Lone Star Aero Club - 2001 Meetings

• January, 2001 - no meeting this month, Happy New Year!!!

• February 1, 2001 - Our guest speaker was Desert Storm F-16 pilot
Keith Rozenkranz, author of the best-selling book "Vipers In The Storm". Keith gave us his personal account of flying 30 combat missions in the F-16 Fighting Falcon (aka Viper) during the Desert Storm conflict. Learn more about Keith (and his book) by visiting his web site at: http://www.vipersinthestorm.com.

• March 1, 2001- Lockheed test pilot
Jim Eastham gave us a presentation on his experience as a test pilot for Lockheed's famous Blackbird trio - the A-12, YF-12 and SR-71. Jim was the third pilot to ever fly the A-12, the first to fly the YF-12A, and the second pilot to fly the SR-71A. Jim was also a test pilot for Hughes, and was chief test pilot on all test flights of the AN-ASG-18 radar system installed on the modified Convair YB-58A testbed (55-665 aka Big Nose aka Snoopy) before the system was installed on the YF-12A. Tom Blakely brought a video of the Lockheed X-35A & X-35C JSF flight test program for all to see.

• April 5, 2001- Former U-2 pilot
Carmine Vito relived his days as a CIA pilot in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Carmine was the pilot on the first manned overflight of Moscow in a U-2C. The plane that Carmine flew on that mission now hangs in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Carmine can prove it because he stuck his wad of Juicy Fruit chewing gum under the left canopy rail during the mission, and it is still there!

• May 3rd, 2001 -
Walt Shiel, author of the book Cessna Warbirds, gave us a history of Cessna aircraft in military service, both in the US and foreign military. Walt Shiel has a web site at: www.cessnawarbirds.com. A photo of a specially modified Cessna Citation, equipped with an APG-66 radar and FLIR turret, made me realize that the recent shootdown in Peru involved a Cessna C-185 private plane, a Peruvian Air Force Cessna A-37, and a US (CIA?) Cessna Citation like the one shown in Walt's photo.

• June 6, 2001 -
Bob Adams spoke on his experiences air-dropping payloads from Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft to Haughton Crater , some 600 miles south of the Arctic Circle. This was in conjunction with the US Marine Corps, NASA, Canadian Space Agency and the Russian Institute from Space Research as part of the Mars Society project.

• July, 2001 - no meeting this month, 4th of July holiday

• August 2nd, 2001- This month's speaker was
Ken Moriarty. Ken spoke on the art and science of inflight refueling. Ken is a retired USAF Lt. Col. and as program manager at American Airlines Flight Academy, he is in charge of KC-135E and 707 simulators. Ken has flown virtually all the versions of the KC-135 Stratotanker, including the A, E, Q and R, the EC-135C, N and Y, the EC-137D, and the USN E-6 TACAMO.

• September 6th, 2001- We viewed a videotape of a presentation by Sergei Sikorsky on the history of the company his father
Igor Sikorsy, founded. The videotape was from the C. R Smith Lecture Series previously held at the museum. In this the first meeting A.J. (After Jay) attendance was noticeably light, with only a handful of us present to view the tape.

• October 4th, 2001 -
Colonel "Rick" Couch USAF (Ret.) shared the experience of the First Flight of the Northrop B-2 Spirit. Rick shared videos, slides and first hand insights into the first flight on 17 July 1989 with co-pilot and Northrop Chief Test Pilot Bruce Hinds. Col. Couch also told of his many hours in the C-141 Starlifter and his 199 combat missions in the Vietnam conflict. We met at our old stomping grounds Bodacious BBQ and attendance was back to our typical "SRO" with this great presentation. In other news, our scheduled tour of NAS JRB Carswell has been postponed indefinitely after the events of 11 September 2001.

• November 1st, 2001 - We were treated to "A Test Pilot's Memories in Aviation" presented by
Neil Anderson, former USMC pilot, USAF Test Pilot, Lockheed/GD Test Pilot, Reno Gold Medal Air Racer (and much more). Of special interest to our group was Neil's experience as the pilot of the first flight of the FSD F-16. This made two months in a row to meet at Bodacious BBQ.

• December 6th, 2001 - We stepped back in time this month as an assembled panel of
B-58 Hustler pilots, flight engineers, flight test engineers and design engineers recalled the heyday of Hustler flight tests. The panel included Buzz Chamblee (USAF Pilot), O. D. Lively (test pilot), Bill Goodwin (test pilot), Dale Ford (test pilot), Harry Hillaker (design engineering), Charlie Harrison (flight test engineer, first flight) and Bob Widmer (design engineering). This month C. R Smith Museum welcomed us back as world events seem to have calmed down a bit.