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Society for Aviation History

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

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Our June 1, 2024 meeting

Oakland Aviation Museum Aircraft and Happenings

Join us on Saturday, June 1, in Mountain View for a presentation by John Horton, president of the board of directors of the Oakland Aviation Museum. Known as OAM, this is one of the best kept aviation secrets in the Bay Area. The museum is home to an ex-NASA two-seat TAV-8A Harrier, an Ercoupe 415C, a super rare Hiller Ten99 (1099) helicopter, a MiG-15bis, and the Short Solent Mk.III four-engine flying boat.

Horton spent 23 years in the U.S. Navy, earning his Wings of Gold at NAS Pensacola in 1971. He flew A-3 Skywarriors from the deck of USS Constellation (CV-64) during the Vietnam War. In addition to serving as the OAM's board president, he is also on the board of the A-3 Skywarrior Association. Following his career in the Navy, Horton had a successful career in Silicon Valley.

Be sure to join us for this presentation and bring a friend!

Date/Time: June 1, 2024

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

Mountain View, CA (not Moffett Field)

Cost: Member - $40 per person.

Non-Member - $45 per person.


Please choose One:

Penne con Pomodoro e Melenzane
Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinach
Spaghetti Bolognese
Chicken Marsala

Included with all meals: SALAD: Verde Mista: A mixed green salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and Gelato for dessert.

Please note: The restaurant does not open until 11:30, so please do not arrive prior to that or you will not be able to get in. A no-host bar will be 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.

               Penne con Pomodoro e Melenzane
               Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinach
                  Spaghetti Bolognese
                  Chicken Marsala

Pay online with PayPal or make checks payable to: Society for Aviation History (not SAH please). Please send your check to: SAH, P.O. Box 5344, Petaluma, CA. 94955

RSVP: Reservations must be received by Tuesday, May 28. If you require a vegetarian meal, please contact Nick Veronico.

Note: If you can't make it and have already placed your reservation, we must receive notice by May 28 or we will be unable to give you a refund. Reservations made after May 28, or arriving without a reservation will cost $75. You must pay to attend.

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Our April 6, 2024 meeting

Hexagon: Spies in the Sky, Reconnaissance Technology During the Cold War

The SAH returned to the Moffett Field Museum for April's general meeting. President Nick Veronico opened the meeting with a heartfelt moment of silence honoring the memory of cherished board member, colleague, and friend, Ron Strong (SAH 038). Moffett Museum's executive director, Jeff Wasel, announced the museum's monthly newsletter, which highlights special events, exhibits, and a new speaker series, is available by signing up at Moffett Field Museum, scroll to the bottom of the home page. Wasel also noted SAH members gain free admission (excluding speaker events) to the museum by showing their current badge. Lastly, he mentioned the current estimate for the completion of Hangar One's reskinning and interior work is at least two years out.

Former Air Force officer Rick "Ricky" Deutsch presented "Hexagon: Spies in the Sky, Reconnaissance Technology During the Cold War." His captivating discussion featured declassified material that covered the evolution of U.S. reconnaissance technology, beginning in the mid-1950s through the end of satellite film camera technology in 1986. During the Cold War, the U.S. evolved reconnaissance technology, resulting in today's real-time video capabilities. Initially, film was used in satellites to monitor treaty compliance and intelligence gathering of the Soviet Union and other "denied areas." The vehicle, HEXAGON, was 60-feet long and took pictures from 100 miles up. The program was urgent and required cooperation between the CIA and the Air Force, guided by the National Reconnaissance Office.

Deutsch's unclassified presentation gave us a first-person historical look at how high-resolution images were not only taken, but returned via parachute to be caught in mid-air. Essential to success was the work of the launch team, command and control, tracking stations and the aircrews who made the daring catches of the film buckets. This program was a critical Cold War asset.

Our February Meeting

Hollywood and Aviation: Maddux Airlines

2024 SAH President Nick Veronico & Speaker Ryann Willis

On Feb. 3, the Society for Aviation History held its first meeting of 2024 at Wagon Wheel BBQ in Mountain View. A total of 38 members and guests were in attendance for the first visit to this establishment. Society President Nick Veronico started the meeting off by welcoming everyone to the restaurant and thanking the members for their donations to our annual food drive. Member Dana Lombardi presented the book World War Warriors combining the AeroCatures artwork of Hank Caruso, which adds human features to aircraft and period advertising to tell the story of nearly 50 World War II-era aircraft.

Our speaker was Ryann Willis who is the granddaughter of Jack Maddux, founder of Maddux Airlines, and first cousin to the late Arizona Senator John S. McCain. When her grandmother passed at age 99, Willis received a trove of never-before-seen photos and newspaper clippings associated with Maddux Airlines. Using this material, she has finished a book on the airline and will presented a segment of this information titled "Hollywood and Aviation" at our meeting.

"Hollywood and Aviation" looks at the Roaring 20's relationship between motion picture stars and the fledgling airline business and draws upon the Maddux family photo collection to illustrate the adventure, glamour, romance, and thrills of early commercial air travel. Stars and Hollywood moguls such as Will Rogers, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, Wallace Beery, and many other notables are included in the family photo collection.

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