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PO. Box 7081 San Carlos, CA 94070

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Our Next Meeting is Saturday, April 7th, 2018

David Finnern - Exploring Aviation's Lost History

Award-winning writer, photographer and underwater explorer David Finnern has spent more than 35 years searching for shipwrecks and submerged ruins. He has published hundreds of stories on underwater exploration, and has written on-assignment for such magazines as Skin Diver, Western and Eastern Treasures, Wreck Diver, Underwater USA, Western Diver and Immersed. He has also investigated land sites, such as lost aircraft and ghost ports, and written stories on other topics which have appeared in such publications as Nevada Magazine, The Orange County Register, and Adventure West.

Finnern is the author of several books, including the critically-acclaimed Passage Through Deep Waters, The Sport Diver's Guide to Sunken Treasure, and Lost Below, which chronicles some of the most intriguing shipwrecks, sunken aircraft, submerged ruins and undersea treasures in the Southwest. He has been a featured speaker at various functions throughout the United States and has appeared as a guest and on-air technical consultant on national and international television. He is a member and former president of both The Adventurers' Club and California Wreck Divers, Inc., and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society in 2002.

On April 7, Finnern will present Exploring Aviation's Lost History, where he will relate the stories behind aircraft losses ranging from a Dehavilland DH-4 biplane to the X-15 rocket plane, as well as iconic aircraft such as a sunken World War II-era Corsair, TBM Avengers that crashed and sank, a P-40 Warhawk, a B-24 Liberator bomber, and a P-39 Airacobra, in locales ranging from the deep sea and treacherous mountains to blazing deserts.

See you in April and remember to bring a friend!

Date/Time: April 7, 2018

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 April 3. 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 April 3 or we will be unable to give you a refund. Reservations made after April 3, 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 February 3, 2018 Meeting

State of the B-17 World - Update

Speaker Scott Thompson (left) with Bill Larkins, author of San Francisco Bay Area Aviation, with President Rick Turner. Larkins' book is used as a thank you to our presenters.

The Society for Aviation History's first general meeting of 2018 was held Feb. 3, at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Redwood City, California. Incoming President Rick Turner opened the meeting by introducing our 2018 Board of Directors: Vice President Ron Close, Secretary Betty Veronico, Treasurer Dan Morgan, along with Directors Roger Cain, Byron May, Dave Osgood, Ron Strong and Nick Veronico. Outgoing president Veronico received a warm round of applause acknowledging his years of dedicated SAH leadership. In his new position as director-at-large, Veronico faces new challenges with "increasing responsibilities," as well as his continued duty as Program Director.

The B-17 Flying Fortress remains a popular warbird for both the general public and aircraft enthusiasts. And, it also is well represented these days with about 48 existent airframes, 10 of which remain in airworthy condition, and another two dozen on accessible static display.

There are another nine B-17s under some form of active restoration as well, and some of these airplanes will join their airworthy sisters in the next decade. But what is of particular interest these days is the effort underway to construct what are essentially new B-17s. As the supply of available B-17s and even larger subassemblies and parts has dried up, enterprising and talented individuals are creating major B-17 structure that will someday turn into new airplanes. Many recent restorations of smaller warbirds, such as Mustangs and P-40s, have incorporated increasing amounts of new construction in recent years as restorers contend with the lack of airworthy parts, and that trend is now moving to the larger and more complex construction of B-17s. It is an exciting thing to see and, given enough time and money, could produce some interesting flying B-17s.

Scott Thompson has been documenting the world of B-17s for the past 50 years and he just updated his long-running book Final Cut to the Fifth Edition. He presented a program about what is going on in the B-17 world today. What has changed in the last few years and what can be expected in the next decade. He also spent some time on these new-build projects and the challenges presented and overcome in the process.

Thompson has done several programs before for SAH in past years including a similar program back in 2011 and another that presented a forum on the filming of the movie Catch-22. Hot-off-the-press copies of Final Cut were available for purchase after the presentation for $25.

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