January 2014 “Show and Tell”

The annual meeting (IAW the by-laws) of the VSA was held in January, 2014. Although we did have a seminar added to the agenda, a slide presentation had been prepared and was also presented to the audience of about 40 members. There are seven (7) groups of photos:

  • Old Snaps of old guys, and WSC in 1990’s and later –
  • SSA Convention – Ontario CA, Feb 2002 –
  • Flight trace from the Nimbus 3, Gary Kemp
  • Ridge flying at WSC  –
  • Photos by Milt Hare in  Mar 2002 –
  • Formation Flying at WSC

— Age 22 to Age 60 – a flying career of thirty eight years
by Peter – PK

Age 22 – Climbing into the Supersonic, USAF,  T-38 Talon

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Age 60 – Departing the American Airlines MD-80

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Two views of “The Office” during the last 15 years

As viewed from the terminal

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Working the night shift

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— Similar Career by Naval Aviator Jim – 1B

 

The 23 year old soon-to-be Naval Aviator in front of his T2 jet trainer preparing to carrier qualify – 1967

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Basic formation training in the T2, Breakup & Rendezvous – 1967

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Landing aboard CVA-61 (USS Ranger) in the Gulf of Tonkin – 1969

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 — Photos at WSC on a cold cloudy day in March 2011

Almost a half a century later since the 60’s:   Jim reviews the checklist, Ed is ready to do the hook up, and Peter is next to launch.

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— WSC in the 1990’s

 

Innocence,  The Fleet, and The Staff

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In 2002 – Right to left: a younger Rex, a younger Andy, and Dean Aldinger in the shop.

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 —  Trip to the SSA Convention in Ontario in 2002

Capt Key, preparing for flight from Livermore,  with an enroute refueling stop in Southern California…. with wave clouds over Tehachapi…

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Meeting people in Ontario

Chance meeting with Andrew,   Tony and Midge  chatting near the WSC booth, and Pete-98 gives us the eye, as he sees us with the camera…

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 — Flying at WSC In the Days of Gary Kemp (flying his Nimbus 3,  in March 2001)

 

This was a big X-C  back then, but now it is almost a local flight to visit T-15 and T-16

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 — A Pictorial Story of Ridge Flying at WSC – 24 Feb 2002

Note: See more detailed info about the Ridge on Google Maps at this link:  http://goo.gl/maps/X3MQ1

The pilots: John, Jim and Peter

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Testing the extent of the lift

Bessa towers shrouded in cloud, but good lift

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Past the towers, doing 90 kts in 4 kts up at 3,100 feet –  the Lift IS RELIABLE!

Time for a quick bite of Lunch before the others arrive…

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At the north end of the run, at Rumsey Gap, holding 2,800 ft ok, in good lift

Here comes Jim-1B in his ASW 20, to make the run, and John-7HV in his Discus, comes along as well

 

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We start out high above the ridge and gradually fly faster and faster and exploring lower and lower – JUST FOR THE FUN !

 

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Below the ridge we fly single file…

Traveling north, then traveling south again…

 

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Popping back up above the ridge, the formation resumes….

 

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Time to head for home

 

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Jim closes in on Rex in the FNX

 

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Now FNX, spoilers now!  but it wasn’t said… Jim NEVER tells the lead how to fly or what to do, so Jim headed home.  I took advantage of the moment and snapped a few more shots of the big beautiful ASH25.

 

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–Random Photos at WSC – March 2002

 

JJ,  Milt and Bob, the DG-800

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–Snaps by Milt, of Key and Peter in 2002..

…note the ground shadows on the low pass (second photo) …

 

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— Snaps by Peter of Jim and Key in 2002

Coming back to Williams Gliderport after a day of flying the Mendocino Mountains in March

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and three more photos, snapped in April, 2002

 

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End of Show and Tell, January 11, 2014.

 

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