The Orbital/ATK Minotaur-C launch vehicle.

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

Orbit/ATK JPSS-2, WX Sat, made in Gilbert.

Meeting Photos:

November 17

October 2017

September 2017

with Spouse/Guest:

Thursday,14 Dec 17
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner


Orbital/ATK, Gilbert
Space Program,
Present & Future

(Also, 2018 officer installations and new member inductions.)

Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

4oz 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:
(For this one)

14 Dec: Meeting
18 Dec: Staff Mtg
11 Jan: Meeting
15 Jan: Staff Mtg
8 Feb: Meeting
12 Feb: Staff Mtg
8 Mar: Meeting
12 Mar: Staff Mtg
12 Apr: Meeting
16 Apr: Staff Mtg
10 May: Meeting
14 May: Staff Mtg
Summer Break


Page updated: 30 Nov 2017

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.)
Gilbert, Arizona, 28 June 2017
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today opened its new Satellite Engineering Building in Gilbert, Arizona.  The expansion of the company’s engineering operations adds 60,000 square feet to the site that includes Orbital ATK’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility, one of the largest and most advanced spacecraft assembly and test facilities in the United States.  With two other locations in Chandler and Mesa, the company’s total footprint in the state now totals nearly 850,000 square feet.  The project is expected to create 155 full-time, high-wage jobs over a five year period.  “Orbital ATK has a rich 25-year history in Arizona supplying valued aerospace and defense products for customers around the world,” said Rick Kettner, Site Director for Orbital ATK’s Gilbert facility. “This expansion allows us to stay ahead of the evolving needs of customers by moving our engineers to a building that’s right next door to the satellite manufacturing facility.  The deeper collaboration between the engineering and production teams will allow us to work more efficiently, deliver increased value and generate new business to create high-paying jobs.  The cooperation we received from the state of Arizona and the town of Gilbert has enabled us to build our future in our own backyard.”        (Source: Orbital/ATK web site.)

Gerry Homewood, Art Stark, Ron Perkins, Bill Follette, Frank Stookey, Jim Adkins & Pat Dooley.

      Elected Officers:  
          Flight Captain: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Vice Flight Captain & Audio-Visual: Art Stark USAF Retired
          Treasurer: Bill Follette, USAF Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
          Provost Marshal: Ron Perkins, USAF Retired
      Appointed Staff:  
          Flight Adjutant: Jim Adkins, USA Retired
          Elements Coordinator & Chaplain: Frank Stookey, USA Retired
        Assistant Treasurer: Jim Vanedeventer, USAF Retired
          Assistant Scholarships Chairman: Joe Abel, 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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