John Fuller flew the T-28 & others in Laos.

Order of Daedalians
P.O. Box 11261
Chandler, Arizona 85248

Rick Felker flew the O-2A out of Pleiku RVN.

Meeting Photos:

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

Thursday, 12 Apr 18
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner

Col John Fuller,
USAF Retired.

Lt Col Rick Felker,
USAF Retired.
"Prairie Fire".
Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

4 oz Filet Mignon,
Chicken Piccata, or
Gran Mariner Salmon.
(they all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual
(collared shirt & slacks)

12 Mar: Staff Mtg
12 Apr: Meeting
16 Apr: Staff Mtg
10 May: Meeting
14 May: Staff Mtg
Summer Break
13 Sep: Meeting
17 Sep: Staff Mtg
11 Oct: Meeting
15 Oct: Staff Mtg
8 Nov: Meeting
12 Nov: Staff Mtg
13 Dec: Meeting
17 Dec: Staff Mtg
Click for info on the Daedalians' seal.The Order of Daedalians honors, as its Founder Members, all WW I aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military pilots no later than the Armistice on 11 November 1918. It perpetuates their names as the first to fly our country’s airplanes in time of war. The Daedalian’s membership of commissioned, warrant and flight officer military pilots and WASPs, with its worldwide network of Daedalian Flights and its comprehensive awards program, supports the military services and other aerospace activities. The Awards and Scholarship Programs of the Daedalian’s and Foundation encourage patriotism, integrity, and good character in our nation’s youth; military careers as commissioned pilots; safety of flight, and excellence in the performance of military duties. The Daedalian Foundation’s scholarship program also promotes study in aerospace disciplines.  For more, visit their web site: (Note: Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)
MACV/SOG "Prairie Fire"
Of the many military activities reported during the Vietnam War, little has been written about the United States cross-border ground reconnaissance operations conducted in Laos and Cambodia.  Despite this absence of data, the participation of the U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam's (MACV) Studies and Observation Group (SOG), and its ground reconnaissance component, Operations 35 (OPS-35), in strategic intelligence gathering is a historical fact.  The name of the first series of SOG patrols into Laos was 'Shining Brass' (later renamed 'Prairie Fire') conducted between 1965 and 1969. These patrols began when intelligence reports indicated that the Ho Chi Minh Trail was expanding to meet the increasing demand for men and material in the South.  To determine the nature and location of these activities in Laos, the OPS-35 forces conducted reconnaissance missions with units known as 'Spike Teams' comprising six to twelve men (two to four U.S. personnel and four to eight indigenous personnel).  Click for more information.

Ron Diedrichs, Bill Follette, Art Stark, and Frank Stookey.

      Elected Officers:  
          Flight Captain: Frank Stookey, USA Retired (biography)
          Vice Flight Captain & Audio-Visual: Art Stark USAF Retired
          Treasurer: Bill Follette, USAF Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
          Provost Marshal: Ron Diedrichs, USAF Retired
      Appointed Staff:  
          Flight Adjutant: Jim Adkins, USA Retired
          Elements Coordinator & Chaplain: Tom Waldron, USAF Retired
         Assistant Treasurer: Jim Vanedeventer, USAF Retired
         Assistant Scholarships Chairman: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Assistant Audio-Visual: Kurt Gearhart, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Gary Klein, USMC Retired
          Web Site, Newsletter & Membership: Pat Dooley, USAF Retired

Normally, Willie Flight 82 meets monthly, September through May, on the second Thursday of the month, but the date can change (see calendar left).  The dinner meeting social hour starts at 1800, with dinner served about 1900, followed by a speaker -- we're usually finished by about 2100. Meeting location and other information are shown in the left column
Reservations are made by contacting the appropriate Element Leader listed in the monthly newsletter.


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