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A Convention to Remember

If you weren’t in Atlanta, Georgia over October 11-13, you missed one of the best and most exciting Annual Convention/Reunions we have had in years, and we missed you! The Georgia Chapter, under the capable leadership of Chapter President Bill Bell and Convention Co-Chair Bob Krone, put together a great package of tours and other fun activities. His Chapter members were gracious hosts throughout the event, and they provided a most pleasant and educational weekend. It’s incredible what they were able to pack into a few days for the modest registration fee. Once again, we also thank the Sporty’s Foundation and Fraternity Life Member Hal Shevers for their generous support of this Convention and the Fraternity. Most attendees were our Active Members, but we had several Associate Members attending for the first time. The youngest, at age 16, is an aspiring pilot and aeronautical engineer, and he benefited greatly from the tours. On Thursday, we toured the local Lockheed Marietta plant, and we thank Active Members Bob Ormsby, former President of Lockheed Georgia, and Bernie Dvorscak, former Lockheed test pilot (the first to fly the C5B) for arranging this tour. We also enjoyed a welcome reception which was held at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. Bob “Punchy” Powell regaled everyone with stories of flying the P-51 and other aircraft during World War II while assigned to the 352nd Fighter Group. On Friday we traveled to the Delta Airlines campus at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where we toured their Technical Operations Center (maintenance hangars) and Pilot Training Services complex (flight simulators). We wrapped up the day by touring the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, opened especially for our group. We are very grateful to Active Members Julian Black and Rob Rogers for arranging this incredible opportunity. Saturday we met at the Atlanta History Center & Swan House where we learned much about the local history, and viewed their extensive Civil War Collection. For lunch, we visited the world-famous Varsity Drive-In, which is a dining experience in itself. That afternoon, most members visited the Atlanta Aquarium, and enjoyed the usual tour plus an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. We thank Drs. Hugo and Anita Freudenthal, both retired marine biology and life science professors, for arranging this tour. That evening we enjoyed the Keynote Banquet in the hotel with guest speaker and Fraternity Active Member Alan Armstrong who flies the Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” bomber seen in the film “Tora! Tora! Tora!” Alan is a noted Aviation Attorney who represents pilots and other FAA-licensees. Join us at our Annual Convention next October where we will have more exciting tours and guest speakers planned. The location and full details will be announced on this website this Summer.