May Monthly Dinner
May 4, 2016
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Bill Gibson is a retired mechanical engineer graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a BS degree in 1950 where one his professors was Albert Einstein’s son. Later he graduated from the Executive Program at the UCLA business school and took many graduate engineering courses at UCLA and USC. He acquired the title of PE (registered professional engineer) by passing two days of State of California proficiency tests. The Army sent him to Iowa Wesleyan College for a few months of technical courses prior to his pilot training in World War II.
During WWII he was a B-17 pilot in the 15th AF in Italy from the end of 1944 seeing combat over most of southern Europe until the war ended in May 1945. At this time he was assigned as an army airline pilot for Homebound Airlines using B-17s flying from Pisa, Italy to Casablanca, in Africa. During this assignment he survived a crash in the Italian Alps where 16 out of 20 people were killed. He spent eleven months in 10 hospitals getting repaired from injuries. After getting released from hospitals he married Barbara Day, one of his many nurses and had four daughters, one being Claire Mullisen, a life member of the Estrella Warbird Museum along with her husband Ron.
One of Bill's first engineering assignments was designing fuel booster pumps for the SR-71 with fuel temperatures up to 400 Deg F. Another tough engineering job was designing the 72 fuel and oxidizer hypergolic valves used on each Space Shuttle. For Otis Elevator he was in charge of the design of 100 passenger people mover trains that were elevated from the ground on a film of air.
Bill Gibson is a survivor as his story will tell about "escaping death" in pilot training, in combat, airline flying and engineering jobs.
View thank you card from April dinner speakers 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
US Air Force SuperCar - "Vapor" Coming to Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8
One of the most stealth cars on the planet is visiting Estrella Warbird Museum, Saturday, May 7th, as part of the Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8 event. You don't want to miss the largest event of the year at the Museum. It's a great opportunity to bring the kids, visitors, neighbors and those you meet at work.
Its time to come on down and enjoy the weekend festivities. There will be plenty of cars, vendors, music, food, even a beer court!
View pictures of Vapor click here.
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