Air Force Association - Chapter 195


The Air Force Association educates the public on the critical role of aerospace power in our nation’s defense and supports the United States Air Force and its auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol.  For more information, please visit the websites of AFA NationalAFA NJ, and NJ Wing CAP.

 
The Shooting Star Chapter, AF195, of the Air Force Association meets monthly usually on the last Saturday of each month except July, August, November, and December at Charlie Brown’s, 522 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, NJ, 07928, Phone: 973-822-1800.  Check the meeting announcement below for the start of lunch.  For information and reservations, contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.  See the Meetings tab for a map.




Meeting Dates and Speakers

October 29, 2016

Speaker to be Announced



September 24, 2016

Spies in the Sky:  The Air Force and Reconnaissance from Outer Space

by Toby Terranova, Chapter 195 Chaplain, VP of Membership and former Secretary

On 16 March 1955, the United States Air Force officially ordered the development of an advanced reconnaissance satellite to provide continuous surveillance of 'preselected areas of the earth' in order 'to determine the status of a potential enemy’s war-making capability'.  Ever since the Air Force has been involved in reconnaissance from Outer Space.  On Saturday, September 24th, you are cordially invited to attend our next meeting at Charlie Brown’s, at 12:30 PM, for lunch followed by this presentation by our Chapter Secretary, Toby Terranova.  For information and reservations ($20/person), contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.


May 28, 2016

2016 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Awards Presentation

On Saturday, May 28th, you are cordially invited to attend our next meeting at Charlie Brown’s, at 12:30 PM, for lunch followed by the presentation of our Teacher of the Year awards.  For information and reservations ($20/person), contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.


April 30, 2016

Art Snyder and his Encounter with "Earthquake McGoon"

by Art Snyder, Chapter 195 Member

On May 6, 1954, legendary pilot James B. “Earthquake McGoon” McGovern met his fate. An aircraft belonging to Civil Air Transport, a CIA proprietary airline, flown by McGovern was shot down by Communist anti-aircraft fire. McGovern and his flight officer, Wallace “Wally” Buford, were flying supplies to French forces at Dien Bien Phu in northern Indochina. McGovern, Buford, and four others aboard were killed in the crash. They were among the first American fatalities in the conflict in Indochina that would last until 1975.

See the CIA story: Earthquake McGoon 

Our Chapter 195 member, Art Snyder may be the last man alive to know Earthquake McGoon.  Come to Charlie Brown’s, at 12:30 PM, for lunch followed by a talk by our speaker.  For information and reservations ($20/person), contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.



March 26, 2016

War in the Air 1914-1918 / Part II - The Airships

by John Andrews, Engineer, Bell Labs and Integrated Photonics, Inc.

In the years before WWI, hydrogen filled German airships were routinely used for safe scheduled civilian air service.  Traditional aircraft lacked payload, range and reliability. So it was an easy decision for Germany to enlist airships into the military once war broke out. John Andrews from the New Jersey Astronomical Association will share the story about the men who conducted their battle beneath huge bags of explosive hydrogen.

On Saturday, March 30th, you are cordially invited to attend our next meeting at Charlie Brown’s, at 12:30 PM, for lunch followed by a talk by our speaker.  For information and reservations ($20/person), contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.




February 27, 2016

War in the Air 1914-1918 / Part I - Fixed Wing Aircraft

by John Andrews, Engineer, Bell Labs and Integrated Photonics, Inc.

At the start of World War I many military leaders were convinced that aircraft would be of little value in battle, at most offering limited use in reconnaissance and scouting missions.  A mere eleven years after the Wright brothers first flight, aircraft designated as fighters and bombers rolled out from the factories.  John Andrews from the New Jersey Astronomical Association will share this story about the men who took the battle to the air in World War I. 

Chapter 195 Member, Jim Morgan, personally recommends these two WWI talks: “Our speaker John Andrews is well versed, with excellent visual aids, and presents well.  In essence it’s the birth and early development of aircraft, greatly accelerated by WWI.  You’ll find it fascinating, providing a different take, and so informative, regardless of your background.  It provides basics, a good grounding, even for today’s aviation.  - Jim” 

On Saturday, February 27th, you are cordially invited to attend our next meeting at Charlie Brown’s, at 12:30 PM, for lunch followed by a talk by our speaker.  For information and reservations ($20/person), contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.





