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Society for Aviation History

P.O. Box 5344, Petaluma, CA. 94955

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Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 5, 2022

Ultimate Pilot: Vicky Benzing


The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association magazine described Vicky Benzing as: "... an aerobatic contest winner, airshow star, air race champion, and pilot of everything from gliders to jets. Benzing will be our guest on Saturday, Feb. 5, where she'll describe her airshow, Sport and Jet class air racing, and aerobatic careers. She qualified for the 2015 Jet races at an average speed of 469.831 mph making her the "fastest woman racer" in the sport.

In 2019, Benzing acquired Clay Lacy's purple P-51D Mustang (44-74423, N64CL, Miss Van Nuys) that is nearing the end of its rebuild, and she's planning an airshow aerobatic routine that will debut, most likely, during the 2023 season.

With more than 9000 hours of flight time and over 1300 parachute jumps, she has a passion for everything airborne. Her flying career has spanned more than 30 years and she currently holds an airline transport pilot rating as well as a commercial rating in helicopters, seaplanes, and gliders.

**COVID Precautions**

The February meeting will be conducted under Santa Clara County's COVID restrictions as mandated on the day of the meeting. Please be prepared to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination.

Date/Time: Feb. 5, 2022

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

Mountain View, CA (Not Moffett Field)

Cost: Member - $40 per person.

Non-Member - $45 per person.


Entrees: (Select One):

Roast Beef, au jus
Salmon filet with herb butter sauce
Three Cheese Ravioli in Basil Marinara Sauce (Vegetarian)

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Sides include: Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Steamed Vegetables in a garlic butter sauce

Dessert: Ice Cream or Chocolate Mousse

Beverages: Coffee, Hot Tea, and Iced Tea

***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.

               Roast Beef, au jus
               Salmon Filet
               Three Cheese Ravioli

At the request of our bank, please make checks payable to Society for Aviation History (not SAH). Please send your check to our NEW ADDRESS: SAH, P.O. Box 5344, Petaluma, CA. 94955

RSVP: Reservations must be received by Tuesday February 1.

Note: If you can't make it and have already placed your reservation, we must receive notice by February 1 or we will be unable to give you a refund. Reservations made after February 1, or arriving without a reservation will cost $50. You must pay to attend.

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Our last meeting was Saturday, December 11, 2021

Shot Down: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder

The Society for Aviation History held its much delayed first meeting of 2021 on Dec. 11, at Back Forty Texas BBQ in Pleasant Hill. This was also the first meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic forced a halt to such in-person affairs. Hard to believe our last meeting was in February 2020, twenty-two long months ago. Our guest speaker for the meeting was author Steve Snyder who presented selections from his book Shot Down, the true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 "Susan Ruth"

Steve Snyder, son of Howard Snyder, described his father's World War II odyssey as a pilot. The elder Snyder flew the B-17 Susan Ruth, named for his daughter, with the 8th Air Force's 306th Bomb Group based at Thurleigh, England. Snyder's Susan Ruth was downed during a mission to bomb Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 8, 1944, and Shot Down tells Howard Snyder's story of service, combat, and life with the underground and resistance. Author Snyder related how his wife encouraged him to try and find the German pilots of the FW-190s that shot down his father's plane, which he did and was able to travel to Germany and meet with them and hear their reflections of the events of that day. The Belgian town near where the plane crashed also dedicated a memorial to the crew in 1959. Both father and son Snyders were able to attend and meet many of the locals who took part in the events of 1944. Shot Down is the recipient of more than 20 national book awards.

Your 2022 Board of Directors L to R: Presient Dave Osgood, VP Nick Veronico, Directors Betty Veronico,
Ron Strong, Roger Cain, Secretary Ron Close, Treasurer Dan Morgan, and director Byron May. Absent is director Alice Hendricks.

Our Saturday, February 1, 2020 Meeting

B-24 Liberators of the Indian Air Force

2020 SAH President Dave Osgood and Anandeep Pannu

The Society for Aviation History's first general meeting of 2020 was held February 1st at the Back Forty Texas BBQ restaurant in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Society President Dave Osgood explained the meeting agenda would run in reverse order because of unforeseen time constraints. Therefore, the crowd favorite buffet lunch was served immediately, followed by our guest speakers presentation. Member announcements, trivia quiz, and prizes closed out the meeting.

Following the hearty lunch, Osgood introduced Anandeep Pannu, a lifelong aviation enthusiast, historian, and pilot (warbirds, gliders, and competitive aerobatics just to name a few.) This was a fascinating story of how a newly independent nation and a nascent Indian aircraft industry, using its experiences gained during World War II, resurrected a force of 43 B-24Js - giving the Indian Air Force the largest force of heavy bombers in the region. The B-24 served for 20 years (till 1968) with the Indian Air Force in the conventional bombing and maritime patrol roles. The story of their service, the squadrons, and the men who flew them were revealed in this talk.

Anandeep Pannu is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and has been an aviation enthusiast all his life. Anandeep grew up an Air Force brat. His father, a career Indian Air Force pilot instilled a love for "stick and rudder" aviation and the quest for mastery by example. The sounds he grew up with ranged from the putt-putt of small trainers, to the growl of large radials to the scream of jet engines. There were other members of his family who inspired him as well - they included a decorated World War II fighter pilot who flew Hawker Hurricanes in Burma, a Navy carrier-based jet pilot, and an Army helicopter pilot. Anandeep has the good fortune to fly a wide variety of aircraft including sailplanes, aerobatic airplanes, bush planes, Light Sport Aircraft, experimental aircraft, sea planes, glass panel aircraft and warbirds. Anandeep is part owner of a North American T-6G that he flies regularly, and as pilot with the Collings Foundations flies the B-24, B-17, and B-25.

Our February Meeting was held at the Back Forty Texas BBQ in Pleasant Hill.

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