March Monthly Dinner
March 2d, 2016
Jennifer Bauman and
CAL Poly, SLO Engineering Students
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Jennifer Bauman is a third-year aerospace engineering student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Jenn has devoted countless hours over the last seven years to the warbird restoration and education projects at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in Camarillo, California. After working with Akaflieg München last summer, Jenn was inspired by the Akaflieg flying club model. She has since devoted her time outside of school to making flying more accessible by growing the SLO Akaflieg and working to attain her CFIG (Certified Flight Instructor-Gliders) rating.
Troy Wollman is a fourth-year aerospace engineering student at Cal Poly SLO. He transferred to Cal Poly after two years at Antelope Valley Community College. After discontinuing powered flight training for financial reasons, he is now flying gliders with CCSC (Central California Soaring Club). Troy aims to get his Certified Flight Instructor-Glider rating in order provide free instruction, making aviation accessible to local students who share his passion for flying. After graduation, Troy hopes to work in the aerospace industry to develop more efficient aircraft, and to continue introducing young people to the joys of flight.
The Akafliegs (Academic Flying Clubs) are a collection of ten engineering student-operated glider clubs based in Germany. The clubs provide opportunities for flight training and engineering projects to students of their partner universities. Akaflieg students design, build, and fly experimental gliders. A group of Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering students have organized to implement the first U.S Akaflieg, in partnership with Akaflieg München. This is an awesome opportunity to get students involved in design projects, and low cost flight training in San Luis Obispo County. The Akaflieg San Luis Obispo is currently working on getting a winch operational for flight training.
View pictures from January dinner click here.
Dinner is catered and open to the public ($17/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either On-line HERE or call 805 296-1935
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
It's a great place to make new friends and meet people from all over the world that stop by Paso Robles to visit the museum!
If you would like to volunteers a few hours each month, or week, let us know. We would love to meet you! Stop by the museum or find more information here.
H-19 (Chickasaw) Helicopter Flies Home To Roost
The museum received a H-19 (Chickasaw) helicopter to add to its display of helicopters. The H-19 is a 1950's vintage helicopter that was used during the Korean War.
The recovery team of Gary Corippo (Acquisitions Manager), Bill Lander (Assistant Manager) and Keith Dekker (Restorations) recovered the aircraft at Will J. Fox airfield at Lancaster, CA. The aircraft was loaded on a low bed trailer and trucked to the museum.
The aircraft was formerly used by the US FOrrest Service and had been on display with the Museum of Flight. The H-19 Chickawaw project is being sponsored by William Hearst (Hearst Publishing Corp) as a tribute to George Hearst Jr., William's uncle. George Hearst Jr. flew the H-19 type helicopter in combat during the Korean War. Maker sure you check out the mural rendition of this chopper on the end walls of Freedom Hall).
The Estrella Warbirds Museum team looks forward to restoring the H-19 helicopter as a tribute to the Korean War veterans and to honor George Hearst Jr., for his serice to his country. If you would like to help out on this project, please sure to sent us a note.
View more pictures of the H-19 click here.
For more information on the UH-19D Chickasaw, click here
1944 BSA WD-M20 Motorcycle
Congratulations to Jerry Greer who stepped up with the restoration crew to lead the team in completely restoring this 1944 BSA Motorcyle, currently on loan from Joey Brown.
This is an excellent example of a rare vintage historical artifact utilized by the military in the past, but, for the most part, long forgotten. The motorcyle is currently on display in the Brooks Building. Congratulation on a job well done!
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