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November 2018

November, 2018 Meeting: Pan Am Africa Ltd.

November 29 @ 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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Pete Fleury

Pan American Airways Africa Ltd (1941-1942)

Pete Fleury spent more than 20 years flying for the US Army and Army National Guard, including 2 tours in Vietnam. His aerospace career spanned 26 years with Rockwell International and the Boeing Company, modernizing military aircraft in service worldwide. Helicopter qualifications include the CH-47 Chinook, UH-1 Iroquois, OH-58, OH-13, and OH-23. Airplane qualifications include Cessna 150, Piper PA-28, and Mooney M-20E, with IFR certification.

Pan American formed a subsidiary, contracted by the US and British governments, in mid 1941 to develop an air transport network across middle Africa to Cairo to resupply British combat units engaged with German ground and air forces. Pan Am further ferried US military lend lease aircraft from the US to Africa, Pakistan, and China. More than 1000 American men were thus engaged in WWII before Pearl Harbor and the formal US entry into the war.

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October 2018

October, 2018 Meeting: WWII Background Stories—Bong, McGuire and Lindbergh

October 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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Lt. Col. Blaine Mack, US Army (Ret.)

“WWII Background Stories of Dick Bong, Tommy McGuire and Charles Lindbergh”

Blaine Mack holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Oregon State University and a Master of Education degree in Music from Lewis & Clark College.

He entered the U.S. Army at Santa Ana Army Air Base as an Aviation Cadet April 10, 1943, graduating February 8, 1944 at Luke Field, Arizona, at the age of 19, where he received his coveted wings and his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, becoming the youngest pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force.

He served 16 months in the Aleutian Islands flying P-38s, first with the 11th Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group, before being transferred to the group headquarters, where he completed his tour as Group Operations Officer.

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September 2018

September, 2018 Meeting: “Top Gun” Behind the Scenes

September 27 @ 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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Admiral Pete Pettigrew USN (Ret.)

Top Gun (1985) Behind the Scenes

“…you’re making a mistake with that… older man…”

Vietnam War veteran, Rear Admiral Pete “Viper” Pettigrew was a Top Gun instructor and the technical advisor for the Tom Cruise hit Top Gun, as well as being the guy in the bar that Kelly McGillis was sitting with after Maverick’s “You Lost that Lovin’ Feeling”.

RADM Kenneth “Pete” W. Pettigrew is a native of Glencoe, Illinois. He graduated from Stanford University in June 1964, under the Regular NROTC Program with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science. He reported to flight training in November, 1964 and was designated a naval aviator in June 1966.

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June 2018

June, 2018 Meeting: “Sneaky peaks and foggy vision: what they tell us about who decides to land under IFR conditions”

June 28 @ 7:15 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Dr. Quinn Kennedy

Sneaky peaks and foggy vision: Who decides to land in IMC

Dr. Kennedy will describe recent studies conducted at the Stanford University/VA Aviation Research Lab that have investigated how pilot age, expertise, and visual function influence the decision to land under simulated IFR weather conditions.

Dr. Quinn Kennedy received a PhD in Psychology as well as completing postdoctoral training at Stanford University. Dr. Kennedy conducts behavioral science research that investigates a variety of individual difference factors that affect aviator decision making and performance, such as expertise, risk perception, cognitive ability, and visual scan patterns. Her work with the Stanford/VA Aviation Research Lab has informed public policy regarding the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots as well as recommended guidelines for older pilots.

Dr. Kennedy is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Research Fellowship, Margret M. Baltes Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the National Institute of Health Research Minority Supplement Grant Award. With her collaborators, her work has received media attention from Channel 2 news, APA Monitor, Aviation Week, NPR, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Science.

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May 2018

May, 2018 Meeting: “8th Air Force Berlin Bombing Missions of 1944”

May 31 @ 7:15 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Mark Copeland
Former President, 8th Air Force Historical Society

“8th Air Force Berlin Bombing Missions of 1944”

Mark Copeland presents unrevealed details of the 8th AF bombing raids into Germany in 1944 and 1945 based on his private interviews with veteran crews. His stories were acquired through years of dedication to them and the 8th Air Force Historical Society, where he has served as the National President, Board Member and as an Honorary Life Member. He serves on the Executive Committee of the 100th Bomb Group Foundation, is a Historical Consultant for five international war historical museums and is the Chief Historical Consultant for Military Gallery. He has published dozens of articles for aviation magazines and historical groups. He serves as a Program Director for aviation operations near Minneapolis.

