Upcoming Fly-In

Santa YnezOn March 21, DAFers are headed to beautiful Santa Ynez airport for a catered Santa Maria-style BBQ lunch on the lawn.  Slow-roasted tri-tip, chicken, vegetable and salad will be cooked and served on-site from Me & Lou's BBQ.  Cost will be $27 per person and will be collected on the date of the event (make checks payable to Larry Chapman).  While there are usually plenty of tables and chairs and Santa Ynez, it might be a good idea to bring a chair or two with you.  We'll meetup at the GAC at 10am.  


Upcoming Dinner Program

MarchThe program this month is about how Southern California won the battle for the skies in WWII. Southern California's historic military aircraft production will be the topic as the speaker for our 17 March dinner meeting, Author Dana Parker, shares insights from his new book, "Building Victory: Aircraft Manufacturing in the Los Angeles Area in World War II." Parker has extensively researched the numerous Southland aircraft factories which employed thousands of local residents in the early 1940's.

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Special Announcements

Historic Aircraft Wrecks of Los Angeles County: G. Pat Macha will be presenting this program at the Westrn Museum of Flying on Saturday, March 21 at 11:00 AM. Museum members free, non-members $5.

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 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.


Pancho BarnesThe January dinner meeting's presentation featured a documentary which chronicled the thrilling life and extraordinary times of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes, an accomplished pilot and entrepreneur of the early 20th Century. In the 1920s and 30s, Barnes broke Amelia Earhart's air-speed record and became Hollywood's top woman stunt pilot. In the 1940s and 50s, she owned and operated the famous "Happy Bottom Riding Club", a fly-in resort located near Edwards Air Force Base and immortalized in the book and film "The Right Stuff." The award winning documentary gave great insight into the life of one of the most colorful and accomplished women pilots of the early 20th Century. Thanks to Larry Chapman for editing and setting up the program.


DSC02543-5895The first fly-in or rather drive-in of 2015 was a lot of fun! Good thing we did a drive-in because the weather was overcast and rainy.   We had a great turn out with about 50 DAFers going to see the movie "Unbroken" and 37 dining at the Red Onion.  The movie was really hard to watch but I think we all were glad we saw it.  There is absolutely no doubt that Louis Zamperini was a  hero.  The Mexican dinner was very good and I think we all had a great time.  Thanks for coming!  Liz and Peter


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