January 30, 2016

Experience with the B-29

by Lt. Col. Thomas R. 'Bob' Vaucher,  WWII B-29 pilot, Chapter 195 member

As the lead B-29 Pilot, he led the 525 B -29 Show of Force fly-over during the Japanese Surrender aboard the Battleship Missouri on 2 Sep 1945.  He gave a talk at the last NJ AFA meeting on 7 Nov 15 entitled 'Fog of War - the First Week of WWII' where he was tasked with retrieving Norden Bomb Sights for his unit. To hear his talk which was recorded and put on YouTube, go to: Fog of War

On Saturday, January 30th, you are cordially invited to attend our next meeting at Charlie Brown’s, at 12:30 PM, for lunch followed by a talk by our speaker.  For information and reservations ($20/person), contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.



October 31, 2015

"SILENT WARRIORS" -  The story of  Cold War Airborne Reconnaissance of the Soviet Union: 

by Keith Ferris, 2012 National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinee

Video taken by my friend retired USAF Col. Mark Pestana who routinely flew the RC-135 Rivet Joint missions around the Soviet Union. The video shows what it was like when intercepted by a number of different types of threatening Soviet Fighters.  The pogram is dedicated to over 130 Air Crewmen who perished in 40 reconnaissance aircraft shot down during the Cold War.   On Saturday, October 26th, you are cordially invited to attend our next meeting at Charlie Brown’s, at 12:30 PM, for lunch followed by a talk by Keith Ferris.  For information and reservations ($20/person), contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.



September 26, 2015

History of the Picatinny Arsenal

by Patrick J. Owens, Historian, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ

Picatinny Arsenal began as the War Department’s powder depot in 1880 and evolved into one of the Army’s most important armaments research and development centers.  The post has many historic buildings – some dating to its earliest years, some built following an explosion that devastated much of the base in 1926, and some from the World War II and Cold War eras.  On Saturday, September 26th, you are cordially invited to attend our next meeting at Charlie Brown’s, at 12:30 PM, for lunch followed by a talk by Patrick J. Owens, Historian, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, on the History of the Picatinny Arsenal.  For information and reservations ($20/person), contact Howard Leach at 973-540-1283 or hhleach@aol.com. Everyone is welcome.




May 30, 2015

America's Secret MiG Squadron (1)

by Keith Ferris, Chapter 195 Member

Keith Ferris, aviation artist, Chapter 195 member, and 2012 enshrinee in the National Aviation Hall of Fame (2) will tell the story of his friend Gail Peck (3) who conceived, briefed, got approved, built and then led Secret, the U.S. MiG Squadron, from a base hidden in the desert at Tonopah, Nevada in the late 1970s and 80s.




April 25, 2015

Selection for Teacher of the Year

The Chapter is in the selection process of Teacher of the Year.  We actually have multiple candidates so let’s review the backgrounds and make a selection.  Allen Thurlow our K-8 TOY 2014 is being nominated for NJ State and would like to have Chapter vote of support.  Our monthly meeting is at Charlie Browns in Chatham, NJ – 12:30 PM.



March 28, 2015

My Service in Korea and the CIA - Part 2

by Art Snyder, Chapter 195 member

Art Snyder, Chapter 195 member, will talk on getting a direct commission, being called to active duty, the Korean war starting, volunteering for flight training to get into combat, then going to Korea to fly B-26’s, what he did on his 38 missions, and ending when transferred to a new CIA Wing to fly B-29’s on covert missions.  Lunch starts at 12:30 PM.  The presentation starts right after lunch and will be about 30-40 minutes long right after lunch at Charlie Brown's.



February 28, 2015

My Service in Korea and the CIA - Part 1

by Art Snyder, Chapter 195 member

Art Snyder, Chapter 195 member, will talk on getting a direct commission, being called to active duty, the Korean war starting, volunteering for flight training to get into combat, then going to Korea to fly B-26’s, what he did on his 38 missions, and ending when transferred to a new CIA Wing to fly B-29’s on covert missions.  Lunch starts at 12:30 PM.  The presentation starts right after lunch and will be about 30-40 minutes long right after lunch at Charlie Brown's.



January 31, 2015

My Time in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP)

by Bob Hodges former Chapter 195 President

Shooting Star Chapter 195 has booked their first speaker of the year on Sat, Jan 31st. It will be Bob Hodges, past 195 President, and former Civil Air Patrol cadet from 1943, to Jan 1946, and who served on active duty from 1946 to Oct  1949. He will talk about his CAP experience as CAP just received the Congressional Gold Medal for services during WWII. To find out more about CAP's history and the awarding of the CGM, go to: http://www.capgoldmedal.com/ . Also, it will be Bob's birthday, so all of you leaders that know Bob are welcome to come out to Charlie Brown's in Chatham, NJ, and celebrate with him!.