Former F-100 drivers (along with many other aircraft), current volunteers at the Palm Springs Air Museum
“The ‘Hun’: North American F-100 Super Sabre”
The North American F-100 Super Sabre was an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1971. The first of the Century Series of USAF jet fighters, it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight. This fascinating program will cover the Hun’s early development and its many varied missions from the Cold War, the Thunderbirds, and Vietnam. All told by the pilots that actually flew these missions.Find out more »
“ Dozing for Dollars or How I Flew to Tokyo and Learned to Love the Bunk”
Former airline captain Gregg Hurt details his journey from the Cessna 172 to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
La Quinta resident, Gregg Hurt, flew for 42 years as first an Air Force Pilot and subsequently for Continental Airlines. His distinguished background includes flying numerous high ranking military and civilian passengers as part of the Presidential Airlift Wing and becoming one of the longest serving Check Airmen at CAL. As the Senior Check Airman in the Initial Cadre of Boeing 787 Instructors, he had the privilege of introducing the Dreamliner to America’s skies.
Gregg is an active golfer and saltwater fly fisherman and has been a resident here in the a Coachella Valley for a year and a half.Find out more »
“A British Teenager’s WWII Experience”
A Senior Professional and Technical Officer (Electrical and Mechanical) with the British Government for over 40 years, Mick was born and raised in Norfolk, England. In 1943 at age 14, he commenced work as an apprentice Electrician at RAF Wendling for the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force 392d Bombardment Group’s B-24 Liberators for the duration of the War in Europe.Find out more »
“Cold War Missile Countermeasures”
Countermeasures for the SA-2 Missile were developed in the late 1960s. Drawing from personal experiences, Dr. Groves will discuss some of the interesting challenges of protecting aircraft from the Russian SA-2.Find out more »
“Flight Range Extension, A Novel Approach”
Dr. Page attended medical school at the University of Miami on a US Navy Scholarship and then completed his internship and residency at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California. Dr. Page served 29 years in the United States Navy. He started his private practice in Coachella Valley in 1983.
An avid pilot (ATP-multi engine license), Dr. Page has logged over 4,000 hours. He is also a flight instructor for single and multi-engine airplanes and helicopters. He holds CFII (ASMEL/HELO).Find out more »
“Anticipating the Unexpected: Inside an Airline Incident”
Born & raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Capt. Barry Steiner is a pilot’s pilot. After nearly a decade flying for the US Navy, Barry transitioned to the airlines where he flew just about everything Boeing. Recently retired with over 22,000 hours, he spent the last ten years as a flight instructor for Boeing, training pilots on the B-777 and B-787.Find out more »
“Glory Days of the Pan Am Clipper Fleet”
Boeing’s 314 Clippers attracted the elite travelers headed for China, Japan, and other exotic lands of the “Orient”. Everything was first class and the talk of the town. This fascinating story is rapidly being lost in the history books. Come hear Blaine talk about what it was like to witness the dawn of the age first hand!Find out more »
“Aerial Law Enforcement in Riverside County”
Stanley Sniff, Jr. has served as the 13th Sheriff of Riverside County since October 2, 2007. The Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department was created in 1893 and is the third largest Sheriff ’s Department in California with 4,600 full-time staff and over 1,600 volunteers. He oversees countywide patrol operations, jail operations, court security and coroner investigations. The department has an operating budget of nearly 700 million dollars for the current fiscal year.
Sheriff Sniff has over 38 years of law enforcement experience and is the eldest grandson of one of the pioneering date and citrus families of the Coachella Valley and grew up in the Indio area. His father, the late Stan Sr., served 25 years as a La Quinta City Councilman. He joined the Coachella Police Department in 1975 after graduation from the San Bernardino Sheriff ’s Academy and then transferred to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1979, initially assigned to the Indio Station, serving across the Coachella Valley.
A retired colonel in the Army Reserve, Stanley Sniff was commissioned as an Armor officer out of the OCS program in 1973 at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA. He served 30 years in a variety of military staff and command assignments in infantry, armor and cavalry units.Find out more »
“The Medicine of Mental Imagery — Undoing the Link Between Stress and Illness”
Old Bold Pilots member Loretta M. Siani holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Pepperdine University. She is also the published author of four books and many guided imagery sessions on Amazon and Audible.com. Through her company Visionary Communications, Loretta has a private practice in which she uses deep focused relaxation to help people undo the inner obstacles that prevent them from maximizing their talent and from living a more empowered, purposeful life.
In this talk participants learn:
- That the mind doesn’t know the difference between imagination or reality.
- The role of the hypothalamus and the fight or flight syndrome.
- The function of the mind in creating, solving and transcending problems
- The use of imagery as medicine to undo stress and promote emotional and physical well being.
“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 »