“Flying Jets in Vietnam”
Lt. Suckow served in the US Navy from 1964 to 1971 where he flew, T-34 Mentors, T-2 Buckeyes, F-9 Cougars, F-11 Tigers in the training command. Operationally, he flew A-4 Skyhawks, A-6 Intruders, T-1Traders, T-2 Greyhounds and TC4C Academe aircraft for the Navy. He completed close to 200 cat launches and carrier landings on the USS Lexington CVA 16, USS Bon Homme Richard CVA 31, USS Ranger CVA CVA 61, USS Constellation CVA 64 and had combat flying experience in the Vietnam era, 1967 and 1969. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation and the usual Vietnam Vet awards.
Currently, Lt. Suckow keeps himself out of trouble by doing Docent duties on the USS Hornet CVM 12 and the Moffett Field Historical Society. We are delighted to have him as our speaker for June!Find out more »
“Behind the Mic: Our partnership for safety with SoCal Tracon”
Certified Professional Controller Rob Reddeg has been working with pilots for over 15 years. After serving in the US Navy as a controller both on the USS John C Stennis (CVN-74) and at NAS North Island, Reddeg joined the FAA.
As the SOCAL TRACON National Air Traffic Controllers Association Safety and Procedures team lead, Rob’s mission is to educate pilots on the rapidly evolving technology, staffing, and procedures that can contribute to a major gap between the pilot and controller expectations.
Come hear how we as users of the SOCAL TRACON airspace can leverage best practices to continue to keep this one of the safest regions in the National Airspace System, even with SOCAL TRACON working over 2.2 million aircraft in 2015!Find out more »
Professional aerial stuntman, skydiver and inventor
“Life Outside of Operating Limitations”
The name Troy Hartman is practically synonymous with the term “aerial stuntman”. Troy is credited with undisputedly the largest variety of grand scale aerial stunts performed by any stuntman. While most people would call him a daredevil, Troy denounces the moniker, making it clear that he takes “carefully calculated risks” instead. Troy began his professional career five days after graduating high school when he entered the Air Force Academy. From there, his flirtation with the skies literally took off. After the Air Force, Troy received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering while moonlighting on the weekends as an aerobatics flight instructor and skysurfer. Troy became the premier skysurfer in the world, winning the inaugural ESPN X-Games Gold Medal in the sport. Troy’s skysurfing skills opened the door to Hollywood where he starred in numerous television and film projects. You might remember Troy from Pepsi’s famed “Goose” commercial for the 1998 Super Bowl or MTV’s hit series Senseless Acts of Video. Troy is no stranger to the television camera, hosting many shows on networks such as ABC, Discovery, FOX, NBC, USA, TLC, WB, MTV and ESPN. We are very excited to host him at this year’s April meeting!Find out more »
Co-Founders Kim Sandmann, Alexander Dobrecevic, and Peni Nelson will take us on a journey of discovery as we learn about the great Jackie Cochran and how her passion for aviation is inspiring a bright future for the youth of the Coachella Valley and beyond.Find out more »
“Loss of Contact…Analysis of the Columbia Accident”Find out more »
“Inside the SAS”
Little was known about the secretive work of the SAS in warfare and in the relentless, global fight against terrorism until Dr Horsfield’s new documentary series on the history of the regiment. As one of America’s closest allies, this special Australian Regiment has also fought in successful cooperation with US special forces in Vietnam and in Afghanistan. Dr. Horsfield will preview his new series and discuss some of the remarkable and audacious actions taken by these Australian military operatives.Find out more »
“Today’s US airline industry and the future of KPSP”
Come meet the man responsible for the operation, safety, and security of our local airport. Tom Nolan has managed Palm Springs International Airport (KPSP) since 2007. Having managed seven airports over his 30 year career, Tom has a wide and diverse experience. This career began in 1985 at Milwaukee’s Mitchell field.
Mr. Nolan is a private pilot and resides in Palm Desert with his wife and five children.Find out more »
“My Experiences in Today’s Navy: Its missions and strategies”
Currently serving as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Facility, El Centro, California, Captain Doster is a unique, US Naval officer. He has served in both submarine and carrier branches, wearing both the gold-dolphin and wings insignia. He has flown combat missions in Iraq and served as Air Boss aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). As a pilot, he has accrued 2700 flight hours and 450 arrested landings on 10 carriers.Find out more »
“Air War Korea: F-86 Sabre”
Another war after the nation was just getting over WW2, the Korean conflict was to usher in the first war of the jet age. The F-86 Sabre went head to head with the superior Mig 15. Blaine will talk about how American pilots although outgunned, using training and tactics won back air superiority for the NATO Allies.Find out more »
September, 2015 Meeting: “History on Our Doorstep: The Palm Desert Airport and the Desert Air Hotel”
“History on Our Doorstep: The Palm Desert Airport and the Desert Air Hotel”
Mr. Burks enthralled us in 2014 with his interesting look at the history of the Salton Sea. He’s back to talk about the little known airport and hotel that was the fly-in social center of the desert, now Rancho Mirage. Sid is a master at reconstructing the past and bringing it to life. You won’t want to miss it.Find out more »
Kim is a talented film maker who has edited, produced, and directed several important aviation movies including her latest production “Flying the Feathered Edge”, the life and times of famed aviator Bob Hoover. Bob Hoover himself has said about the movie “‘Flying the Feathered Edge’ captures my life story in an authentic and accurate way. I don’t know how it could have been done any better.”Find out more »