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2013 SAH General Meetings, Tours,
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Our last meeting: Saturday, December 7, 2013

Catch-22 Pilot's Panel

(left to right: Dan Hill, "Stoney" Stonich, Odell Burton, and Scott Thompson)

B-17 and B-25 expert and author Scott Thompson moderated a panel of pilots who participated in filming the Paramount Pictures release Catch-22. Many of you have seen these gentlemen on screen, we had the chance to meet them in person and hear their stories of the making of the film and flying 17 North American B-25s in formation. The pilots included Odell Burton, Dan Hill, and "Stoney" Stonich. Thompson had copies of his books B-25 Mitchell in Civil Service (special SAH price was $15) - which contains a great chapter about filming Catch-22, and Final Cut: The Post-War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors (special SAH price was $20).

The December meeting is was also our canned food drive to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank and collection of items for teens - we received a good collection of both food and toys, thank you. Our Paypal button is still up if you'd like to donate.

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Ristorante Don Giaovanni, Mountain View

Our last meeting was Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sentinel of the Cold War: Almaden Air Force Station

To most people it is just Mt. Umunhum, that peak with the big rectangular building on top south of San Jose. But to life-long South Bay native and freelance photographer Basim Jaber it has become a research obsession. He has researched the history and geography of Mt. Umunhum and the Almaden Air Force Station since 2006.

Jaber has organized and hosted several veterans' reunions for the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron who manned the radar station atop Mt. Umunhum between 1957 and 1980. He continues to archive historic images and artifacts from Almaden Air Force Station to help preserve the memories and history of this Bay Area Cold War relic. His relationship with over 200 veterans and dependents who lived and served on the site has earned him their respect, trust, and status as their official historian and archivist. In addition, his unprecedented photo documentary work of the entire site has proven invaluable to preserving the history and memories of Almaden Air Force Station. Basim's research is purely volunteer-driven and non-profit in nature.

Francesco's Restaurant - Oakland

Our April 13, 2013

B-17 Navigator Ray Allen

Ray Allen of Burlingame, Calif., flew 35 missions over Europe during World War II. Allen flew with the 306th Bomb Group in the B-17 Rose of York, named after and christened by Princess, now Queen, Elizabeth. During his 35 missions, Allen flew against targets in Germany and Nazi occupied Belgium, France, and Holland. Allen was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals, and three Battle Stars with area ribbons. Today Allen enjoys flying his Cessna SkyMaster, which he keeps at the San Carlos Airport.

Lunch was prepared by Emergency BBQ in San Carlos. Also, the cost of this meeting included admission to the Moffett Field Museum.

Moffett Field, Mtn. View


Our February 2, 2013

Quest For Flight, John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West

Author Craig Harwood presented a talk on John J. Montgomery's achievements and discussed how California-based men and women made pioneering contributions in the various aerial fields (aeroplanes, ballooning and airships) around the turn of the 19th Century.

Harwood is a direct descendant of aviation pioneer John Montgomery, and his book Quest For Flight (with Gary B. Fogel) sheds light on, and celebrates the story of a lone inventor who accomplished the seemingly impossible and shared it with the public thereby inspiring a generation of Americans to take to the skies. Another intriguing aspect of the narrative of Quest For Flight is how it draws out of obscurity the role that women played in this visionary field of aeronautics and the resulting impact it had on societal attitudes toward women engaged in a male dominated and high risk field. Quest For Flight represents a unique aspect of the history of the American West and a revisionist history of American aviation.

The SAH still has available a couple of autographed copies for sale.

Our meeting was held at Francesco's Restaurant in Oakland

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