Upcoming Fly-In

Happy bottom 2It's time for the annual DAF Hangar Party, and this year the theme is Pancho Barnes' Happy Bottom Riding Club. Edward's Air Force Base in the 1940s and 1950s was the home of the Right Stuff, and the Happy Bottom Riding Club was the place to let off steam. There will be live music, games and dancing, along with a chance to party with the DAFers. We'll have barbeque as well, so put on your gear and come along! Sign up right away.  

Upcoming Dinner Program

date-changeCalendar Adjustment!

Due to changes at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, the day of the DAF Monthly Dinner Meeting will be moving to the third Wednesday of every month (except August and December, when there isn't a dinner meeting).  This starts in September, and the date for the September Meeting will be Wednesday, September 16th. If you have a recurring event set in your calendar, don't forget to make the switch.

Photo of the Month

The infamous Lenticulus Propelius cloud formation...

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Special Announcements

Save the Date! The DAF Annual Hangar Party is coming up on August 15, and it's going to be a great one. This year's theme is Pancho Barnes' Happy Bottom Riding Club, and there will be music, games, and a chance to party with all the flyers! Edwards AFB in the 1940s and 1950s was the home of the Right Stuff, and the Happy Bottom Riding Club was the place to let off steam. Put on your gear and come along!



IMG 2065-6139Our June Meet and Greet was a resounding success, with our Membership Director Anne O'Brien signing up several new members. A large group of current DAFers were there to say greet them and introduce themselves. We went through all the burgers and hot dogs we had, running out at the end in an example of perfect timing. Great job, Anne!

 

June Dinner reportFor the June program we went back to the early 1950's and learned about the era and the challenges building and flying the USAFs first supersonic fighter, the North American F-100 Super Sabre. We watched an informative documentary followed by commentary and Q&A by our fellow DAFer and veteran F-100 pilot Fritz Probst who shared some of his exhilarating, frightening and funny experiences flying this historically significant and controversial aircraft. Thanks Fritz for supplying the film and sharing your experiences with us all!

 

For the 19 DAFers (10 airplanes) that made the trip to Taos NM, the weekend offered some big challenges. The weekend started early for 15 of the DAFers with a stop in Sedona on Thursday night. The Sedona contingent was greeted on arrival with crosswinds varying from 15 to 40 or so knots. One crew made the wise choice and landed in Cottonwood (windy but more aligned with the runway) and drove the final miles in the "classic" airport car. The author was last to arrive at Sedona and did not get to witness any of the previous arrivals. The descriptions of landings continued to get more fantastic as Thursday evening progressed and this will likely continue at future happy hours.

Friday morning arrived with new and different weather challenges. For the Sedona group, the flight to Taos was split between IFR and VFR operations with all crews making the flight relatively uneventfully. For the crews that left Torrance on Friday, the task was much more challenging. One crew flew the mission VFR under the clouds following a somewhat circuitous routing and arrived successfully. Another crew stopped in Phoenix for lunch and to review their Cirrus flight manual to confirm that they were approved for known icing and thunderstorm penetration. Upon failing to find such approval, they wisely decided that Torrance was not a bad place to be.

All participants finally met up at happy hour on Friday at the Hotel and stories were exchanged. After a lengthy discussion of exactly what constitutes VMC (e.g. in what direction do you need to see 3 miles, and is the airspace really "controlled") the group separated into groups and ventured into town looking for dinner.

Activities resumed on Saturday morning with the drive to Los Alamos to visit the Bradbury Science Museum. A very few defectors skipped the Los Alamos trip, choosing to visit Taos Galleries instead (go figure). The fascinating Bradbury Museum describes the Manhattan project and provides historical perspective. Among other displays, there is a description of the computing technology that was in use of the time. Several DAFers were observed discussing the history of the early processors and their personal experiences with each of the IBM examples. The group escaped the museum before one of the DAFers found a sharpie to start correcting the display text.

With very vague instructions in hand (or not), the group found the lunch restaurant with minimal circling and had a nice lunch.
The drive back to Taos was uneventful with the exception of a brief lightning show, and Saturday evening was basically a repeat of Friday.
The weather on Sunday for the return trip was much improved, with reports of good visibility and the occasional tailwind. The organizers thank all that participated. There were a number of DAFers that signed up but decided not to make the trip due to the uncertain weather. That is never a bad decision, but you were missed and we look forward to seeing you on the next mission.

 

May 2015 dinnerThe June program featured Photographer Dan Wolfe, who shared some of his amazing aerial photoraphy and videos. We enjoyed learning how his team uses their unique aerial camera system (Gyron) for aerial photography. Dan, along with Jesse, one of his Wolfe Air Aviation Photographers, added color to the challenges of filming while flying (e.g. how not to get air sick while looking at a small screen in a wildly maneuvering aircraft) and the choreograhpic art of capturing those amazing images between tow or more aircraft, the landscape and the light.  More photos here.

 

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