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— Convention/Reunion 2017 Update — (10/7/17)
The first full day of the convention featured a guided tour of the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola NAS. It takes at least a full day to see this museum properly. In addition to the amazing number of Naval Aircraft on display, the group enjoyed lunch at the “Cubi” café then viewed one of 4 entertaining and informative movies in the Big Screen theater.
Day 2 – A “Beach Bum” trolley tour of historic Pensacola started off the day. The locals claim that Pensacola was the first colony in the US, with a settlement on the Bay founded by a Spaniard Tristan De Luna around 1559. Thanks to a hurricane he left 6 of his ships permanently on the bottom of Pensacola Bay. The city’s Veterans Memorial Park has a replica of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall as well as memorials for all of the US conflicts. This really is a military town! Lunch today was in the McGuire’s Irish Pub. The afternoon allowed for free time to go to the beach or visit any of the other sites that caught our interest.
Day 3 – We got a surprise visitor today – hurricane “Nate”. Windy and rainy, but didn’t dampen our spirits at the membership, Board meetings, and the Banquet in the evening. Always excitement!
— Loss of a Most Prominent Fraternity member — (9/25/17)
With much sadness I learned of the loss of C. “Don” Fairbanks who died quietly this morning. Don was a very prominent member of the Fraternity, a long serving member of the Board of Directors, holding several Officer positions. He was instrumental in keeping the Fraternity viable and active after our founder, Russell Brinkley, was unable due to health reasons to continue on as President. At the time of his death he was, 93 and the longest continuous member of the Silver Wings Fraternity having joined in 1969. A piece of Don’s many contributions to aviation history, a highly modified “Knight Twister” that Don built for racing, N5DF, is hanging on display at the Sporty’s facility in Batavia, OH. In 1971 Don set a speed record for Bi-wing aircraft in it and raced for many years at Reno. His family has not announced plans for a service.
— Member has an interesting web page — (7/26/17)
One of our long time members has assembled a large amount of information on his web page and blog that may be of interest to many of our members. You may navigate to his site by clicking here at CaptainBillyWalker.com. Captain Billy was also the founder and former president of the Arizona Chapter of Silver Wings Fraternity.
You are cordially invited to join the Silver Wings Fraternity if you have an interest in aviation, regardless whether or not you are a pilot. Silver Wings Fraternity Membership is open to any person with a genuine interest in aviation. Levels of accomplishment are recognized for Active Members who achieve specific aviation events to include; Solo flight in a powered aircraft, the Silver Anniversary of (25 years since) that Solo Flight, and Members who soloed more than 50 years ago.
Membership is open to men and women of all nations regardless of race, creed, color or national origin. We look forward to welcoming you into the Fraternity. If you have any questions, just write our National Secretary at the Contact Tab above.
Visitors to Sun’n Fun are cordially invited to stop by our clubhouse on “Clubhouse Row” to check us out and meet our friendly members. We look forward to meeting you!
We have plans underway to build a similar facility at “Air Venture” at Oshkosh so that we may host a members hospitality center there as well.