The highly modified B-26K first flew in 1964.


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


An A-26A from Jay's 609th SOS in 1969.

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NEXT MEETING
Thursday, 10 May 18
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner
Speaker:

Lt Col Jay Norton,
USAF Retired.
(biography)
Topic:
Flying the B-26/A-26
in Southeast Asia.
Location:
Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

Menu:
Roast Beef,
Chicken Fried Steak,
or Bourbon Shrimp.
(they all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
Price:
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual
(collared shirt & slacks)

CALENDAR:
16 Apr: Staff Mtg
10 May: Meeting
14 May: Staff Mtg
Summer Break
13 Sep: Meeting
17 Sep: Staff Mtg
11 Oct: Meeting
15 Oct: Staff Mtg
8 Nov: Meeting
12 Nov: Staff Mtg
13 Dec: Meeting
17 Dec: Staff Mtg

 

 

 

Page updated: 15 Apr 2018

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.)
RELATED NEWS:
The B-26/A-26 "Counter Invader"
The Counter Invader was a highly modified version of the Douglas A-26 Invader, a World War II attack bomber.  Redesignated B-26 in 1948, the Invader served again during the Korean War (1950-1953), mainly as a night intruder against North Korean supply lines. It was removed from service in 1958, but in 1961 the USAF recalled many Invaders for use as tactical bombers in Southeast Asia. Combat duty and two decades of wear took their toll, and in 1964 the B-26s again were removed from service.  In 1966, the old bomber was resurrected once more when the improved B-26K Counter Invader returned to Southeast Asia for ground-attack missions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Modified by On Mark Engineering, the B-26K had a rebuilt fuselage and tail, strengthened wings, improved engines, reversible propellers, wing-tip fuel tanks and other refinements. Redesignated A-26As, Counter Invaders remained in Southeast Asia until 1969 and retired from USAF service. (Source: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.)
2018 OFFICERS & STAFF:


Ron Diedrichs, Bill Follette, Art Stark, and Frank Stookey.

      Elected Officers:  
          Flight Captain: Frank Stookey, USA Retired (biography)
          Vice Flight Captain & Audio-Visual: Art Stark USAF Retired
          Treasurer: Bill Follette, USAF Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
          Provost Marshal: Ron Diedrichs, USAF Retired
      Appointed Staff:  
          Flight Adjutant: Jim Adkins, USA Retired
          Elements Coordinator & Chaplain: Tom Waldron, USAF Retired
         Assistant Treasurer: Jim Vanedeventer, USAF Retired
         Assistant Scholarships Chairman: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Assistant Audio-Visual: Kurt Gearhart, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Gary Klein, USMC Retired
          Web Site, Newsletter & Membership: Pat Dooley, USAF Retired

FLIGHT MEETINGS:
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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