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 – The start of a military flying career –
Climbing into the Supersonic, USAF, T-38 Talon
Age 60 – The end of a commercial flying career –
Departing the American Airlines MD-80
Two views of “The Office” during the last 15 years of commercial aviation
- As viewed from the terminal
2. Working the night shift
— 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
Jim participating in basic formation training in the T2, Breakup & Rendezvous – 1967
Jim landing aboard CVA-61 (USS Ranger) in the Gulf of Tonkin – 1969
— 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.
— WSC in the 1990’s
Innocence, The Fleet, and The Staff
In 2002 – Right to left: a younger Rex, a younger Andy, and Dean Aldinger in the shop.
— 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…
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…
— 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
— 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
Testing the extent of the lift
Bessa towers shrouded in cloud, but good lift
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…
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
We start out high above the ridge and gradually fly faster and faster and exploring lower and lower – JUST FOR THE FUN !
Below the ridge we fly single file…
Traveling north, then traveling south again…
Popping back up above the ridge, the formation resumes….
Time to head for home
Jim closes in on Rex in the FNX
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.
–Random Photos at WSC – March 2002
JJ, Milt and Bob, the DG-800
–Snaps by Milt, of Key and Peter in 2002..
…note the ground shadows on the low pass (second photo) …
— Snaps by Peter of Jim and Key flying tight formation in 2002
Coming back to Williams Gliderport after a day of flying the Mendocino Mountains in March
and three more photos, snapped in April, 2002
End of Show and Tell, January 11, 2014.