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   President's Message for Sept/Oct. 2019

Per proud tradition, the Society for Aviation History's membership produced another outstanding edition of our expanded 2019 summer newsletter Touch & Go. Many thanks to all contributors for sharing their fascinating stories and wonderful photographs, and special thanks to newsletter editor Betty Veronico for her tireless efforts putting it all together. Well done all!

Our October general meeting is now on the horizon (see details this newsletter and on our website www.sfahistory.org.) Please note that we'll be conducting our annual Canned Food Drive, so please bring a non-perishable food item for subsequent distribution to those less fortunate than us.

Our society recently received a very nice thank you letter from Marin's Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Carson Langenbacher. He expressed his deep appreciation to our membership for recognizing him with our 2019 Col. Ben Donahue Memorial Scholarship. We look forward to hosting Carson and his parents at our October meeting.

By now, you’ve probably seen CNN Film's amazing documentary Apollo 11. If not, this should be at the top of your "to watch" list, especially in light of this year's 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Among the film's highlights are spectacular film footage previously unreleased.

Finally, on a somewhat related note, the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum, located in Alameda, recently observed their Splashdown 50 Celebration commemorating Hornet's recoveries of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts. Adjacent to the permanent Apollo displays on the hangar deck was a temporary display of a small Moon rock that was collected during the Apollo 16 mission. Also displayed was a copy of the Apollo 11 Customs Declaration for the Moon rocks and dust samples collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts. This document, signed by astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, was issued in Honolulu, Hawaii – their first stop on land. The document is one testament that all the bases appeared to be covered during the Apollo Moon missions.

I look forward to seeing you as we regroup in October, and, as always, you are encouraged to bring a friend!

Ron Close


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