The Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society is a group of individuals who are interested in the history of all things aviation. Each month, the group meets, shares announcements, and has a guest speaker on a variety of topics in aviation history. Meetings are held the first Monday night of the month (except when it is a holiday) at 7:30 at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center. Directions and a map may be found here. Visitors are welcome!
(If a date is marked “TBD,” then no speaker has yet been scheduled. To suggest a potential speaker, contact Lisa Rickey at 937-775-3991 or email@example.com.)
May 6, 2013: Paul Cooper, “Tactical Airlift in Desert Storm” (view flyer).
June 3, 2013: Col. Larry “Scoop” Cooper, [Presentation Title TBD].
July 1, 2013: TBD
Aug. 5, 2013: TBD
Sept. 9, 2013: TBD
Oct. 7, 2013: TBD
Nov. 4, 2013: TBD
Dec. 2, 2013: TBD
Apr. 1, 2013: Susan Richardson, “Physiological Support of the U-2/SR-71 High Altitude Reconnaissance Aircraft” (view flyer).
Mar. 4, 2013: Paul Logus, “Global Positioning System” (view flyer).
Feb. 4, 2013: Walt Hoy, “A Different Air Force: 50 Years Ago” (view flyer).
Jan. 7, 2013: Les Garber, ”The Wright Brothers Make a Lucky Mistake” (view flyer).
Dec. 3, 2012: Ken Keisel, The Dayton-Wright OW-1 Aerial Coupe (view flyer). (Book signing afterward for Ken’s Arcadia book Dayton Aviation: The Wright Brothers to McCook Field.)
Nov. 5, 2012: Walt Hoy, XBQM-106 Attack Drone
Oct. 1, 2012: David Vaughan, The World War I Career of Elliot White Springs. This presentation is based upon the work Mr. Vaughan did in his most recent University of South Carolina Press published book, Letters from a War Bird: The World War I Correspondence of Elliot White Springs.
Sept. 10, 2012: Chantelle Rose, Teachers in Space: From the Classroom to Space
Aug. 6, 2012: Don Chislaghi, A Shared Heritage: The Story of Giovanni Pirelli and Italian Aviation
July 2, 2012: Raymond Rang and Jim Haley, Wright Field’s Air Force Sensor Evaluation Center
June 4, 2012: Chantelle Rose, Teachers in Space: From the Classroom to Space
May 7, 2012: Walt Hoy, Spy Satellite Mid-Air Catch
Apr. 2, 2012: Steve Markman, In-Flight Simulation at AFRL – VISTA/F-16, TIFS/C-131, and NT-33A
Mar. 5, 2012: James Martin, World War II veteran of the Invasion of Normandy through the Battle of the Buldge.
Feb. 6, 2012: Jack Perry. Never asked his age, Jack Perry joined the Army at a recruiters station in Dayton, OH at the age of 14. In 1950 he was told he was going to Korea. After nearly a year in the conflict and three days before he was set to go home, he was captured behind enemy lines and became the youngest P.O.W. of the Korean War.
Jan. 9, 2012: Skip Hickey, High Angle of Attack: Lessons Learned
Dec. 5, 2011: Bob Peterson, The Drink That Transformed a Nation
Nov. 7, 2011: Geoff Hayes and Wayne Moyer, Light Sport Aircraft and the RV-12: What They Are and Why We Built One
Oct. 3, 2011: Skip Hickey, F-117A program
Sept. 12, 2011: Jack Meacham, R&D in the 1960s and 1970s
Aug. 1, 2011: Jim Snyder, Battle of the Chosin Reservoir
July 11, 2011: Emil Dansker, Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society
June 6, 2011: Bill Nichols, Honor Flight
May 2, 2011: David Vaughan, Runway Visions: An American C-130 Pilot’s Memoir of Combat Airlift Operations in Southeast Asia, 1967-1968
Apr. 4, 2011: Betty Darst, “When Amelia Came to Dayton”
Mar. 7, 2011: Dawne Dewey, “Wright Flying School and its graduates who are commemorated at the Wright Memorial”
Feb. 7, 2011: Walt Hoy, “Stallion U-24 and the HELIO Company”
Jan. 3, 2011: Dr. Emil Dansker, Civilian Air Patrol
MS-333: The Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Collection
The historical records of the Huffman Prairie Chapter American Aviation Historical Society were accessioned into Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries in 2004. The collection was generated and donated by the Huffman Prairie Chapter of AAHS, a Dayton area organization of aviation historians and enthusiasts.
MS-333 consists of meeting announcements, newsletters, correspondence, minutes, transcripts and videotapes of program speakers, membership lists and member biographies dating from 1990 to the present. The finding aid/inventory to the collection is available here. From 2004 to mid-2009, many of the presentations were recorded and are available for viewing as part of the archival collection.