Air Group One BBQ & General Member Meeting
Special guest Speakers...
Bob Friend & Nelson Robinson
The history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is inspirational to people of all ages. Their life lessons can impart a special meaning for people from all walks of life. From a child in awe of a red-tailed airplane, to the elderly veteran full of gratitude for their fellow war heroes, there is something in each of their stories that can inspire us all to live better, fuller and braver lives.
One such hero is Robert Friend, one of the oldest living original Tuskegee Airmen pilots. Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1920, Friend was interested in aviation from a young age. He read stories of World War I pilots in old magazines and made his own makeshift airplanes for imaginative play. Friend had wanted to enlist in the Army to fly for our country, but was turned away. Even though the country was making preparations for war, black Americans could not join the Armed Forces to serve as pilots.
Another such here is Nelson Robinson. At 17 years of age, and serving as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol, Nelson voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) at Smokey Hill AAB, Salina Kansas, in February 28, 1946. He began Basic Training at Shepherd AAB, Texas and finished at Scott Field, Illinois. He then completed aircraft mechanics school at Keelser Field, Mississippi and P-47 fighter aircraft specialist school at Chanute Field, Illinois. He was then assigned to Lockbourne Army Air Base, Columbus, OH; an all-black military base which was commanded then by Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. At Lockbourne, Nelson was assigned as a P-47N (Jug) fighter aircraft, flight line “Crew Chief,” in the famous all-black 99th Fighter Squadron of the 477th Composite Group & the 332nd Fighter Group known formally as the “Tuskegee Airmen,” which Nelson proudly was.
Air Group One BBQ & General Member Meeting
Special guest Speaker...
CODE TALKERS: THE NAVAJO WEAPON
In honor of Navajo Code Talker Sam Tsosie Sr, his son, Michael Tsosie, will do a presentation on the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII.
Growing up, young Navajo were told not to speak their language. But as young Marines in a country at war, men like Samuel Tsosie Sr., Chester Nez and Carl Gorman found their words were their mightiest weapons.
Many scholars credit Philip Johnston with initiating the Code Talker idea. Johnston was a Caucasian who grew up in Leupp, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. He approached the Marine Corps in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor and proposed using Native American Navajo language for combat communications.
His knowledge of the Navajo culture led him to bring four Navajo volunteers to Camp Elliott in San Diego, California (an area that is now part of MCAS-Miramar) for a demonstration. Impressed with successful and efficient English and Navajo translations, the Marine Corps began recruiting Navajos. The first group of twenty-nine recruits entered boot camp, took courses in military communication procedures and developed the code. Approximately 400 Navajo recruited by the Marines learned the code.
The code required proficiency in both English and Navajo. Each letter of the alphabet and common names and words corresponded to English and Navajo code words. Frequently used letters received alternate code words, requiring Code Talkers to memorize hundreds of terms in both languages.
Navajo Code Talkers located on both ends of the radio spoke their own language while using coded phrases not used in their language. For example, the Navajo word for buzzard, jeeshóóʼ, was used for bomber, while the code word used for submarine, béésh łóóʼ, meant iron fish in Navajo.
The Marine Corps deployed the Code Talkers to the Pacific, where the code proved effective and indecipherable. In addition to relaying communications, Marines in the Code Talker program performed other valuable military duties in battles such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Working around the clock during the first two days of Iwo Jima, six Navajo Code Talkers sent and received over 800 messages, all without error. According to Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division Signal Officer, “Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima”.
The Navajo code is the only spoken military code that was never deciphered. The code remained classified until 1968.
Air Group One, CAF thanks the Mike Tsosie Family for sharing their knowledge of the Navajo Code Talkers story.
AIR GROUP ONE
Lunch with Santa !!
Join Air Group One in a special Lunch with Santa. We're partnering with Santee Santas and ask that guests bring a donation of food or a toy.
Your donation of non-perishable food items (please do not donate items with a soon to expire date on them) and new, unwrapped toys will go a long way towards making it a very special holiday for a young girl or boy and his or her family. Non-perishable food items appropriate to the holiday season are appreciated. On behalf of the many families we assist every year, thank you so very much!
