13 February 2020, we held our monthly meeting at the
at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona.
Our guest speaker was CW5 Mike Ostermeyer, US Army Retired. He gave a
very captivating talk about some of his experiences in Afghanistan
as a AH-64 "Apache" instructor pilot and test pilot. We
were all enthralled to hear about the crash of 2 Apaches in one day
in the high mountains of eastern Afghanistan -- Mike led the team
that went in to do recovery operations behind enemy lines. Our
members and guests were all amazed by Mike's exceptional
professionalism and heroic actions under tough conditions!
Click here for CW5 Mike Ostermeyer's Biography.
Our members and guests enjoyed Mike
Ostermeyers' talk about his experiences as an IP and flight test
pilot in Afghanistan.
Mike discussed recovering 2 downed
Apaches in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Bill Follette, and Gary Zettl were thanked for their leadership of
Willie Flight 82 over the past few years.
Flt Capt Harvel thanked CW5 Ostermeyer.
The Boeing AH-64 "Apache":
The AH-64 is
an American twin-turboshaft attack
a tailwheel-type landing
and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It features a
nose-mounted sensor suite for target
acquisition and night
It is armed with a 30 mm
(1.18 in) M230
chain gun carried
between the main landing gear, under the aircraft's forward
fuselage, and four hardpoints mounted
on stub-wing pylons for carrying armament and stores, typically
a mixture of AGM-114
and Hydra 70 rocket
pods. The AH-64 has significant systems redundancy to improve