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SAH General Meetings, Tours,
and Educational Programs
December 6th, 2014
The I-400 Subs and their Seiran Aircraft
John J. Geoghegan and Alice Hendricks
John J. Geoghegan is author of "Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Plan to Change the Course of WWII," which "The Wall Street Journal" called, "a fascinating, meticulously researched, and deft account."
He discussed Japanese submarine-based aircraft, their mission, and the technology needed to attain the goal of launching planes to bomb New York and Washington, D. C.
Additionally, Geoghegan shepherded the PBS documentary "Japanese SuperSub,"
about the I-400 subs and their Seiran aircraft, into production in addition to serving as writer and technical consultant. He has also written numerous articles for the "New York Times" Science
Section, the "San Francisco Chronicle" Sunday Magazine, WIRED, "Smithsonian Air & Space," "Aviation History," and "Popular Science," among other publications in addition to a regular column about
white elephant technology for the "Huffington Post."
Francesco's Restaurant - Oakland
The Society's ninth annual toy drive was held at the December
6th meeting in Oakland. Everyone was encouraged to bring an unwrapped new toy, suitable for a teenage child. The toys were
collected and taken to two local fire departments for distribution to families in need. Over the last eight years the Society's generous members have donated
many wonderful items to less fortunate children.
About Our last Meeting, October 4th, 2014
Hidden Warbirds: Recent Recoveries of World War II Aircraft
Our fourth SAH membership meeting in 2014 was another well-attended gathering that was held at the Back Forty Texas BBQ in Pleasant Hill for the first time. The restaurant
was another good location for our meetings. It is also a location that is easier to get to for some of our members in the east bay.
Society past-president Nicholas A. "Nick" Veronico was October's featured speaker and discussed his most recent books Hidden Warbirds:
The Epic Stories of Finding Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft and its sequel Hidden Warbirds II. Nick has been a long-standing
member of the society (member number 4) and this was his first presentation to the group.
In 1989, Nick got started searching for downed B-17 Flying Fortresses for parts to restore his G-model Cheyenne tail gunner's compartment.
He has since collected more than a dozen aircraft gun turrets, and placed turrets or loaned parts to a number of aircraft restorations.
Through his research, recoveries, and horse-trading, he's made wide contacts in the aircraft recovery field. Those restorers have shared
their stories with Nick, and he's shared them with aviation enthusiasts the world-over through his books. Many Society for Aviation History
members have generously shared photos for Nick's books and there were a number of their photos used in this presentation.
Some of the aircraft recoveries Nick discussed included the B-17E Swamp Ghost, the P-38 Glacier Girl, the sole surviving Brewster Corsair,
a P-51 Mustang found in a garage, a couple of German fighters and bombers, and many others.
Veronico is the author of more than 30 books on aviation, military, and local history subjects and has been investigating and writing about
aircraft wrecks for many years. His website, Wreckchasing.com is the on-line community for enthusiasts who want to know more about how to
locate vintage airplane wrecks and then tell their stories.
Back Forty Texas BBQ - Pleasant Hill
Our members showed their generosity for the ninth consecutive year by donating more than 250 pounds of food and several checks to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Our June 7, 2014 Meeting
From RAINBOW to GUSTO: Stealth and the Design of the Lockheed Blackbird
When the first flights of the U-2 spyplane over the Soviet Union were tracked by air defense radars, the CIA realized that it was only
a matter of time before it would be shot down, and thus began a crash program to reduce its radar cross section. This effort evolved
into a competition to design a follow-on aircraft that would be invisible to radar. Over a period of two years, Lockheed and Convair
explored a variety of subsonic and supersonic designs and tradeoffs among performance, payload, and RCS, resulting in selection of the
Lockheed A-12 Blackbird. While the efforts were not completely successful, they laid the basis for future developments in low-observable
aircraft, such as the F-117 and B-2.
Paul Suhler is a computer engineer in the data storage industry, working for HGST in Santa Ana, California. A specialist in communication
protocols and computer security, he has participated extensively in the development of computing standards, and received the 2009 Technical
Excellence Award from the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards. He has published numerous conference and journal
papers in parallel computing.
Suhler received the BSEE and PhD in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and the MS in computer engineering from the
University of California, Berkeley. A former Regular Army officer, he has also been a research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research
Center and a research assistant professor at the University of Southern California. He holds a commercial pilot license and a US Parachute
Association C license. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the Association for
Redwood City - The Spaghetti Factory
Our April 12, 2014 Meeting
The Aircraft of Howard Hughes
Aviation Historian Jim Lund was the featured speaker at the society's April meeting at the Moffett Field Museum. Lund discussed
the aircraft associated with entrepreneur and aviation record holder Howard R. Hughes. The presentation featured a number of historic
photographs along with Lund's collection of hand-built 1/72nd scale models. Since all of the models are in the same
scale, viewers got the same sense of scale that they would have if they were up at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon. However, the
museum does not contain a collection of Hughes' aircraft as extensive as this one. One of the features is the Hughes D-2 - Howard Hughes'
Over the years, Lund has been a student of Howard Hughes, his aircraft, and his aviation-related businesses. After years of digesting all
of this material, Lund has come to a conclusion: because Hughes was such a complex and secretive individual, the door was open for too
much artistic license in many of the millionaire's biographies. This allowed Hollywood producer/director Martin Scorsese to make a film
titled "The Aviator", a parody, that if beleived, portrayed Howard Hughes as nothing more than a mentally disturbed loner. Lund
shared his views of Hughes and his accomplishments at the meeting.
Note: The cost of the meeting included admission to the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum.
Moffett Field, Mtn. View
Our last meeting, February 8, 2014
Author Gregory Crouch was the featured speaker at the society's February meeting in Redwood City. Crouch is the author
of China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight, a chronicle
of the development of China National Airways Corp. At the center of the book is American aviation executive William Langhorne Bond.
In search of adventure, he arrives in Nationalist China in 1931, charged with turning around the turbulent nation's flagging airline
business, the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). The mission will take him to the wild and lawless frontiers of commercial
aviation: into cockpits with daredevil pilots flying-sometimes literally-on a wing and a prayer; into the dangerous maze of Chinese
politics, where scheming warlords and volatile military officers jockey for advantage; and into the boardrooms, backrooms, and
corridors of power inhabited by such outsized figures as Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek; President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt; foreign minister T. V. Soong; Generals Arnold, Stilwell, and Marshall; and legendary Pan American Airways founder Juan Trippe.
With the outbreak of full-scale war in 1941, Bond and CNAC are transformed from uneasy spectators to active participants in the struggle
against Axis imperialism. Drawing on meticulous research, primary sources, and extensive personal interviews with participants, Gregory
Crouch offers harrowing accounts of brutal bombing runs and heroic evacuations, as the fight to keep one airline flying becomes part of
the larger struggle for China's survival. Crouch plunges readers into a world of perilous night flights, emergency water landings, and
the constant threat of predatory Japanese warplanes. When Japanese forces capture Burma and blockade China's only overland supply route,
Bond and his pilots must battle shortages of airplanes, personnel, and spare parts to airlift supplies over an untried five-hundred-mile-long
aerial gauntlet high above the Himalayas-the infamous "Hump"-pioneering one of the most celebrated endeavors in aviation history.
Crouch's presentation was followed by a Q&A session and book signing.
Redwood City - The Spaghetti Factory
Our members and guests in deep
concentration while working on the trivia contest.
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2003 and earlier