International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians
Americas Region, Vice President George Chaffey

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IFFR Americas SW Section
Pop-Up Fly-in to Dos Palos
June 21, 2014

Saturday June 22 was our first IFFR pop up fly in. Those are fly ins that are not scheduled on our calendar at the beginning of the year, but are interesting events that "pop up" during the year with the potential to become a short notice fly in. So it was with Eagle Field, a WWII primary pilot training base located on the west side of the central San Joaquine valley. Virtually abandoned after the war the entire field was purchased in the 80's at a war surplus auction by Joe Davis from Fresno. Since that time Joe, with the help of dozens of volunteers, has been restoring the base to WWII operational status. Each year a fund raiser is held to help with the restoration. War birds fly in, facility open house, museum, barbecue, big band dance, all on Saturday afternoon and evening. 

            Several of our members and guests attended this "pop up" and had a grand time. The Bishops, the Eldridges, the Wolfsens, the Skinners ( guests of the Wolfsens) shared an evening straight our of the Forties. Most attendees dressed in the fashion of the period with lots of military uniforms (some a little strained at the seams). All the trappings of an active base, the meal in the huge original hanger, and the Glen Miller sounds to dance to make for an unforgettable occasion. A special moment was the introduction of four air force veterans  who were cadets and got their primary training at Eagle Field. They got a hero's round of applause. 

            IFFR fellowship in bloom. I hope to make this an annual IFFR fly in event and that many of our members will take advantage of this nostalgic trip to the past. Please view the attached photos to get a true feeling of the evening.    

In fellowship, Larry Wolfsen                                                                                      

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The following was the event notice:

Dinner-Dance FLY-IN

IFFR SW Section
June 21, 2014
Eagle Field, CL01 (near Dos Palos), Central California

Hello all SW section members.  

We have discussed in the past the need for shorter duration fly ins and that it is desirable to "piggy back" on events with others.  This message is to invite you to attend one of our first "quickies". On June 21, Eagle Field will be hosting its annual fund raiser to restore the aerodrome to its original operating condition. Eagle Field in located in the central San Joaquin valley near the town of Dos Palos. It was a primary flight training facility during WWII. When the war was over the field was closed virtually forgotten. A few years ago the entire field was purchased at a war surplus auction by a group who have slowly been restoring it to its original operational condition. It has been certified as the "Central California Historical Military Museum" Each year they host a gala party as a fund raiser. It is held on site and includes a war bird fly in, facilities tours, barbeque, and Big Band dance with exhibition dancers. Dress in the style of the 40's is encouraged and you will see lots of Khaki and military uniforms. Diane and I have attended many times and it is always great fun. You can drive or fly in and can return home at evenings end or stay in nearby towns and return for Sunday morning breakfast on the field and a possible war bird ride. A really fun time that supports a good cause. 

Get complete details and reservation forms at  WWW.EAGLEFIELD.NET. If you plan to attend make your reservations directly, and mention on the reservation for that you are with the IFFR group as we will have our own tables. We currently have 10 members who have already made reservations. Hope to see you there.   

Larry Wolfsen,   
SW Section chief.