Our September speaker was Jill Rutan Hoffman who regaled us with inspirational stories about the historic 1986 record-setting, around-the-world flight of the Voyager by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager.
As the daughter of world famous pilot, Dick Rutan, and niece of revolutionary aeronautical designer, Burt Rutan; Jill’s inspirational and humorous stories presented an up close and personal look into the lives of two of the greatest adventurers of our time and demonstrated what can be accomplished with a nothing-is-impossible attitude.
The collection of aircraft and aviation memorabilia at the museum is massive, including an SR-71 and many aircraft rarely seen up close. The B-47 and B-52 were there with their massive landing gear, along with the Globemaster, Flying Boxcar, and an assortment of smaller aircraft. There was plenty of time after lunch to wander the grounds and check them out, before Mitch and Patti took over the driving duties to get everyone back to the airport.
Many thanks to Million Air and their staff. They opened on Saturday just for the DAF, had everything waiting for us, and gave us the use of their crew cars for the day. They did a great job, and made us feel very welcome. The civilian Airport Manager, Gary Gosiglia, showed up as well to greet us. Great things are happening there, and it's nice to see new opportunities for General Aviation.
Finally, thanks go to Dan Delane, for setting everything up. After all that effort, he wasn't able to attend the fly-in due to work!
This year's party was a great success, and most of that is due to all the volunteers that make it happen. The whole DAF board worked hard to put it together, chaired by Linda Howard and with help from Wayne and Maria Grau, Liz Broen, Gary Palmer, and more people that I'm sure I've left out. There were also all the people who showed up to set up on Saturday and clean up on Sunday. Lamby and Sally graciously volunteered the use of their hangar, even though they couldn't make the party. The person who probably worked the hardest of all, though, was Al Gibbs. His backdrop of the Nautilus wheelhouse was a labor of love, and he put the time in to prove it. Thanks to everyone involved, and special thanks to Al!
If you have suggestions for a theme for next year's party, or would like to get involved in organizing it, please talk to any board member. We can use all the help we can get, and it's a lot of fun as well.
Future Programs: If you have any ideas for a program or you would like to present a program, please click on the ‘Suggest a Dinner Program’ link on the Home Page or call Steve Sappington and Nancy Schunke at 310-375-6598.
Saturday, the group dispersed to enjoy kayaking, bike riding, fishing (as opposed to "catching"), hiking, and touring Lava Lands. The weather was beautiful, with perfect temperatures for outdoor pursuits. After the day's action, another cocktail party was followed by a group dinner at Greg's Grill in the Old Mill District. Good food and good company, with a great view of the river.
Sunday, the weather was back to some low clouds and a little rain, but again nothing that prevented a safe VFR flight. Everyone had a safe trip home, including those who made a few other stops on the way.
Thanks to Larry and Jodie for arranging the trip, and special thanks to Nancy Schunke for setting up Saturday's dinner.
The sun made a bit of an appearance as the day wore on, and the temperature was about ideal. Despite the lack of aviating, it was a great day. Many thanks to all the volunteers who got not only got everything set up, but stayed to take it down and put it all away. It couldn’t have happened without them.