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   President's Message for March/April 2015

Lots going on as the year gets underway.

We had a fantastic meeting in February with author Bill Yenne's talk on Area 51 and his book Black Jets. The all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch at Back Forty Texas BBQ in Pleasant Hill was outstanding and we made a dent in the ribs, brisket, and chicken.

Our next meeting will be in Mountain View at Michaels at Shoreline - another member-favorite meeting place. At the meeting, author Barbara Schultz will present a biography of test pilot Moye Stephens. Schultz is an accomplished biographer having authored Pancho: The biography of Florence Lowe Barnes; The Wedell-Williams Air Service (co-authored with Robert S. Hirsch); Endorsed by Earhart; and the subject of our next meeting Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens. Schultz will have copies of all of her books available for sale at the meeting, and feel free to bring your own copies in for autographs.

The first two tours of 2015 are fast approaching and if you haven't made reservations yet, please do so. We'll be touring Nike Missile Site SF-88 on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required and the cost is $20 per person. For reservations, contact Alice Hendricks at 415/298-0663. Deadline for reservations is March 12, and payment can be made via PayPal or check.

On May 16, the Society for Aviation History will tour the collection at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California. The museum will have a number of cockpits open for your inspection and the Society for Aviation History is sponsoring the opening of six additional aircraft - just for society members. Be sure to wear your SAH name badge on the tour. Cost of the tour is $20 and additional details can be found on our website under the meetings page.

Also, the society would like to congratulate member Jim Lund (SAH 84). We have enjoyed a number of Lund's well-researched and entertaining presentations in the past (see the "Past Speakers" page on the society's webpage) and he is a well-known master model builder specializing in 1/72nd scale aircraft. Lund has donated his entire collection of 1/72nd scale Navy aircraft to the Moffett Field Museum where many will be incorporated into their displays for all to see. If you're in the south bay area, stop by the museum to see Lund's work Wednesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors. The museum is on the web at: Moffett Field Historical Society Museum Congratulations, Jim!

- Nick Veronico


Past President Messages are linked below and on following pages:

Jan. 2015

Nov. 2014

Sept. 2014

May 2014

March 2014