General Meeting: “Moffett Field: A Bay Area Historical Treasure - From Lighter Than Air to Faster Than the Speed of Sound”

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21
May
Presenter:
Captain Tom Spink
When:
Tuesday, May 21, 6:45 - 8:30 pm
Light refreshments will be served 6:30 pm
Where:
Santa Clara Central Park Library (map) , Redwood Room
The history of Moffett Field covers nearly a century of dedication and innovation by soldiers, sailors, airmen, and civilians - in peace and during wartime, starting with the USS Macon, a lighter-than-air dirigible housed inside Hangar One. The U.S. Army Air Corps trained here until the outbreak of World War II and then the addition of hundreds of blimps patrolling the west coast during WWII expanded the importance of this location. Moffett is now home to The California Air National Guard and a NASA Ames Research Center facility as well as the Moffett Field Museum, preserving and displaying artifacts from decades of service by all the men and women who have served out of Moffett over the past almost 100 years.

Captain Tom Spink flew patrol missions throughout the Pacific and later became an instructor in VP-31 at Moffett. He received his Naval Flight Officer Wings of Gold in 1970. Captain Spink is now the C.O. of the San Francisco Bay Area Squadron of the Association of Naval Aviation and serves on the Board of the Moffett Field Historical Society and Museum. He is also the Editor of the Sparrowhawk Newsletter.

Free and open to all.

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