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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EAA Chapter 64 Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary

By Carmelo Turdo
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64 celebrated its fiftieth (as of November 30, 2014) anniversary on Saturday in style - by flying Young Eagle and Eagle flights during the unusually warm day and hosting an anniversary dinner that evening.  The chapter has a rich history dating back only eleven years following the founding of EAA Chapter 1 in 1953 in Riverside, CA.  EAA Chapter 64 serves the Madison and St. Clair Counties of southwest Illinois, and is presently located at St. Louis Downtown Airport. 

EAA Chapter 64 Young Eagles Coordinator, Bob McDaniel, arranged to fly 35 Young Eagle and 7 Eagle Flight participants in six aircraft.  For more on the flights, see our previous feature, "EAA Chapter 64 Gives Young Eagle Flights on Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration."    

Past Chapter President Paul Voorhees flies Young Eagles

Museum member Trent Duff ready for another flight

Paul Visk with happy Young Eagles

The chapter's Pietenpol Air Camper was also on hand as a tribute to the chapter's team of aircraft builders.  The aircraft was also on display later that evening during the celebratory dinner program.

The chapter members, along with family and friends, celebrated that evening with a dinner program at the St. Louis Downtown Airport's resident restaurant, The Hangar.  Following the meal in the main dining room, the guests gathered in the meeting room for the presentation of awards, greeting from special guest EAA Director of Chapters Pat Webb, and a presentation by our friend Fred Harms on his service in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Huey gunship pilot. Some of the highlights can be seen here:
EAA Chapter 64 members and guests at The Hangar restaurant

EAA Chapter 64 President Brad Jones is Emcee

Al Bane receives Chapter Service Award for Newsletter publishing 

Brian Kissinger with Chapter Service Award as Flight Advisor

Paul Voorhees receives Chapter Service Award as Past President

Past President Paul Voorhees addresses guests

Past President Paul Voorhees with Paula Voorhees

EAA Director of Chapters Pat Webb welcomes guests

EAA Director of Chapters Pat Webb presents chapter award

EAA Chapter 64 50th Anniversary Award

Bert Hampton displays EAA Chapter 64 Charter

EAA Chapter 64 Charter from 1964

EAA Chapter 64 shirt, William Laurie founding member

EAA Chapter 64 50th Anniversary cake

Cake is served at The Hangar restaurant

Brian Kissinger with Christine Marrah

Fred Harms talks about his U.S. Army aviation service

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