This is a reminder of the upcoming Gillespie Pilots Association Meeting and will be held at the Gillespie Field Administration/Terminal Building, 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, El Cajon.
Following the GPA meeting at 10:30 a.m., we will be flying kids through our EAA Young Eagles Program. We expect to have about 15 kids flying this month. If you are a pilot, and able to fly some kids, please reply to this email. Thank you in advance for volunteering for this important event!
As always, free coffee and Mary’s Donuts will be served at our meeting. We hope you can make it to this important meeting!
Gillespie Pilots Association
GPA's general membership meetings are typically held the first Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. in the Gillespie Field Administration Building, 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020. Refreshments are provided, and meetings usually last about an hour (though hangar talk can go on indefinitely afterwards).
Our general meetings are a good place for you to get to know your fellow Gillespie pilots and to find out what's going on at your airport.
A message from GPA President Rick Fordem
Aviation Photography Class
Air Group One, the San Diego Chapter of the Commemorative Air Force is sponsoring a workshop on Aviation Photography.
The class will cover the basics of airplane photography including composition, lighting, ground to air photography and equipment.
This informative class will be held on August 12th from 5pm-8pm at the Gillespie Field terminal building.
There will be about an hour or so of discussion and an hour and a half of shooting one or two static airplanes between 7ish and 8ish. Sunset on the 12th is 7:36pm.
Bring whatever equipment you would like, including a hat, sunscreen, and water.
The class is $50 per person non-refundable. Due to anticipated high demand, class size will be limited to 20. There will be no refunds and all payments will be considered a donation to Air Group One, CAF, a 501c3 educational non-profit
John Ford Photography
The class is being led by John Ford, a commercial photographer since the early 80’s. For the last 10 years he's specialized in aviation photography and for the last 3 years of the airshow, “Wings over Gillespie” he led the photo Tour.
He is a member of the International Society of Aviation Photography.
Questions? Email John Ford
Air Group One
Air Group One is the San Diego Wing of the "Commemorative Air Force"
The mission of the Commemorative Air Force is education, such that generations of Americans will value and support the contributions of military aviation in assuring our nation’s freedom.
Air Group One and the Gillespie Field Cafe present
Join us as the Gillespie Field Cafe comes alive with sounds of Live Music, Good Food, Great People, Hot Rod Cars, and WWII and Antique Airplanes.
WAI SD is setting up a booth this Friday at Fly Days to promote Girls in Aviation Day. Please come support us and stop by the booth. Wear your GiAD or WAI shirt 👚
Special Guest Aircraft
Extra 300, T-6, Stearmans and more!
Pre-Order a warbird ride in an SNJ/T-6 for that special someone. Special event rides as low as $125.
Special Musical Guest
Sue Palmer Trio
The Sue Palmer Trio will make their premier appearance at Gillespie Field on August 4th, 4:30-8pm. Sue will be showcasing her award winning boogie woogie chops on piano, with vocalist Deejha Marie, and Pete Harrison on bass. The renowned Queen of Boogie Woogie has wowed audiences all over the world with her special brand of pizazz, including recent Boogie shows in Tucson, The Netherlands, Russia, and San Diego's own Gator By the Bay Festival-where she sat in with the great Marcia Ball. Dancers WATCHOUT!!!!
Sue Palmer website
Sue Palmer Facebook
Special Car Guests
40's & 50's Hot Rods
Want to display your vintage or unique aircraft at FlyDay?
Are you a Pin-up Model & want to participate?
Join Air Group One in supporting our partners at the USS Midway on Saturday May 27 - 29.
Air Group One's SNJ-5 Sassy will perform at flyover at the Wreath Ceremony!
The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. Understandably the busiest weekend of the year, the Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers our heroes as it celebrates our military heritage. Weekend activities and events offer the community an affordable and inspiring way to kick off summer in San Diego.
Come Support Air Group One!!!
This year America on Main is celebrated on May 20 and is planned to coincide with Armed Forces Day. This entertaining and exciting family friendly event is held in Downtown El Cajon on East Main Street and Rea Avenue, between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues, from 12pm to 8pm with expected attendance of 30,000!
America on Main Street is an Admission FREE event
in the Heart of Downtown El Cajon on
May 20 from 12pm - 8pm!
