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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Missouri Aviation Historical Society Meeting April 19 Profiles the U.S. Navy Blue Angels

By Carmelo Turdo
Missouri Aviation Historical Society Meeting April 19

The Missouri Aviation Historical Society is a group of folks with a love of aircraft, and we are striving to record and document the rich aviation history that has been a part of the great state of Missouri for the past century. From Benoist to Zenith, the aviation industry in the "Show Me" state has always been at the forefront of technology, and has produced some of the world’s best known aircraft. Famous pilots, from Jimmy Doolittle, to Slim Lindbergh, all called Missouri home for a portion of their lives, and made significant contributions to the advancement of aviation. Please join us at one of our monthly meetings in Clayton. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, Apr 19 at 7:00 pm. As we enter the 2012 Airshow Season, we will get a taste of what it is like to be show center, with the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the BLUE ANGELS. Retired McDonnell Douglas engineer, Joe Gurney, will present the history of this outstanding team from its formation in 1946, by Admiral Chester Nimitz, and originally flying F6F Hellcats, to their current mount, the F/A-18C Hornet. Dave Kuenzel, will accompany Joe, with his outstanding photography. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Missouri Aviation Historical Society Meeting Directions: 190 Carondelet

We meet in the first hi-rise, located on the south side of Carondelet Plaza, just east of South Hanley Road, between Forsyth, and Forest Park Parkway. From Hanley, turn east onto Carondelet Plaza. The building will be on your right, and you will see 190 Carondelet Plaza in gold on the side of the building. Just past that, will be a slightly arched entryway into the parking garage. Turn right into the parking garage, drive across the garage to the other side, turn into parking by the attendant's station, take a ticket from the dispenser and bring it with you to be validated. Park in the Visitor parking on the P2 level, or in any convenient space. Take the garage elevator to the lobby, and take the building elevator to the Husch Blackwell reception area on the 9th floor. Proceed past and to the right of the receptionist’s desk, then turn right through an alcove area to the hallway where the men’s and ladies’ rooms are located, then left down that hallway to the end where classroom 9-H is on the right. Please see separately attached floor map. If you need more info, or have any questions, please contact our host Alan Hoffman at 314-609-8397 or my cell at 573-529-2539. Hope to see you there!

Dan O’Hara President, Missouri Aviation Historical Society 573-529-2539 or email -

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