Lone Star Aero Club - 1997 Meetings

• January 9, 1997 -
Jay Miller and Ted Black showed us slides from their collections spanning aircraft from 1903 to the present.

• February 6, 1997 -
Neil Anderson, retired test pilot from General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin, and the second person to fly the YF-16, gave a slide presentation showing some of the aircraft he flew, both before and after the YF-16.

• March 6, 1997 -
John Ball, XV-15 test pilot for Bell Helicopter Textron, gave a slide presentation on his days as a CH-46 pilot aboard aircraft carriers in the U.S.Navy.

• April 3, 1997 -
Harry Hillaker, the "Father of the F-16" spoke on the Lightweight Fighter (LWF) Competition between the General Dynamics YF-16 and the Northrop YF-17.

• May 1, 1997 - We toured the
Cavanaugh Flight Museum, located at Addison Airport in north Dallas. Ben Kristy, the museum's curator, showed us their collection, including: a replica Sopwith Camel, replica Fokker D.VII, Hispano Ha 1112 (Spanish-built Me 109), North American T-6, Ryan PT-22, Stearman PT-17, Grumman F9F, General Motors FM-2 (GM-built Grumman F4F), Supermarine Spitfire, North American P-51, CASA 2111 (Heinkel He 111), Vought F4U, Grumman TBM, North American B-25, North American F-86, Republic F-105, McDonnell F-4, MiG-15, MiG-21, Pitts S-2, Christen Eagle, Piper L-4, PZL-Mielec TS-11, .... (whew!)

• June 5, 1997 - Our guest speaker was
Ralph Mong, designer of the homebuilt airplane
Mong Sport
. Ralph related his early flying experiences, the evolution of the Mong Sport design, and the formative years of the EAA. Commenting on the diminuitive dimensions of the Mong Sport, Ralph (who is five foot two and one-half inches tall) said "If I'm gonna build an airplane, by golly it's gonna fit!"

• July 3,1997 - (Fourth of July holiday)

• August 7, 1997 - After taking last month off, we welcomed aviation artist
Gerald Asher, who related how he got started as an artist, and gave us insights into the research and planning that goes into his painting to ensure historical and technical accuracy. He also shared some old Kodachrome slides from the early '50s taken aboard the aircraft carrier Essex.

• September 4, 1997 -
Dr. Armand Chaput of Lockheed Martin gave a presentation on their company's work in the emerging field of UCAVs (Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicles). Dr. Chaput previously headed LMTAS's A/FX project team and the General Dynamics NASP (National Aerospace Plane), also known as the X-30. Dr. Chaput's presentation showed the potential advantages of UCAVs from the standpoints of cost, manpower, and technical capabilities, and some of the non-technical (i.e. 'political') issues the company faces in convincing the services in 'unmanned' technologies.

• October 2, 1997 - Helicopter test pilot
John Williams spoke to us about his record-setting flight around the world with Ron Bower in a Bell Model 430 in 1996. John and Ron took off from RAF Farnborough on August 17th, 1996, and flew westward for 20,508 nautical miles, landing back at the Farnborough Air Show some 17 days, 6 hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds later on September 3rd. During this time they took off and landed 83 times (18 of these in Russia), accumulating 165.1 flight hours, overflew 14 countries, 49 of the 50 United States (missing Hawaii). This included being grounded in Providenyia, Russia for over 28 hours due to weather and other "bureaucratic-related" delays...

• November 6, 1997 - Professional aviation cartoonist
Robert Chambers gave a very interesting presentation on the humorous aspects of the aviation business, including his stint serving in the Vietnam war. Bob served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam, serving as liason officer with ABC, NBC, CBS, networks and Time/Life magazine. Bob's work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Changing Times, Saturday Evening Post, Wings West, Pacific Flyer, Private Pilot, Aero, Ultralight, and Kitplanes.

• December 4, 1997 -
Doc and Chuckie Hospers hosted us at the Texas Air Command Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham airport in Fort Worth, Texas. We were able to get up close and personal with Doc and Chuckie's Boeing B-17, as well as a C-47, a Hawker Hunter and several North American F-86 Sabres.