February Meeting Photos

On 13 February 2020, we held our monthly meeting at the Dobson's Restaurant 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.

Frank Stookey, 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 helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. 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 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has significant systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.

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