Air Group One Commemorative Golf Tournament
COMMEMORATE • EDUCATE • MOTIVATE
Held at the beautiful Maderas Golf Club in sunny San Diego, this fundraising tournament supports Air Group One's Mission of Education and Commemoration.
ABOUT MADERAS GOLF CLUB
Welcome to Maderas Golf Club in San Diego, a Johnny Miller masterpiece. Rated the top ranked Golf Course in San Diego County seven consecutive years by the Zagat Survey, Maderas Golf Club offers beauty and challenge as it winds through the cliffs, rock outcroppings, creeks, and forests of the inland hill country of north San Diego.
Golf in San Diego has never been better, step onto the first tee and enjoy the courses three lakes, five waterfalls, and over forty acres of native wildflowers. Maderas Golf Club is the number one golf course in San Diego for a reason, experience it for yourself.
Air Group One and the Gillespie Field Cafe present
The 4th Annual
Join us as the Gillespie Field Cafe comes alive with sounds of Live Music, Good Food, Great People, Hot Rod Cars and WWII and Antique Airplanes!
Chuck Hall & "Six Shooter"
SNJ-5, T-34, A2D Skyshark & more!
Special Musical Guest
THEO & the ZYDECO PATROL
With the sound Straight from the backwoods zydeco dance clubs, backyard crawfish boil parties, and bayou festivals ,Theo and the Zydeco Patrol Brings the best of Southwest Louisiana dance music to the world music stages. Featuring the diatonic Cajun-style button accordion and playing blues on the steel drums. Theo and Zydeco Patrol cooks up a fiery mix of Cajun and Zydeco music that is hot hot hot.
Theo & the Zydeco Patrol is a Cajun blues band fronted by Theo Bellow, who grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, a mile from the famous Hamilton's Club mentioned in Paul Simon's Graceland album. Major tours include a 1995 west coast tour with Boo Zoo Chavis, and a U.S./Canadian tour with Buckwheat Zydeco in 1997.
Special Car Guests
Shelby Cobra Car Club, David Huber's Roush P-51 Mustang car, Model A's & other Mustangs
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Air Group One's SNJ-5 "Sassy" will perform a Commemorative flyover of Fort Rosecrans in Honor of the Past and to Inspire the Future
Overview of the event:
We are celebrating the National Park Service centennial all throughout 2016 and the culminating event for this historic milestone at Cabrillo National Monument will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States entrance into World War II. The theme is life of the home front, honoring the past and inspiring the future. We aim to share with the public how the war affected the daily lives of people living in the United States.
As we look forward to the next 100 years of stewardship, how will we interpret the stories and events of the 21st century in our parks? We invite you to join us for this important event.
The event will feature:
- Tours of the restored military history bunker Battery Command E by reenactors dressed in period correct attire.
- A flyover by a WWII era plane, a 1943 SNJ-5, "Sassy.” THE AIRPLANE THAT TRAINED MANY OF OUR AMERICAN AND ALLIED WWII PILOTS!
- Lady Liberty Car Show, featuring cars from 1940’s and earlier. Vote for the people’s choice award and get your photo taken with classy ladies dressed in the finest 1940’s period dresses.
- An interpretative exhibit displaying the Medal of Honor awarded to William Cronan in 1906 for his heroic actions during the explosion of the gunboat USS Bennington in 1906. William Cronan went on to serve as a Lieutenant Commander in Hawaii during WWII.
- Guided Ranger walks to the searchlight bunker and generator room.
- Presentations by men and women who lived on the home front in San Diego during the war.
- Ranger programs about what life was like in the United States during the war.
Have you ever wondered...? Part 2
IT'S SASSY ANNUAL TIME
Ok, so it ain't glamorous, but if you've a hankerin' for some good ol' fashioned - under the hood - grease work. Look no further than Air Group One's own SNJ "Sassy"
We'r continuin Dirty Girl month around these parts and us folks here are lookin for some grease monkeys to lend a paw. Opposable thumbs not required.
Come high 9am Nov 17th at the Air Group One corral, come for an hour or the whole day. Sidle on by and sit for a spell. It's all good. And we'll do it again December 1st - 4th
Hope to see you here partner.
