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Our Next Meeting is Saturday, June 3, 2017

Panic on the Pacific, How America Prepared for a West Coast Invasion

In this 75th anniversary of the dark days of America's entry to World War II, we continue our discussion at June's meeting with author Bill Yenne detailing the chaos that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Was the U.S. West Coast next? Was an invasion inevitable? To say America was unprepared is an understatement that many are unaware of - William Ord Ryan, commander of the IV Air Defense Command, had fewer aircraft than the Japanese used to attack Pearl Harbor and they were scattered all the way from March Field to Spokane! In his engaging style, Yenne will bring the confusion and panic of war into focus discussing how the West Coast's war industries were camouflaged, the internment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry, and the fear and paranoia that gripped the populace as well as the military leadership.

Yenne will have copies of Panic on the Pacific: How America Prepared for the West Coast Invasion available for purchase at the meeting.

Please join us Saturday, June 3, and remember to bring a friend!

Date/Time: June 3, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pleasant Hill, CA

Cost: Member - $30 per person.

Non-Member - $35 per person.


Buffett Entrees include: Award-Winning Pork Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket, and BBQ Chicken

Sides include: Caesar Salad with Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Fruit Salad, Country Potato Salad, Texas Style BBQ Beans, and Ranch Rolls

Dessert: Cookies and Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Beverages: Soda, tea, and fresh-brewed Coffee included.

***There will be a no-host bar available***

Select from the small arrows on the right near the price and click on the "Add to Cart" button below to make reservations via PayPal or see below for check instructions.

               BBQ Buffet

At the request of our bank, please make checks payable to Society for Aviation History (not SAH). Please send check to: SAH, P.O. Box 7081, San Carlos, CA 94070 RSVP: Reservations must be received by Tuesday Nov. 29th. No menu choice is required for this lunch.

Note: If you can't make it and have already placed your reservation, we must receive notice by May 30th or we will be unable to give you a refund. Reservations made after May 30th, or arriving without a reservation will cost $50. You must pay to attend.

Please Read the FINE PRINT: Please do not arrive earlier than 11:15 a.m. There have been some problems with restaurant staff having to work around attendees while they are setting up the room, causing delays in setup. There is an elevator to the second floor banquet room - it is around the right side of the stairs. If you arrive late, parking may be an issue - so you may have to park on the street and hoof it. Buffett is all-you-can-eat, but no doggie bags. Come hungry. Bring a friend.

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Our April 8, 2017 Meeting

Certifying the Red Bull-Stratos Capsule for the Record Jump


At the April meeting Robert A. Rowe talked about his experiences on the Red Bull-Stratos supersonic freefall experiment team. Rowe was responsible for certifying the Red Bull-Stratos capsule to an altitude of 123,000 feet to ensure it was safe for Felix Baumgartner to make his October 14, 2012, record-setting parachute jump from 127,852.4 feet.

Rowe is uniquely qualified to pass judgment on all things high altitude as he's spent a lot of time above 60,000 feet. He graduated from the USAF Academy in 1979, eighth out of his class of 902 cadets - and was the only triple major (Operations Research, Aeronautics, and Mathematics). From 1986 to 1989, he flew the U-2 from Beale AFB, Calif., before attending and graduating from the USAF Test Pilot School. In 1993, he transferred to the Air Force Reserve and while continuing to serve began his civilian test pilot flying career, first with McDonnell Douglas on the C-17. Later that year he joined Lockheed and from 1997 to 2016 served as the company's Chief U-2 Test Pilot - he's the world's high-time U-2 pilot with 5,327 hours in type.

Rowe's time in pressure suits at high altitude made him the go-to man to judge the safety and airworthiness of the Red Bull-Stratos capsule and Baumgartner's pressure suit. Rowe tested both capsule and pressure suit at the Wyle altitude facility in San Antonio, Texas, and was there for every step of the certification.

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About our last meeting, Feb 4, 2017

Airborne Science: At the controls of NASA's Flying Telescope

The Society for Aviation History held its first general meeting of 2017 on Feb. 4 at the Moffett Field Museum. Our guest speaker, NASA pilot Emmanuel E. "Manny" Antimisiaris, captivated our group with his fascinating talk that chronicled his Air Force and commercial airline careers, highlighted a few current NASA programs, and presented an overview of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). His SOFIA discussion described the modified Boeing 747SP (Special Performance) aircraft, the German-built infrared (IR) telescope, types of research missions flown, and his duties as "bus driver" (his candid characterization) flying the missions.

Antimisiaris is a 10,000+ flying hour research pilot and navigator in the Flight Crew Branch of the Flight Operations Directorate at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. An employee of NASA contractor Integration, Innovation, Inc. (i3-Corps), Antimisiaris is one of the pilots of the highly modified Boeing 747SP that serves as the platform for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, flying observatory. He also flies NASA Armstrong's Beechcraft B200 mission navigator on the NASA's DC-8 airborne science flying laboratory.

SOFIA flies 10-hour missions, overnight, conducting astrophysics missions studying star formation, planets, comets, the black hole at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, astrochemistry, and much more. SOFIA is fitted with a 2.5-meter telescope and seven instruments that collect data at infrared wavelengths.

Before joining NASA, Antimisiaris flew various aircraft for several airlines, including 747s for Southern Air Transport, DC-8 and DC-9 aircraft for Airborne Express, 737s for American Airlines, the LR-45 for Flexjet, and A-320s for JetBlue Airways.

Antimisiaris was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force through the Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1983. His initial assignment was as a navigator on B-52 bombers. He was selected for undergraduate pilot training in 1988 and returned to the B-52 as a pilot. He also flew the E-3 AWACS on more than 40 combat support missions during Desert Storm.

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum, Mountain View

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