Lone Star Aero Club - 2004 Meetings

• January, 2004 - no meeting this month, Happy New Year!!!

• February 5, 2004 - The program featured
Rick Riccius, Development Engineer for Chance-Vought Aircraft on the XC-142A Tiltwing Tri-Service V/STOL Transport. Rick later served as Base Manager at Edwards Air Force Base for the Tri-Service Program. Rick will reflect on many milestones and insights on this historic aircraft. Rick Riccius offered a rare viewing of 16 mm movie film on test flying footage of the XC-142A (air drops, desert and sea trials).

• March 4th, 2004 - The program featured
Michael Schratt of Crystal Lake, Illinois with a program entitled "Flying Saucers For Real!". Michael has researched U.S. Air Force flying discs for many years and hosts a website (www.usafflyingsaucers.com). Michael's presentation highlighted two interviews with reliable witnesses that observed 'flying disc type aircraft' at U.S. Air Force Bases in 1967 and 1978.

• April 1st, 2004 - Our
World War II Bomber Panel Discussion was made up of panelists Edward Denari, Walt Douglas, Fiske Hanley II, Marion Havelaar, Ted Norman and George Savage. These brave men flew B-17, B-24 and B-29 combat missions in the U.S. Army Air Corp. We were able to hear first hand accounts of their experiences during the war.

• May 6th, 2004 - Our guest speaker,
Ed Adams, gave a presentation covering his flying and ground experiences with Air America during the Vietnam War.

• June 3rd, 2004 -
Mr. Don Day assigned to the Fort Worth FAA Work Force, presented an in- depth review of the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster recovery effort. Don directed the shuttle recovery effort throughout North and East Texas. The facts and inside information about this unfortunate event enlightened us all and gave an appreciation for this enormous effort.

• July 2004 - (no meeting, 4th of July holiday)

• August 5th, 2004 - This month we featured a slide show by aviation photographer and Aero Club member
Jay Miller.

• September 2nd, 2004 - We featured a presentation by
Erasmo Pinera, propulsion integration engineer for Lockheed Martin Fort Worth. Mr. Pinera discussed his experiences working on the X-35/F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with an emphasis on the F-35C V/STOL version slated for front line duty with the U.S. Marines. Erasmo's presentation was supplemented by video and a Powerpoint presentation.

• October 7th, 2004 - we visited the
Texas Airplane Factory at Meacham Field in north Fort Worth. Herb and George Tischler invited the Aero Club to view their Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) Japanese WWII fighter aircraft project.

• November 4th, 2004 - Author
Dick Scoles of Little Rock, Arkansas, gave a presentation on the subject of his book Flying Was My Game. Dick was a US Navy and Navy Reserve pilot, test engineer at Edwards AFB, and a test pilot for General Electric on military and commercial programs.

• December 2nd, 2004 - Highly regarded Hollywood Stunt Pilot
Corkey Fornof showed several film clips of movie stunt flying and explained their makings and inside details. Corkey has done the feature stunts in a number of the JAMES BOND MOVIES as well as some HARRISON FORD FLICKS. Thanks to the connection thru fellow Aero Club member Gary Bihary we landed a great and entertaining presentation.