Lone Star Aero Club - 1995 Meetings

• January, 1995...

• February, 1995...

• March, 1995...

• April 6, 1995 -
Jay Miller (trip report from Zhukovsky Flight Test Facility in Russia)

• May 4, 1995 -
Col. Richard Graham (Ret.), former SR-71 Pilot, and Commander of the 1st SRS, was our guest speaker. Col. Graham also serves as the Executive Director of the Blackbird Association, a unique group of former SR-71 and U-2 crews, maintenance personnel, tech reps, and Lockheed personnel closely associated with themost classified operational aircraft programs of the past three decades. Rich flew the F-4 Phantom II in 145 combat missions over North Vietnam and Laos during 1971 and 1972, and entered the SR-71 program in 1974. After several years as a crew member, he became an SR-71 instructor pilot, and in January of 1980 he was selected to be the Squadron Commander of the SR-71 squadron, the 1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron. He retired from active duty in 1989 and now flies MD-80s for American Airlines.

• June 1, 1995 -
Bart Kelley, retired Bell Helicopter designer, was our guest speaker. Mr. Kelley's experience in the world of vertical flight spans virtually its entire history. He worked on the original Bell helicopter, the Model 30, at Bell's little-known research facility at Gardenville, New York, in the early 1940s. This was a rare opportunity to meet, listen to, and question one of the truly great helicopter pioneers of all time.

• July 6, 1995 -
Gregory Kennedy gave a presentation on Project Manhigh, the high-altitude manned balloon flights in the mid-late 1950s. Crew members Joe Kittinger, David Simons and Clifton McClure ascended to altitudes of 100,000 feet conducting physiological research into man's ability to travel to and function in the then-unknown environments of space. Mr. Kennedy is Director of the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum. (Update: George has since moved on to direct the Space Center Museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Our very own Jay Miller is now curator of the AA C.R. Smith Museum.)

• August 3, 1995 -
Jay Miller dug deep into his slide collection to put together this month's presentation. The majority of Jay's collection was recently moved the the new Aerospace Education Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The AEC is a 65,000 square foot facility with an IMAX theater, huge display rooms, and one of six existing original Sopwith Camels. The museum displays span everything from the Wright Brothers to modern space flight. A must-see on your next trip to/through Arkansas.

• September 7, 1995 -
Eric Hehs has travelled to F-16 bases around the world as Editor-in-Chief of Lockheed Martin's Code One magazine. This is a corporate publication designed to customers abreast of events, hardware changes, upgrades and improvements to the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Eric gave a slide presentation assembled from his many trips, and gave us an insight into the production requirements for the magazine.

• October 5, 1995 -
James L. "Jack" Cole, Executive Director of the National Aeronautic Association gave a presentation on the NAA and the benefits of membership in their organization. The NAA represents the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) in the United States. The FAI is the presiding body the serves to confirm all official world absolute and class records for aviation and space.

• November 2, 1995 -
Major Dale Shell of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation gave a presentation on their DC-X, DC-XA, and X-33 programs, including video of test flights. Major Shell is Test Manager of the DC-XA and X-33 programs.

• December 7, 1995 -
Jay Miller treated us to a slide show from his extensive collection. The group also discussed our upcoming alignment with the National Aeronautic Association.