A USAF Cessna A-37B "Dragonfly".

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

Sep Speaker, Hank Hoffman, with A-37.

Meeting Photos:

May 2016

April 2016

Luke F-35 Visit

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

Thursday, 8 Sep 16
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner

Col Hank Hoffman
(click for biography)
The A-37 "Dragonfly"
in Vietnam.
(A-37 in Airshow)
Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

Meat Loaf Wellington,
Panko Chicken,
or Sea Bass.
(all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual

Summer Break
8 Sep: Meeting
12 Sep: Staff Mtg
13 Oct: Meeting
17 Oct: Staff Mtg
10 Nov: Meeting
14 Nov: Staff Mtg
8 Dec: Meeting
12 Dec: Staff Mtg
12 Jan: Meeting
16 Jan: Staff Mtg
9 Feb: Meeting
13 Feb: Staff Mtg
9 Mar: Meeting
13 Mar: Staff Mtg
13 Apr: Meeting
17 Apr: Staff Mtg
11 May: Meeting
15 May: 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 Order'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 Order 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: www.daedalians.org. (Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)
Daedalians' Membership Criteria Changes: Recently, members voted to change the Order's membership criteria to include additional aircrew personnel (click for details).
The A-37 "Dragonfly"From 1964-1966, the U.S. Air Force evaluated two modified T-37 trainers, designated YAT-37Ds, as prototypes for a counter-insurgency (COIN) attack/reconnaissance aircraft to use in Southeast Asia. Following this evaluation, the USAF contracted Cessna to modify 39 T-37Bs into A-37As in 1967.  Later that year, the USAF sent 25 A-37As, nicknamed "Super Tweets," to Southeast Asia for combat evaluation under the name Combat Dragon.  These aircraft primarily flew close air support, night interdiction and forward air control missions in South Vietnam and southern Laos.  Based on the successful results of Combat Dragon, the USAF ordered newly built A-37Bs, which had cockpit armor, more powerful engines, redundant flight controls, provision for aerial refueling and a strengthened airframe.  Of the 577 A-37Bs built, the USAF provided 254 to the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) to replace their aging A-1 Skyraiders.  Although the A-37B served with the USAF for only a short period, a number of A-37Bs remained in use with the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard as observation/flight attack aircraft until the last one was retired in 1992. (Source: USAF Museum Fact Sheet.)

Elected Officers: Ron Perkins, Jim Vandeventer, Art Stark & Gerry Homewood.

          Flight Captain: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Vice Flight Captain & Audio-Visual: Art Stark USAF Retired
          Treasurer: Jim Vandeventer, USAF Retired
          Flight Adjutant: Jim Adkins, USA Retired
          Provost & Chaplain: Ron Perkins, USAF Retired
          Elements Coordinator: Frank Stookey, USA Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Royce Brownfield, USAF Retired
          Golf Chairman: Paul Wenz, USN 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 upper left column
Reservations are made by contacting the appropriate Element Leader listed in the monthly newsletter.


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