The Supercruiser The Western Museum of Flight Newsletter 3315 Airport Drive Mailbox No.6, Torrance, California 90505 Phone: (310) 326-9544 FAX: (310) 326-9556 E-mail: WMOFSCHAF@um.att.com Website: http://www.wmof.com Issue: Volume 10, No. 1 March 2010 Page 1 Airport Commission Approves SCHAF Proposal The Torrance Airport Commission has approved the Western Museum of Flight’s plan to develop an area at the east end of the airfield for display of aircraft. SCHAF advisor former City Councilman Paul Nowatka presented the plan at the January 14th meeting of the Airport Commission. Mr. Nowatka has been act- ing as the SCHAF liaison with the City staff in promoting the concept of a dedi- cated Museum facility on the Airport. This proposal is the beginning of a multi-phased approach for eventual de- velopment of a dedicated Museum facility at that site. The next step is presentation to and approval by the City Council. Fol- lowing construction of the aircraft display area, the second phase will add a building and improvements for relocation of the current Museum collection. Finally, the third phase concludes with further expan- sion to development a new museum fea- turing the “California Wings” themed exhibits. Image courtesy RNM & Associates Lecture Series Update The proposal is a multi-phased approach for eventual development of a dedicated The Museum’s monthly lecture series Museum facility. continues to provide stellar speakers on cate a “Red Tail” of the Tuskegee Air- interesting topics, attracting larger au- men. In March, Raymond “Ted” Conlin diences. Our guest speaker in January, presented “Invasion Europe”, recounting Alison Bruesehoff, Executive Director of his missions in the major Allied offen- the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, sives that accomplished the liberation of described the events of the 1910 Domin- occupied Europe. guez Hills Aviation Meet, the very first The Museum has started a new spon- International Air Show in America. The sorship program for the lecture series. Dominguez Rancho Museum is celebrat- Inaugural sponsor Bob Cupery’s Aircraft ing the Centennial of the Air Meet hosting Window Repairs was featured in March. WWII Ace Bob Goebel, Cindy Macha and Ted Conlin at the March event. Earl’s Hardware via Tom Neely will be our sponsor in April. The Museum owes a series of events throughout the year. many thanks to our loyal supporters who Visit the Rancho at 18127 S. Alameda St., help to sustain these popular programs. Rancho Dominguez, CA. Many of the lectures in this series Brad Lang, accomplished WWII war- have been recorded by Betty and Jarel bird air show pilot, presented “Saving the Wheaton of the PV Seniors organization. Red Tail” in February. Brad, whose fa- Their award-winning work is aired on ther was a Tuskegee Airman, related the local cable channels RVPTV and TCTV, experiences he and his friends shared in and can be found on the PV Seniors web- Brad Lang and Craig Huntly at the “Red restoring a badly damaged P-51C to repli- Tail” lecture. site: pvseniors.org/videos. Issue: Volume 10, No. 1 March 2010 Page 2 Peninsula Seniors Out & About grams for the YF-17 and F-14 to make way for A letter from Jarel and Betty Wheaton on http://www.pvseniors.org/_videos.cfm. the YF-23. The Museum is planning an Thank you, Cindy and the Western We also learned that we are now on a event centered on the YF-23 and reunion Museum of Flight Volunteers for serving fourth TV channel. Our programs are with NGC employees who were involved as our Torrance-based sponsor for TCTV now broadcast daily at 7pm on TCTV in the US Air Force’s Advanced Tactical and supporting our video shoots of your on Verizon FiOS in Torrance. Fighter Program. excellent aviation lectures and events! We would like to express our grati- tude for the support and encouragement New Space Exhibit We attended the 18th Annual Com- we receive from Peninsula Seniors, the Dale Hoffman munity Video Awards held at Western Museum of Flight, and everyone Since last October a team of volun- the Torrance Cultural Arts Center last who has supported our various produc- teers have been developing a new exhibit night. The TV programs were judged on tions. You made it possible. What began with a focus on Space flight. The new subject matter and technical production as an outreach to bring lectures and events exhibit uses material donated by the fami- by nine video experts from Southern Cali- into the homes of shut-ins has really taken ly of Colonel Richard Wolfsberger. The fornia colleges and local cable/ FiOS TV off. We produced 34 one-hour programs Colonel passed away in June 2009 and the channels. Several of our programs (six last year which brings our total to over 90 family noted that he had accumulated a involving aviation) were nominated in in a little less than three years. significant amount of memorabilia two categories. We were selected for the We are continually amazed at the through his years in the Air Force and at top award (the "Stanley") in both catego- number of people who follow the pro- Lockheed-Martin. Last September, a ries. The programs that won are: friend of the family, Ms. Elaine Gourley, Peninsula Seniors Out & About at the grams and the opportunities we have to honor people and cover events that are presented Wolfsberger’s collection to the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance contributing to our communities. Museum on behalf of his estate. Peninsula Seniors Out & About at the A couple of Museum volunteers re- NASA Dryden Flight Research Cen- Our Sincere Thanks, Jarel & Betty Wheaton viewed the collection which consisted of ter. several models of booster rockets and These Stanley winners are nominated for Peninsula Seniors spacecraft, material from the Colonel’s a national level video award. It's the same postings at the Los Angeles Air Force award that we won two years ago for one Volunteers’ Scrap Book Station, personal mementos, and material of our programs. from his tenure at Lockheed working on Four other of our programs received the MilStar Program. It was determined honorable mention. That