Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society Meeting, October 1

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society will take place on Monday, October 1, at 7:00pm. All are welcome!

Jahn A. Luke will present “Rotary Wing & V/STOL Aircraft – A Historical  Journey with a Glimpse of Tomorrow.”

The presentation will cover a historical journey of vertical flight, focusing on rotary wing and V/STOL (vertical and/or short take-off and landing) aircraft following the Wright Brothers in 1903 through the late 1990s. The presentation is based on the Bernard Lindenbaum Vertical Flight Research Collection (MS-324) located with Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University. The presentation will also catch up to today and briefly look at where vertical flight research may be heading in the future.

About the presenter: Jahn A. Luke is currently a volunteer with Special Collections & Archives. In addition, Mr. Luke is a private pilot and aircraft owner, aviation enthusiast, and recent part-time systems engineer. Mr. Luke is a retired AF civilian (40 years) who worked as a senior program manager for the Air Force Research Lab at WPAFB.

The program will be held at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

For questions about the event, please call 937-775-2092 or email archives@www.libraries.wright.edu.

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Digital Spotlight: Donald M. Wallace WWI Materials

Donald M. Wallace, 1918 (ms92_45_02_13)

Donald M. Wallace, 1918 (ms92_45_02_13)

We are pleased to share that materials detailing the World War I service of Donald M. Wallace (from the Wallace Family Papers, MS-92) are now freely available online, anytime, through the Wright State University Campus Online Repository, at CORE Scholar: Wallace Family Papers (Ephemera and Photographs). The materials include several official documents pertaining to Wallace’s service, a diary, and photographs.

Wallace was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 19, 1918, at Springfield, Ohio. He was sent to SATC (Students Army Training Corps) Ohio Mechanics Institute at Cincinnati, where he drilled and trained for three months. He was honorably discharged with the rank of private on December 20, 1918.

This digital project has been a collaborative effort between the University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the University Libraries’ Digital Initiatives and Repository Services (DIRS) Department, which provided the digitization, metadata encoding, and uploading of digital content to CORE Scholar.

Please visit the Special Collections & Archives’ CORE Scholar page to browse additional digital collections. Don’t forget to check out the University Archives’ CORE Scholar page as well.

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Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society Meeting, September 10

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society will take place on Monday, September 10, at 7:00pm. All are welcome!

Geoff Hays will present “The History and Colors of the B-17D: The Swoose”

About the authors: Geoff Hays is a retired US Air Force Officer who served over 28 years on active duty and in the USAF Reserve. He was a Photo Interpretation and Target Intelligence Officer and a Titan II ICBM Combat Crew Commander and Instructor. His civilian career spanned 18 years with the USAF Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, as a Division Chief and staff historian. He completed his civilian service with the National Air Intelligence Center and the Defense Intelligence Agency, retiring in 2003.

Two other historians had a major role in preparing this presentation, but cannot join us tonight. The first is the late Wayne Moyer, a career Aeronautical Engineer at Wright-Patterson AFB from 1964 through the mid 1990s. Wayne had a role in the development of every major USAF aircraft that came into the Air Force during his career, culminating as being the senior engineer in the development on the USAF’s Advanced Tactical Fighter program, which led to Request for Proposals and competition between the Lockheed-Martin F-22 and the Northrop F-23. Wayne passed away on Easter Sunday this year.

The second individual is retired USAF Master Sergeant Mark Young who had a distinguished career in the Strategic Air Command both here at Wright-Patterson in the 17th Bombardment Wing and at Andrews AFB as a Senior Crew Chief during the introduction into service of the Boeing 747-based E-4 National Emergency Airborne Command Post. Mark is a world renowned scale aircraft modeler with models on display at the Pentagon, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The program will be held at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

For questions about the event, please call 937-775-2092 or email archives@www.libraries.wright.edu.

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