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November 14, 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 infections, the Society for Aviation History will not be able to hold any general lunch meetings at this time due
to the safety concerns of our members. We have been able to continue to hold Zoom board meetings and have put out all of our regularly scheduled newsletters except
for one at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown. Thank you for your understanding and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy.
November - December 2020
A LITTLE GOOD GOES A LONG WAY
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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our past meetings, click below
2003 and earlier