Warbird Group Meeting

Our next meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday, May 17th at the Stockton Field Aviation Museum, 7432 C.E. Dixon St. Stockton Metro Airport.

Our next speaker will be U.S. Army Veteran William (Bill) Neuman. Bill flew Huey Gunships in the Republic of Vietnam from 1967-1968 with B Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division. Bill left Vietnam and became an Instructor Pilot for UH-1s at the Department of Tactics Ft. Rucker, Alabama from 1968-1970. Bill then flew CH-47 Chinooks for the 49th Transportation Helicopter Company Army National Guard Stockton, California from 1978-1983. Bill lives locally and has owned a Cessna 172p. He is a member of the VFW, DAV, American Legion, AOPA, and the Quiet Birdmen.

Come out and hear Bill talk about what it was like to fly choppers over the jungles of Vietnam!

Warbird Group Meeting – November 16th

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 16th at the Stockton Field Aviation Museum, 7432 C.E. Dixon St. Stockton Metro Airport, 7 PM.

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Our next speaker will be NASA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) 747 Flight Engineer Christopher Farinha. Chris was born and raised in Auburn California, where he started in aviation restoring Warbirds. He started his airline career in 1985 flying the Lockheed Electra, L-188. Chris has flown the civilian model of the Hercules the L-382 as well as the DC-8 for Southern AirTransport. He finished his civilian career at Evergreen International Airlines flying the B-747. Chris has been with SOFIA since January 2014. He also flies the GE flying testbed 747, which tests the next generation of jet engines. So, come on out and bring a friend!

SOFIA is the largest airborne observatory in the world, capable of making observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes. During its planned 20-year lifetime, SOFIA also will inspire the development of new scientific instrumentation and foster the education of young scientists and engineers.

SOFIA is an 80/20 partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches).
The observatory is based at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, manages SOFIA’s science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA; Columbia, Md.) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI; University of Stuttgart).

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! 2017 dues are due. Your $12.00 Warbird dues also get you membership in the Stockton Field Aviation Museum! With many activities coming up in the new year!

WW II Warbird Group: President, Ken Terpstra (209-838-8680); Treasurer, Ed Ashcraft (209-772-1890); The WW II Warbird Group meets five times a year March, May, July, September, and November on the third Wednesday of the month at the Stockton Field Aviation Museum, 7432 C.E. Dixon St. Stockton Metro Airport. Each meeting features a speaker who flew in any of the military services during our nation’s conflicts, WWII to present. Visitors are always welcome. Membership is open to anyone interested regardless of military service, age, or gender. Dues are $12 per year and include mailed newsletters. Send application to Stockton Field Aviation Museum, 7432 C. E. Dixon Street, Stockton, CA, 95206.

Warbird Meeting & BBQ

You are invited …

The Stockton Field Aviation Museum is proud to host the annual BBQ Dinner & Monthly Warbird Group meeting on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at the 7430 C.E. Dixon St. at the Stockton Metro Airport. This get-together is open to the public.

Our guest speaker will be Korey Wells, Hawker Sea Fury Air Racer and one of a very few people in the world that is type rated in the Messerschmitt ME-262!

Mr. Wells has been flying since he was 10 years old, a total of 44 years! He owned and operated a charter business in Nevada where he did desert bush flying. Using Cessna 310s and 400 series twins to fly in and out of short dirt strips and dirt roads. He competed in the International Aerobatic club, flying a Pitts Special. Mr. Wells is an Unlimited Division pilot flying Hawker Sea Furys in the Reno National Championship Air Races. He is also one of a handful of individuals type rated and can fly the ME262! When it comes to vintage iron he really knows his stuff! Come on out armed with all those questions, he’d love to answer ‘em for you!

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The BBQ dinner starts at 6PM and our Speaker starts at 7PM!

There is a $5 donation for the BBQ dinner to help cover our costs.

See you there!

Election of Board of Directors

The membership of the Aeronautical Educational Foundation, doing business as Stockton Field Aviation Museum, held an annual election for the Board of Directors. Upon a duly authorized election, the Foundation is pleased to announce our 2017 Board:

  • President – Jeff DeMello
  • Vice President – Nick Veronico
  • Secretary / Treasurer – Sydney Ramey
  • Bill Meehleis – Director at Large
  • Taigh Ramey – Director at Large

Rare Gathering of Patrol Planes for Memorial

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Photo courtesy of Sagar Pathak

A very rare “family photo” … the Stockton Field Aviation Museums PV-2 “Harpoon”, surrounded by the P2-V “Neptune”, the (newest) P-8 “Poseidon”, and the P-3 “Orion”.

This gathering of Patrol planes was to honor VP-50 Crew 2/11, who all died in a tragic mid-air collision on March 21, 1991 (link). The Memorial service was held at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, CA.

Moffett Memorial
Photo from San Jose Mercury News / Karl Mondon

Read more at the San Jose Mercury News site.

Warbird Group Meeting – March 16th

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U.S.S. Lucid

The Stockton Field Aviation Museum is proud to host the next meeting of the Warbird Group at 7pm on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, at our hanger: 7432 C.E. Dixon St. at Stockton Metro Airport.

Our guest speaker will be David Rajkovich, President of the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum. Dave will be speaking on “Stockton’s Waterfront Contribution to the War” and the continuing restoration of the U.S. Navy wooden mine sweeper USS Lucid. Come on out to hear some of our interesting local wartime history. All are welcome, and bring a friend!

Background – WWII Warbird Group: President, Ken Terpstra (209-838-8680); Treasurer, Ed Ashcraft (209-772-1890); The WW II Warbird Group meets five times a year March, May, July, September, and November on the third Wednesday of the month at the Stockton Field Aviation Museum, 7432 C.E. Dixon St. Stockton Metro Airport. Each meeting features a speaker who flew in any of the military services during our nation’s conflicts, WWII to present. Visitors are always welcome. Membership is open to anyone interested regardless of military service, age, or gender. Dues are $12 per year and include mailed newsletters. Send application to the return address on this newsletter.