Upcoming Fly-In

PlacervilleDAFers will be flying into Hangtown (a.k.a. Placerville, CA) in the heart of beautiful Gold Country for the weekend of April 24-26. We will be staying at the Placerville Best Western (530-622-9100). At this point, our block may have expired but as of March 28, King-bed rooms were still available at an AAA rate of $135/night. Mention the Del Amo Flyers, and you may still be able to get a discount. 

Planned activities will include a Friday night Happy Hour, a gourmet picnic lunch at the nearby Boeger winery, and tour of an old gold mine. There will be plenty of free time as well to explore downtown Placerville and the surrounding area.

Upcoming Dinner Program

IMG 0574When Luxury Floated Through the Skies: Travel and Dining abourd Zeppelins  The earliest form of aerial transportation was arguably the most glamorous - zeppelins competed with ocean liners for comfort, and far outpaced them for speed. Passengers could travel from Germany to Brazil in a mere four days, or to America in three, all the time enjoying unparalleled views by day, gourmet meals and music from the world's only aluminum piano by night. Richard Foss, author of "Food in the Air and Space: The Surprising History of Food and Drink in the Skies" will transport you to the brief, doomed era of the giant airships.

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Special Announcements

2015 Fly-ins Finalized  All of the fly-ins have been selected for 2015, allowing everyone to plan ahead and set their schedules. The fly-in dates and details can be found here.

Salute to Louis Zamperini: May 4-6, the Western Museum of Light will host the Collings Foundation's "Wings of Freedom" tour. Volunteers are needed to help out. More information and sign-up at TorranceAirport.org.



The March dinner meeting's presentation was about how Southern California won the battle for the skies in WWII. Local historic military aircraft production was the topic as the speaker, author Dana Parker, shared historic photos and insights from his new book, "Building Victory,: Aircraft Manufacturing in the Los Angeles Area in World War II." Parker extensively researched the numerous Southland aircraft factories which employed thousands of local residents in the early 1940's.

 

Our March flypin was a lunch fly-in to Santa Ynez airport, with a catered BBQ. Larry and Jodie did a great job of planning and arranging, and the weather cooperated as well, although a bit sullenly. The overcast at Torrance cleared just in time to get everyone there before the food had a chance to cool, while the weather at Santa Ynez was just about perfect. 30 people made the trip, in about 12 aircraft. Good food, good company, and a great day all around.

 

The dinner meeting's presentation was "Wings: Grandeur In The Sky," a documentary that highlights the aerial and cinematic achievements of the 1927 film "Wings," the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and a triumph of silent cinema. The documentary gave great insight into the difficulties in making the film and how they achieved the aeronautical stunts and filmed the amazing aerial sequences. The movie "Wings" will be playing at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo with live organ accompaniment March 13-15. If you would like to join Steve and Nancy at the OTMH, Saturday 14 March, give them a call.

 

Our February Fly-in was a complex operation, with airport transportation, a buffet lunch, and tours of the Mission Inn all combined with uncertain weather. The DAF came through with flying colors (or in some cases, driving colors), with more than 35 people arriving at the Inn on time for the buffet lunch (with some amazing desserts!). Peter did yeoman's work as chauffer, shuttling the people who made the flight from the airport to the Inn. Our tour guides were extremely knowledgable about the long and varied history of the Mission Inn, and provided an excellent perspective on the Inn and it's guests. Many thanks to Liz and Peter for all their work.

 

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