OCALA CHATTER


OCALA CHATTER
The January 23, 2019 meeting of the Ocala Florida Aero
Club was brought to order by President, Gary Winter.  Gary
led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America, and
prayer.  There were no minutes due to having the Christmas
party in December.  Our first meeting of 2019 began with a
great meal and our speaker Major Robert (Bob) Mathews.  
Major Mathews enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1956 after
graduating from high school.  While serving in Force Recon,
Bob was offered the opportunity to go to Flight School.  In
November 1960 2nd Lt. Bob Matthews received his Wings
and Commission with orders to VMF-333, an F-8 Squadron
in Beaufort, SC.  In January 1965, Bob took a temporary
assignment as Officer in Charge of the Marine Corps’ only
full-time Parachute Team.  His Team was the first US Men’s
Team to ever win an Overall Gold medal in international
competition.
As the Vietnam War was heating up, the team was
disbanded seven months later and Bob rejoined VMFA-531.
In March of 1967, while conducting a dawn Line of
Communication check on the southern edge of the DMZ in
the 01, Bob was severely wounded by ground fire and was
evacuated to Great Lakes Naval Hospital, his home for the
next fifteen months.  In June of 1968 Bob was given
permission to remain on active-duty, now a Major, Bob
transitioned to the Boeing CH-46 helicopter.  Bob retired in
May of 1971 as a Major, Naval Aviator, Naval Senior
Parachutist with fourteen years; eight months active-duty,
twenty-seven months combat time; 3,600 hours flight time,
over 1,000 of those in the Phantom; 1,200 parachute jumps;
The Silver Star, 26 Air Medals, The Purple Heart, Vietnam
Cross of Gallantry with Palm & Frame, Vietnam Cross of
Gallantry with Star, Five Vietnam Service Medals, and his
own B25 Mitchell Bomber.
In 1988 he and his partner Steve Snyder established the
National Parachute Test Center, (NPTC), at X-35, the
Dunnellon Airport. Following the tragic death of his friend
and partner, Snyder, in June of 1999, Bob concentrated on
developing NPTC into a modern test facility.  In 2011, at the
request of fellow jumpers, Bob established “X 35 the
Airborne School” to teach Airborne Parachuting techniques.
Bob is organizing and training forty round parachute jumpers
for the 75th Anniversary Reenactment of the D-Day Invasion
in June in France.  There will be the final practice jump from
two vintage C47’s, February 23, 2019 with forty jumpers in
WWII era uniforms and equipment, jumping in unison.
Thank you Bob for a wonderful program, I know it was
enjoyed by all who attended.
The 50/50 was won by Ellen Wenk, she won $41.00.
The meeting was adjourned with a first from Steve Rager
and seconded by Steve Wolf.
Sherryl Rager, Secretary
January 23, 2019
                        Calandar for 2019

        
            
   
 FEBRUARY  22        
Speaker        Title          Bruce McGragor        Silver Eagle

Descriptoin:  A Silver Eagle is a Cessna 210 which has been converted to a
turbine.  Bruce will discuss flying and maintaining this unique type of
aircraft.                 
     
       
    MARCH 28
Speaker        Title         MAJ Stalnaker        Commander - Gp 2 - FL Wing

Description:  The CAP is the civilian all-volunteer leg of the Air Force.  It  
conducts appr. 95% of all Inland Search and Rescue missions.  The CAP also
has an award-winning Cadet program for young adults 12-21 that is structured
around an Air Force and aviation.                
            
   
 APRIL  25
Speaker        Title          Ellen Wenk         

Description:  A picture presentation about spending the summers in their home
on Rom Island in the Oslo, Norway Fiord. The home that has been in the family
for generations and is only accessible by boat or helicopter.  Renovations where
the material had to be helicoptered in.        

    MAY  23
Speaker        Title         Mike McClure        Av Envirn & Freight Mgr

Description:  Mike works for the Florida Department of Transportation, Avaition
and Spaceports Office.  His presentation will a discussion on his office
organization and responsibilities.  As an example his office is responsible for all
airport inspection and liciensing including private airports.                 
            
   
         
    JUNE  27
Speaker        Title         Jack Hallett        P-38 Pilot

Description:  Jack was a WWII fighter pilot.  He graduated flight school in Jan
1942 and stayed on as an instructor.  He later flew 104 combat missions with
the 394th Squadron of the 367th Fighter Group flying P-38s and P-47s.  
Jack was among those who flew Top Cover for the D-Day Invasion.                
            
   
 JULY  25
Speaker        Title
            
No Meeting                
            
    
AUGUST  22
Speaker        Title
            
No Meeting                
            
  
  SEPTEMBER  26
Speaker        Title        Chuck Mosley        Navy CDR (RET) /President

Description:  All Coast Aircraft Recovery Inc has been recovering & moving
aircraft since 1999. They have moved all types, models and series of
aircraft for numerous museum facilities and corporations all over the US.  
One notable is the famous EAA  B-29 “DOC” .                
                    
  
  OCTOBER  24
Speaker        Topic        Dave Lehtonen        DFC Cross Society

Description:  The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Society is a national
organization of men and women who have earned the award.  The DFC is
awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces
who distinguishes himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while
participating in aerial flight.  This chapter has written a book and will speak on
their heroic actions in time of war.                 
 
NOVEMBER  22
Speaker        Topic
            
No Meeting                
            
   
 DECEMBER  26
Speaker        Title        Chuck Mosley        Navy CDR (RET) /President

Description:  All Coast Aircraft Recovery Inc has been recovering & moving
aircraft since 1999. They have moved all types, models and series of aircraft
for numerous museum facilities and corporations all over the US.  
One notable is the famous EAA  B-29 “DOC” .