EAA Chapter 25

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EAA Chapter 25 February, 2021 Activities

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The February, 2021 Chapter meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 2/17/2021 at 7:00 pm. It will be a virtual Zoom meeting due to COVID-19 precautions. If you have not yet participated in a Zoom internet conference meeting, navigate to Zoom.com and download and install a free version of the Zoom software. The Zoom software can be downloaded to a PC, laptop, iPad/Windows/Android tablet or smartphone.

See the Upcoming Events page for the Zoom link, Meeting ID and Passcode. Contact Mike York at [email protected] or Kim Johnson at [email protected] if have technical questions.

This months presenter is Colonel Richard Graham, (Ret). Richard will do a presentation regarding his flying the SR-71 from 1974 – 1989.

Colonel Richard Graham (Ret.) graduated from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio in 1964. In 1977 and 1979, he was subsequently awarded master’s degrees in Sociology and Public Administration from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California. Colonel Graham graduated from Air Force pilot training in 1965 at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, and remained at Craig as a T-37 Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner until 1970. Upon completion of F-4 “Phantom” fighter training, he flew 210 combat missions over North Vietnam and Laos in 1971-1972 and as a “Wild Weasel” pilot in 1972-1973.

Colonel Graham was selected to enter the SR-71 strategic reconnaissance program at Beale AFB, California in 1974. He flew the SR-71 for the next seven years, piloting the world’s fastest and highest-flying jet aircraft. In 1980, he was selected to be the SR-71 squadron commander at Beale, where he served until his assignment to Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama.

After a tour of duty at the Pentagon, during which he was promoted to Colonel, Graham was appointed Vice Wing Commander of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB. In June 1987, he became the 9th Wing Commander, and during that time was afforded the opportunity to fly the SR-71, U-2, T-38 and KC-135Q concurrently for over two years.

During his 25 years of Air Force service, he amassed 4,600 hours of flight time, retiring in 1989. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Medal with 18 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Please plan on attending this excellent presentation from wherever you happen to be.  See you Wednesday night, February 17, 2021!

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Ch. 25 Pietenpol Build Project – The 3 owners of the Pietenpol are working on painting the airplane.

Thursday Evenings – CH 701 Build Project  – The CH 701 Build Project has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 virus precautions. Contact Reggie Roorda at: [email protected] or Jerry Schirro at: [email protected] for more information about the project.

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