Join Air Group One in supporting the San Diego Chapter of the Antique Airplane Association' Vintage Wings & Wheels Fall Festival
We are pleased to announce that on November 5, 2016 the AAASDC club will be having an awesome family event for the members at Allen Airways Museum that spills out into Speer Field, the surrounding parking lots and fields of Gillespie Field in El Cajon.
We are forecasting to have the following antique auto clubs:
- Model A Club(s)
- Packard Club
- Antique Truck Club
- Branch 22 Antique Tractor Club
We will also be displaying some amazing antique & vintage airplanes, of course. Live Auctions including "once in a lifetime" airplane rides to raise scholarship funds for our chapter to give out to the next generation of Antiquers. "Keep them flying!!"
There will also be live music & entertainment, food, raffles, auctions and several other activities for the whole family and friends to enjoy.
Thank you and hope to see all of you at this amazing event!!!
Join Air Group One and "Sassy" in celebration of the 51st annual Borrego Days festival
Air Group One will be selling rides on our SNJ-5 Sassy at the Borrego Valley Airport all day Saturday October 22nd. Join us there!
In Borrego Springs we are completely surrounded by nature, set in the midst of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Enjoy our nature on your own terms, hike a desert canyon or just relax by the pool, play some golf or watch the roadrunners, and always amaze yourself with our dark night sky. There is no hustle-bustle here. Borrego Springs is a small town and we're proud of that, a small town that will seem like home as soon as you get here.
The 51st Borrego Days Desert Festival brings together the best parts of this gorgeous desert town: beautiful art, world class hospitality, lovely weather, desert blooms, and family fun!
The FREE festivities begin Friday, October 21, 5 PM – 9 PM and continue Saturday, October 22 from 10 AM – 9 PM and Sunday, October 23 from 10 AM - 5 PM at Christmas Circle, Borrego’s green oasis.
Make Saturday morning October 22 a family affair and head into the heart of town for the beloved Borrego Days Parade, featuring 80 over-the-top entries!
Find a spot along Palm Canyon Drive or on the Circle and settle in to witness the excitement of the Borrego Days Parade as it steps off at 10 AM with a spectacular multi-plane flyover.
Dance along with marching bands as competing schools from San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties play to win first place.
Watch in awe as Spanish, trick and western reenactment equestrian groups mount up and take the parade route.
Admire the beauty of the classic cars as they roll through town and wave enthusiastically to catch the eye of the queens and their courts.
The Borrego Days Parade is a showcase of the creativity that exemplifies this beautiful desert gem of a town. As the parade wraps up, the festivities continue at the Circle. Wander through the rows of booths and enjoy the talented artists, large variety of one-of-a-kind goods, refreshing cold brews in the beverage garden, and a plethora of delicious festival food offerings. Live music will get you in the groove to dance away your day in the shade.
The children will be delighted with all the special activities in store for them in the carnival fun zone, open until 5PM daily Saturday and Sunday. Make it a weekend to remember as you Resort to Nature with family and friends at the 51st Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival.
For more information please call (760) 767-5555 or visit BorregoDays.com. The Borrego Days Desert Festival is a project of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau (VisitBorrego.com), serving the needs of the community of Borrego Springs since 1950, and with the support of its 501(c)(3) public benefit fiscal sponsor the Borrego Festivals Foundation (BFF.NGO).
Bath time for "Sassy"!
In preparation for the Miramar airshow, Air Group One's SNJ-5 "Sassy" needs a bath! Join us after the pancake breakfast and help scrub this dirty gal clean. The more the merrier and we'll be done faster than you can say free pizza for lunch!
We Need YOU to help! Email Christopher to join the wash party or just show up and be ready to get git er' done!
The Red Door Films, Delta Air Lines, Jet Source & Women in Aviation International, San Diego Chapter are proud to present: The Greatest Generation Meets the Next Generation: Women in Flight.
A Flight Suit Social* Toast to the WASP!
