Our speaker, Tom Kirk, flew the F-105.

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

F-105 Thunderchief flight over Vietnam.

Meeting Photos:

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

Thursday, 9 Feb 17
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner

 Col Thomas Kirk,
USAF Retired.

(click for biography)
Going North in
the F-105.
(Rolling Thunder)
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.
(all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual
(slacks & collared shirt)

9 Mar: Meeting
13 Mar: Staff Mtg
13 Apr: Meeting
17 Apr: Staff Mtg
11 May: Meeting
15 May: Staff Mtg
Summer Break
14 Sep: Meeting
18 Sep: Staff Mtg
12 Oct: Meeting
16 Oct: Staff Mtg
9 Nov: Meeting
13 Nov: Staff Mtg
14 Dec: Meeting
18 Dec: Staff Mtg

Page updated: 15 Feb 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: www.daedalians.org. (Note: Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)
Col Thomas Kirk
While leading the largest fighter-bomber raid of the Vietnam War
on 28 October, 1967, Colonel Kirk’s F-105 was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Hanoi, North Vietnam. With his ship engulfed in flames, he was forced to parachute from the plane.  Upon landing, he was captured immediately, and spent five and one-half years as a Prisoner of War at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison camp. He was released after the war’s end in March, 1973.  He went on to command a Pilot Training Wing in Alabama, serve as Deputy Commander of the Lowry Technical Training Center, and was Vice Commander of Special Forces at US European Command, prior to his retirement in 1978. Click here for his complete biography.
MOAA Golf Tournament:  Our flight has been invited to play in the Arizona Chapter of MOAA on Friday, 21 April at the Starfire Golf Course.  We would like to field a couple of foursomes -- please contact either Jim Adkins or Ron Perkins to sign up.  Click here for details.

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
          Asst Scholarships Chairman: Joe Abel, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Gary Klein, USA 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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