Saturday – April 27 will be the 28th meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the League of World War I Aviation Historians.
Schedule for Saturday – April 27th, 2019
10:00AM - Museum door opens
Pre-meeting Book Exchange…. we are going to continue our book exchange. The idea is for attending members to go through their own collection and find aviation or WWI books that they no longer want and exchange them for equal or lesser value. How does that work… if you have a paperback you can exchange it for another paperback if you have a hardcover you can exchange it for a hardcover or paperback. The limit will be four (4) books per member. Special thanks to Frank Garove a member of the group who made a generous donation of nearly 100 aviation books.
10:15AM - 10:30AM – Meeting begins in Classroom 2a and 2b – Nuts, Bolts, Stick and Fabric (the opening remarks and our short administrative confab)
10:30AM - 11:30AM – Presentation by Thomas Paone
“The Balloon Beautiful”: US Lighter-Than-Air Aviation on the Western Front
One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of aviation during the First World War is military ballooning. Observation balloons uncovered enemy movements and concentrations, spoiled attacks, and directed long-range artillery fire with deadly accuracy. This enhanced ability led to the bloody stalemate of trench warfare. These crucial functions made balloons a prime target of aircraft, and many were sent aflame back to earth. This presentation will discuss the formation of ballooning in the US military, and the conduct of US observation balloon companies in the First World War.
11:45AM - 12:30PM – Presentation by Christine and Phil Hunt
“A Brave Aviator and a Gentleman”
At nineteen years of age Alfred Charles Garrett Fowler would find himself piloting one of the largest bombers of the Great War. Launched by a personal family story the unraveling of the intriguing details of the role of a Handley Page O/400 bomber pilot in the RAF’s Independent Force at the southern end of the Western Front in 1918 would come to light. The in-depth research process, the politics of war governance relating to the Independent Force and descriptions of targets and geographical locations of the aerodromes as well as detail of the last mission of the nineteen-year-old pilot and other crew of the “Bloody Paralyser” will be shared.
12:30PM - 1:15PM – Lunch at McDonalds, or if you are inclined of course you can brown-bag-it.
1:30PM -2:15PM – Works in Progress (WiP)!
Typically we have some interesting WIP’s that will be shared at these meetings…
If you have something to share please do so in this section of the meeting it is the perfect opportunity to share, request and exchange information, and some very good opportunities have come at this portion of the meeting
2:30PM – 3:15PM - Presentation by Jon Guttman
“Italy’s Foreign Legion of the Air”
More than two dozen foreign citizens entered the Italian air service or navy as fliers. One reason they are overlooked compared to those who flew with the French was that they were invariably of Italian ancestry. Still, they came as volunteers and a few achieved acedom or other fame. There were even some, like Giorgio Pessi, aka Giuliano Parvis (7 victories), who hailed from Hapsburg-controlled parts of Italia Irredenta and would have been hanged had they fallen into Austro-Hungarian hands.
3:30PM – Meeting room closes
3:30 – 5:30PM On your own tour of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
5:30PM – The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center closes
We would appreciate an RSVP as soon as possible so that we can gauge the number of people planning to attend.
There is no formal membership required to attend therefore if you know of anyone who is interested in this aspect of aviation history they are most welcome.
The parent organization, the League of World War I Aviation Historians, (link) http://www.overthefront.com/ publishes a periodic journal and there are dues for that, if anyone wants to join, they are welcome on their own to do so outside of this meeting.
There is no fee for attending the meeting, although there is a $15 parking fee at the museum, therefore consider carpooling.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate contacting us: