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August 30, 2021

The Society for Aviation History will not be able to safely hold an October 2021 General Meeting.
We are however making plans to have a General Meeting in December on the 11th, 2021.

Hello SAH members:
We sincerely hope this finds you and your families well during these challenging times.
Clearly the last 18 months have been an unprecedented time for all. But early this summer with the pandemic appearing to get more under control, we hoped, and planned, for a return to the in-person SAH lunch meetings that we all enjoy so much. Our October meeting would have been outdoors and we were all very much looking forward to it.
But the delta variant's spread since then has made many of us return to the protections we had hoped were behind us. And at our last SAH Board meeting we felt the need to cancel the October meeting in the interest of safety for all.
But we do hope that things again will improve and therefore are planning to hold a meeting in December. This pandemic is clearly a time for making plans that can be altered if needed, but we sure hope these plans can stick!
We also have another SAH newsletter heading your way shortly.
As always, please do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support of SAH. Especially now.
Kind regards,
SAH Board of Directors

November - December 2020


Please join the Society For Aviation History in helping Second Harvest of Silicon Valley raise much needed funds to respond to a record level of local food insecurity. Together, we can ensure that the 500,000 people relying on the food bank every month receive the groceries they need over the holidays.

Donations are being accepted now through December 27th.

To donate, click the link below:

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley - Society For Aviation History

Your gift of any size provides a nutritious mix of fresh produce, protein and pantry items so that local families can enjoy delicious, comforting meals together.

Every $1 provides enough food for 2 meals.

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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