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Society for Aviation History

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

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Our Next Meeting: April 1, 2023

Flying to Paradise: The Evolution of Travel to Hawaii


Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and its proximity to the U.S. West Coast has made it a favorite travel destination. In the 1930s, steaming across the Pacific Ocean on the Matson liner SS Lurline was the way to go. During the second half of that decade, Juan Trippe's Pan American World Airways was pioneering trans-Pacific travel with its Boeing 314s, Martin M-130s, and Sikorsky S-42 flying boats. Air travel to Hawaii came into its own in the years following World War II with the introduction of the DC-4 and D-6, followed by Boeing 377 Stratocruiser the ultimate in piston-powered airliner luxury.

Geoff Alexander, author of America Goes Hawaiian, will be on hand to detail how travel to the islands evolved and our fascination with all things Hawaii. Alexander is the author of two books on cinema and has written on musical subjects ranging from jazz history to flamenco. He is the founder and director of the Academic Film Archive of North America, in San Jose, California, the first archive solely dedicated to the history, preservation, and scholarship of the classroom educational film.

Remember to bring a friend!

**COVID Precautions**

The meeting will be conducted under Alameda 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: April 1, 2023

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

                Pleasanton, CA  (Note: Not Pleasant Hill)

Cost: Member - $42 per person.

Non-Member - $47 per person.


Please choose One:

Rigatoni Napoletano chicken, spinach, creamy marinara
Bolognese ragu of pork & beef, pappardelle, ricotta

Side Ceaser Salad

Plus Dessert of Tiramisu espresso, lady fingers, mascarpone cheese

***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.

                Rigatoni Napoletano Chicken
     Bolognese Ragu of Pork & Beef

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 5344, Petaluma, CA. 94955

RSVP: Reservations must be received by Tuesday, March 28. You can pay via PayPal or send a check made payable to Society for Aviation History, not SAH. Reservations made after the deadline, or arriving without a reservation, will cost $50. You must pay to attend meetings even if you don't plan on eating

Cancellation Note: If you can't make it and have already placed your reservation, we must receive notice by March 28, or we will not be able to provide a refund as we have already given our reservation to the venu.

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Our Feb. 4, 2023 Meeting

Chris Farinha: On the Winning Team

Held at the Back Forty Texas Barbeque in Pleasant Hill, our February speaker was Chris Farinha, 17,000-hour professional flight engineer and crew chief and air racing team co-owner. Chris was on the Rare Bear crew from 2007 to 2012, when the highly modified Bearcat was winning the Unlimited Gold race at speeds near 480 mph. He was crew chief of Yak-3U SteadFast in 2006, and crew chief of Critical Mass from 1996 to 2003.

During his T-6 racing days he served as crew chief of Kitchen Pass (2003) and Yankee Air Pirate (1996).

Farinha got his start in the biplane class crewing for Earl Allen and Don Beck from 1980 to 1985. In 1987 and 1988 he was crew chief, co-owner, and alternate pilot of Race 21 Southern Air Transport flown by Earl Allen. This was the first Reno Air Racer sponsored by an airline, and they flew to a second-place finish in 1987 (179 mph) and fourth 1988 (171 mph). He continued to crew for the Legal Eagle biplane team through 1994.

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