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We’re currently working on the newsletter for the December 2017 issue. If you have articles, short stories, vignettes, etc., that you would like to see published, please forward them by email to Sue –Click here.

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Check out the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, in Foynes, Ireland.  A great museum featuring their fantastic new exhibit – a full scale replica of the Boeing B314 “Yankee Clipper”.  This replica was created for the museum from detailed plans by a team specialising in movie sets, and the reviews they have received of the aircraft are fantastic.

Check out the Naval Air Museum, Pensacola, FLA

John William Bateman

John William Bateman, 95, of Mathews, Virginia passed away on April 24, 2015. John was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1941 where he also started flying and obtained both his private and commercial licenses. He served in the Pacific theatre during World War II flying PBY’s for the Navy and met and married his wife of 70 years, Patricia Albers in California.

John continued his aviation career with Pan Am from 1946 until his retirement, as a 747 Captain in 1979. His career was interrupted to return to active duty during the Korean conflict and also to fly the Pan Am Cinerama Charter for several months with Lowell Thomas to make the movie, “Seven Wonders of the World”.

He also enjoyed his lifelong hobby of building, from his home in New York to furniture and musical instruments. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and their three children, as well as 5 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

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Maiden of the
Maiden Flight

Information from this website about the Hindenburg.

Interesting photographs and biography of a woman who had a lot of firsts in aviation. Something I do not recall seeing before.. Great old pictures… Stu

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Have you ever heard of this?

Sounders Roe SARO SR.45 “Princess”
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Watch this
PanAm Clipper
commercial video –
it will take you
back in time!!

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The VA has published their Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents Booklet for 2008. An easy-to-read reference guide, it provides the most current information about your earned benefits. You can download the 153 page booklet at the following website –click here.