USAF Boeing C-17 "Globemaster III".

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

Afghanistan C-17 Airdrop, July 2011.

Meeting Photos:

September 2016

May 2016

April 2016

Luke F-35 Visit

Thursday, 13 Oct 16
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner

Lt Gen Vern Findley
USAF Retired

(click for biography)
C-17 Operations
after 9/11.
(Boeing Video)
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.
(all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual

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: (Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)
C-17 "Globemaster III": The Boeing C-17 made its maiden flight in 1991, and the first production model was delivered to Charleston Air Force Base, SC, in 1993.  The first squadron of C-17s, the 17th Airlift Squadron, was declared operationally ready in 1995.  The aircraft is operated by a crew of three (pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster), reducing manpower requirements, risk exposure and long-term operating costs.  The design of the aircraft allows it to operate through small, austere airfields.  The C-17 can take off and land on runways as short as 3,500 feet and only 90 feet wide. The Air Force originally programmed to buy 120 C-17s -- that was later increased to 223 USAF aircraft, and an additional 44 for our allies.  (Click for the USAF Fact Sheet.)
Daedalians' Membership Criteria Changes
: Recently, members voted to change the Order's membership criteria to include additional aircrew personnel.  (Click for details).

Military Memoirs:  Flight 82 member, Hank Hoffman, our September speaker and an author, has provided a recommended reading list of military memoirs to consider. (Click here.)

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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