B-52F with AGM 28 "Hound Dog" missiles.

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

The current B-52H is still used worldwide.

Note: Our April & May meetings were canceled, so we're now on summer break until September.

12 Mar 2020
13 Feb 2020
9 Jan 2020


Thursday, 10 Sept
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner

Maj Dave Vangsnes,
USAF Retired
Flying the B-52.
Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

Meat Loaf Wellington, Chicken Cordon Blue,
or Sea Bass.
(they all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$30 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual.

Summer Break
10 Aug: Staff Mtg
10 Sep: Meeting
14 Sep: Staff Mtg
8 Oct: Meeting
12 Oct: Staff Mtg
12 Nov: Meeting
16 Nov: Staff Mtg
10 Dec: Meeting
14 Dec: Staff Mtg
14 Jan: Meeting
18 Jan: Staff Mtg
11 Feb: Meeting
15 Feb: Staff Mtg
11 Mar: Meeting
15 Mar: Staff Mtg
8 Apr: Meeting
12 Apr: Staff Mtg
13 May: Meeting
17 May: Staff Mtg
Click for info on the Daedalians' seal.The Order of Daedalians was organized on March 26, 1934, by a representative group of American World War I pilots to perpetuate the spirit of patriotism, the love of country, and the high ideals of sacrifice which place service to nation above personal safety or position. The Order is dedicated to: insuring that America will always be preeminent in air and space—the encouragement of flight safety—fostering an esprit de corps in the military air forces—promoting the adoption of military service as a career—and aiding deserving young individuals in specialized higher education through the establishment of scholarships.  For more, visit their web site: www.daedalians.org. (Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force since the 1950s. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling.  As of June 2019, 58 are in active service, 18 in reserve, and approximately 12 more aircraft in long term storage.

B-52H high speed fly by in 2007: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt4xxVyZvwM.


Gerry Homewood, Ron Diedrichs, Frank Stookey, Don Harvel, and Jim Vandeventer.

      Elected Officers:  
          Flight Captain: Don Harvel, USAF Retired (biography)
          Vice Flight Captain: Frank Stookey, USA Retired
          Treasurer: Jim Vandeventer, USAF Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Provost Marshal: Ron Diedrichs, USAF Retired
      Appointed Staff:  
          Flight Adjutant: Arlan Allen, USA Retired
          Elements Coordinator & Chaplain: Tom Waldron, USAF Retired
         Assistant Treasurer: Jim Vanedeventer, USAF Retired
         Assistant Scholarships: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
         Audio-Visual: Art Stark, USAF Retired
          Assistant Audio-Visual: Kurt Gearhart, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Gary Klein, USMC Retired
          Publicity & 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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