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    Re: Navigation gathering: Mystic, Spring 2010
    From: Ronald P Barrett
    Date: 2009 Aug 15, 12:26 -0700

    In the realm of navigator meetings, the Air Force Navigators Observers Association AFNOA (www.afnoa.org) is having an "ALL Navs - ALL Types" of flight navigators' Reunion October 14-15-16, 2009. This Reunion will be at Fairborn - Dayton Ohio. Host hotel is the Fairborn Holiday Inn, right next to the National Museum of the USAF, on Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. No special permission is needed to get in to the AF Museum as the Museum entry if free to all. We will have a big dinner Friday night, 16 Oct, inside the Museum under the noses of the planes. We bring a large collection of flight sextants to this reunion for all to get their hands on, plus manuals, plus comp sheets ect.
    Come if you can... but you must make prior arrangements with AFNOA.

    Our Honored Guest will be Col. Ed Whitcomb USAF Ret, who authored, ON CELESTIAL WINGS, the story of the real navs who flew right into the Japanese attacks that were the start of WWII. I personally know Ed and at 91 he is still a sharp nav persona. Ed sailed sailed solo across the Atlantic in the 60's navigating via marine sextant.

    Ed was in PanAM Charlie Lunn's class at Coral Gables, Florida in 1940/41. The AF's very first flight navigators' class. The Brits had their schoo up and running a year earlier.

    If any of your folks would be interested in attending, please contact AFNOA's POC there at Fairboorn, Ohio. A number of the planes will have their Navigator's positions opened andbe on exhibit for the Reunion. POC is Col. Suazo Sostenes, USAF Ret. ssuaz61@aol.com or me the Flight Navigator's Historian for the AF, ronaldpbarrett@yahoo.com Lunn's grandson is also slated to be there.

    I do the Amelia Eahart  Nav Fred Noonan reanactments for the Kansas City Airline History Museum too. See www.airlinehistorymuseum.com  That is the only place where there is a comprehensive flight navigator's exhibit that contains rare early flight sextants. Other USAF nav history, with pictures, is on www.usaf-nav-history.com

    I really enjoy seeing the nav-comm going across your site. Ron Barrett, USAF NavBomb Ret and AF Nav Historian www.ronbarrett.com 305-797-0745 (I use to live and sail in Key West)

    --- On Sat, 8/15/09, frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.com <frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.com> wrote:

    From: frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.com <frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.com>
    Subject: [NavList 9535] Navigation gathering: Mystic, Spring 2010
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 1:52 PM

    I am looking tentatively at organizing another biennial "Navigation Weekend" at Mystic Seaport Museum (possibly some other location... options are still open) in mid to late Spring of 2010. For those who are relatively new to NavList, please visit fer3.com/Mystic2006 and fer3.com/Mystic2008 for descriptions of events, presentations, and activities at those earlier gatherings. As many of you know, Don Treworgy, recently retired Director of the "Treworgy Planetarium (named for him just a few months ago), is very ill so he will probably not be able to participate directly, but I'm sure he and Mystic Seaport would support our activities if that's where we choose to gather.

    For something different this year, would some of you like to work on a "Build your own Bygrave" workshop? And if not that, or maybe in addition, how about a presentation on how to use a standard Bygrave (or Gary's flat Bygrave) to solve celestial navigation problems?

    Any topics within the range of things that we discuss on NavList would be welcome. Also, once we settle on dates and a location, I'm going to ask the rest of you to help publicize this event and help bring in people who are not part of our small community. Naturally, it's more interesting if we get a broader group of people.

    As in 2008, there will probably be a small fee for attendance to the meeting in 2010 to cover Mystic Seaport's overhead for the event.


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