Join us, Sunday, March 20th at the Jet Source Hangar for an unforgettable afternoon including:
- Champagne toast to Guests of Honor, our Women Airforce Service Pilots
- Hors d'oeuvres
- Panel Discussion with Women Airforce Service Pilots and recent female veteran aviators with audience Q & A
- Photo ops with WASP, including Bee Haydu, Edna Davis & Alyce Rohrer
- Surprise special guests
- Book signings
- Silent Auction
- FlyGirls t-shirts, mugs, & totes available
*For those who might not know, a "Flight Suit Social" is a special event for aviators to wear their flight uniforms with pride. All aviators encouraged to come in their flight suits!
Parking: Jet Source is providing parking, but it is limited, so please car pool. Please contact us if you have any questions.
All proceeds to benefit locating and interviewing the last remaining WASP for the special features of the miniseries, FlyGirls.
Special thanks to our sponsors Jet Source & Women in Aviation, International, San Diego Chapter!
Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar
Jet Source Inc. - 2056 Palomar Airport Road Carlsbad, CA 92011 - View Map
FlyGirls the Series
Organizer of The Greatest Generation Meets The Next Generation: Women In Flight
Contact Matt Jernejcic for details
Air Group One's A-STEM program will be showcased at The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering on March 5th. The festival is a ten-day educational experience including interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in all that encompasses STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The week kicks off with its largest event EXPO Day (March 5th) at PETCO Park. EXPO Day is free and open to the public. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations will participate in EXPO Day in addition to over 60 programs and events that will follow throughout the week all throughout the county of San Diego. More than 75,000 kids, parents, teachers, industry leaders and community members are anticipated to attend during Festival Week.
The first ever 12 Planes of Christmas campaign to support the Commemorative Air Force aircraft will be held the month of December. Give to one of the CAF's most valuable programs - the Restoration Grant Fund. Join the CAF members and warbird enthusiasts in support of restoring, maintaining and flying these vintage military aircraft.
AIR GROUP ONE NEEDS YOU
Air Group One needs help supporting the USS Midway Museum on Nov 11th for their annual Veteran's Day Salute. The event will begin with Sassy and one other (TBD) SNJ/T-6 flyover during the National Anthem and will be covered by a variety of local community and media organizations including NBC-7 news.
The USS Midway is specifically looking for the Air Group One Tent/Info Booth to be manned, as well as the pedal planes.
If anyone is available to volunteer please email Adam Smith
It's a great opportunity to continue our prosperous relationship with the USS Midway.
Date: November 11, 2015
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Location: USS Midway
** Free Admission for Military Veterans w/ ID - November 11, 2015 **
Join us to say "Thank You" to our military veterans with food, live entertainment, KidzZone, activities, prizes, and more!
Festivities will include:
- San Diego Blood Bank Blood Drive, 10 AM - 3 PM (free museum admission with donation)
- Veterans Day Parade, 11 AM
- NBC 7 Salute to Service Festival, 12 PM - 4 PM
Vintage War Plane Flybys!
Please join the Merritt Family, and all of Gillespie Field, Sunday afternoon, November 8th, at 2:30pm to celebrate the life of Howard Leroy Merritt.
Few people enjoyed life more than Howard. We will host a memorial service and lite dinner to observe the 80 wonderful years of his life with family and friends. Bring your Howard story to share, as we celebrate together how this happy and caring man touched all our lives.
If there are any questions, please call Glen at 619-405-5731
Allen Airways Flying Museum
North Marshall Ave. 100 yards west from the base of the Gillespie control tower. Signs will direct you to parking and the hanger.
We would like to thank Mr. Bill Allen for the generous donation allowing us to hold this celebration at the Allen Airways Flying Museum, at Gillespie field airport.
AirShow Volunteer Thank You Party
Join your fellow volunteers and celebrate a successful Air show. Food and drink are on us and you may even win a prize!
Questions? Contact Debbie
Take a look at the Air Show FB Photo Album here!
Friday June 19, 2015, 9AM – 3PM at Gillespie Field before the 2015 AirShow San Diego. Scheduled reserved escorted group tours for all ages of students, about 2 hours. Visit display aircraft and related aviation education booth displays. Experience hands-on aviation with knowledgeable experts, pilots, engineers, college students.
Volunteers are needed for student administration, organization, knowledgeable tour guides, safety escorts.
CONTACT: John Telles at AG-1: email@example.com, and/or cell 760-458-4230. Many more details available upon request.