy years, the true account of the worst non-combat loss of a Marine fighter squadron has been suppressed and ignored. Now, the story can be told.

After four years of research, interviews with veterans, and study of previously classified, official documents, aviation historian Mark Carlson has uncovered what happened to VMF-422 on a seemingly calm day over the south Pacific on a routine ferry flight from Tarawa to Funafuti. They were intended to join the huge campaign to invade the Marshall Islands, but instead were thrust into the core of a tragedy that has entered history as the Flintlock Disaster.

Mark Carlson, author of three books and over two hundred articles, presents the gripping saga of how twenty-three young Marine pilots were faced with bad leadership, the fury of nature, and the heavy hand of fate in a desperate fight for survival in the Pacific War. With rare wartime photos and a gripping narrative, Carlson will tell you what really happened.

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April 2019

April, 2019 Meeting: USS Midway: Surprises, Milestones & Disasters

April 25 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Captain Douglas J. Bradt, U.S. Navy (Retired)

USS Midway: Surprises, Milestones & Disasters

The USS Midway, America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier, had its share of hair-raising missions, pranks, heartbreaking disasters, and remarkable accomplishments. Shared by about 150,000 sailors whose average age was only 19, “Midway Magic” became famous throughout the Navy.

Captain Bradt’s USN (ret.) illustrious career spanned over three decades and included Staff Tours at the Naval Academy and Naval Staff College, serving aboard the USS Independence, and four combat Command Tours.

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