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April 2018

April, 2018 Meeting: On the Ground at Hamburger Hill

April 26 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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LTC Dan Bresnahan, US Army Ret.

“On the Ground at Hamburger Hill”

Following March’s presentation by award-winning author Lew Jennings, OBP Board Member Lt Col. Dan Bresnahan shares his harrowing experience as one of the few airborne infantry platoon leaders to have survived 11 assaults on Hamburger Hill.

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March 2018

March, 2018 Meeting: The Battle for Hamburger Hill

March 29 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Major Lew Jennings, US Army Ret.

“The Battle for Hamburger Hill (Hill 937): May 10-20, 1969”

Award-winning author Lew Jennings will share his first-hand experience of supporting the 101st Airborne on Hamburger Hill as a Cobra Gunship pilot. His thrilling stories will immerse you into the harrowing experience of helicopter combat. Lew completed 726 combat missions in one tour, receiving three DFCs for valor.

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February 2018

February, 2018 Meeting: Tales from the Royal Canadian Air Force

February 22 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Major Bill March, RCAF

“Tales from the Royal Canadian Air Force”

Major Bill March will fly in from Trenton Air Base, Canada to share stories about the people, events, and aircraft that helped shape the service during its illustrious history.

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January 2018

January, 2018 Meeting: “The Secret War During Vietnam”

January 25 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Brigadier General Jim Greshik, USAF (Ret)

“The Secret War During Vietnam”

Brigadier General Jim Greshik USAF Ret will share his harrowing stories of a FAC in Vietnam and other places undocumented. Serving three tours in Vietnam flying the KC-135 air refueling tanker and the O-2A aircraft while performing the night forward air controller mission in Laos, he flew a total of 243 combat missions, accumulating nearly 900 hours combat time. By the end of his military career, he was a Command Pilot with 4,600 hours of flying time in a variety of aircraft (KC-135A/E/R, O-2A, OV-10, OA-37, A-10A). His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with three devices, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 12 devices, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, among numerous others.

Known as the Secret War among the CIA Special Activities Division and Hmong veterans of the conflict, The Laotian Civil War was fought between the Communist Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao Government, with both sides receiving heavy external support in a proxy war between the global Cold War superpowers. The Kingdom of Laos was a covert theatre for other belligerents during the Vietnam War.

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December 2017

December, 2017 Meeting: “8th Air Force Berlin Bombing Missions of 1944”

December 28, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Mark Copeland
Former President, 8th Air Force Historical Society

“8th Air Force Berlin Bombing Missions of 1944”

Mark Copeland presents unrevealed details of the 8th AF bombing raids into Germany in 1944 and 1945 based on his private interviews with veteran crews. His stories were acquired through years of dedication to them and the 8th Air Force Historical Society, where he has served as the National President, Board Member and as an Honorary Life Member. He serves on the Executive Committee of the 100th Bomb Group Foundation, is a Historical Consultant for five international war historical museums and is the Chief Historical Consultant for Military Gallery. He has published dozens of articles for aviation magazines and historical groups. He serves as a Program Director for aviation operations near Minneapolis.

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November 2017

November, 2017 Meeting: “The Life and Times of Triple Ace Robin Olds”

November 30, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Christina Olds
Author, Historian

“The Life and Times of Triple Ace Robin Olds”

The daughter of BG Robin Olds, Christina Olds published his memoirs Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of a Legendary Ace Robin Olds in 2010. The book became a national bestseller, heralded by reviewers and readers as an exceptionally literary and lyrical biography. Ms. Olds is now working on her second book, the story of her grandfather Major General Robert Olds, an instrumental leader in the development of early air power and the U.S. Air Force. She is also writing and narrating a documentary on her father’s WWII experience, in partnership with the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum.

fighter pilot Robin Olds

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