means they from this review that the material might missed winning the Stanley by just one be used as a basis for a new display for vote...which is okay because they were the Museum that demonstrates the transi- competing with our other programs that tions from air-borne flight into the realm won! of Space and Space Systems. Peninsula Seniors Out & About: Par- A team of volunteers with a familiari- nelli Jones - Auto Racing Legend ty of Space programs was recruited and Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series: the process of creating the new exhibit John Fer - Vietnam POW began last Fall. Headed by Dale Hoffman, Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series: the team currently includes Mac Morri- South Coast Botanic Garden son, Barry “Herc” Smith, and Mort Soo- Peninsula Seniors Out & About: gard, with support from Ms. Gourley. WASP Gertrude Tompkins Silver Over the intervening months, the concept Although not selected for an award, we for the exhibit has taken shape. An area especially liked the Car & Plane show and Museum volunteer and aviation artist, has been cleared to accomodate the new it generated some very nice comments Dana Muelot, displays some of his artis- exhibit and work on the various elements when the clip was shown during the tic creations featuring his favorite sub- of the project is approaching final design awards last night. The lectures were also ject, the P-51 Mustang. and construction. A mock-up of the exhi- well-received when the clips were bit is currently underway, in anticipation played. YF-23 Returning to Museum of a public opening early this Summer. It was quite an evening. We had Northrop-Grumman Corporation has To anyone interested in participating judges, other producers, city officials, and agreed to return the YF-23 to the Mu- in the final stages of this project, we in- guests approaching us throughout the seum, with a tentative move date set in vite you to contact the Museum’s Volun- evening expressing their appreciation for teer Coordinator: see our web site, or call our programs and indicating they follow or visit the Museum and provide your our programs. People who live outside contact information so we can reach you. our broadcast areas were asking how they can watch our programs, so we were di- recting them to our video streamed pro- April, pending relocation arrangements Issue: Volume 10, No. 1 March 2010 Page 3 Vintage Aircraft Rides The Western Museum of Flight / Southern A recent addition to Museum activities, opportunities for bi- plane rides are included in monthly events. New member- California Historical Aviation Foundation ships, renewals and donations at specified levels provide an THANKS ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED opportunity to experience an open-cockpit bi-plane flight. IN FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009 Special Thanks to Our Most Generous Contributors: Ride participant Phil Cook with WACO pilot/ $20,000 - $25,000 owner Buzz Eliot. Northrop-Grumman Federal Credit Union Steve and Margaret Smith $10,000 - $20,000 Ralph and Phyllis Martin Northrop-Grumman Corp Rides are donated by pilot/owners based at Torrance Airport. Shirley Russell We are extremely grateful for the generous support from Michael J. Stevens friends of the Museum. $5,000 - $10,000 Website Make-Over Douglas Medore One of the first projects to benefit from Boeing and Fred and Ann Peitzman Northrop-Grumman Corporation California Wings grants (ref. Tyler MacCready Sep 09 issue: Grants Support Museum Vision) is the Mu- $2,000 - $5,000 seum’s new website currently in the works. The website is Northrop Grumman Information Systems being overhauled to incorporate up-to-date functionality, to John W. Shultz improve graphics design and the user experience, and to up- Power Ford date and expand content. The updated site is expected to be Federal Express on-line early this Summer; the web address will remain un- Boeing Employees Community Fund changed. $1,000 – $2,000 New Displays James Christensen On loan from the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Eric Yamasaki the Dominguez Hills Air Meet Centennial exhibit features a Arun Bhumitra dozen large storyboard panels, and a large panoramic photo- County of Los Angeles graph allowing the viewer to immerse themselves in the dio- Northrop-Grumman Retirement Club rama and imagine stepping back in time to experience the Charles and Janet Payne event. The exhibit will be on display through May 21st. $500 – $1,000 Rich and Mary Falstrom Carroll and Mary Jo Bennett were among the first visi- Bob Ettinger tors to view the 1910 Do- minquez Air Meet exhibit at James Brunson WMoF. Rich & Mary oper- Fred Erb ate their aircraft out of Tor- Kutler Family Foundation rance Airport. Mary is the LFS Technologies museum’s 99's contact and Fred Oshiro she also helps distribute Susan Rhilinger our museum flyers. Tom Whinfrey (Berkswell Corp) High School volunteers Ben Inada Paul and Helen Nowatka and Eric Monson helped prepare Big Thanks to Our Many Smaller Contributors. this wind tunnel model to add to the Museum’s displays. This item was Your Gifts Totaled More Than $15,000! used to develop Northrop’s propos- al for the US Navy’s VTX pro- gram, circa early 1980’s. Membership Renewal Check your address label. If there’s a date after your name, it represents your membership expiration date. Please renew! Issue: Volume 10, No. 1 March 2010 Page 4 Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation Membership Form Western Museum of Flight and Vintage Aircraft Boosters Club Mail this form and check to: SCHAF / Western Museum of Flight THANK YOU TO ALL 3315 Airport Drive Mailbox No.6 OUR MEMBERS! Torrance, CA 90505 Why not Please make check out to: SCHAF Amount Enclosed ___________________ share this For further information, call: (310) 326-9544 newsletter with your friends, (Please print) New Member Renewal Donation only co-workers and Name ___________________________________________________ Date ___________________ relatives! 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