General Membership Meeting
11 October 2012

The annual Flight line Meeting was held at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) hangar at the airport in San Marcos, Texas. Some members arrived early to look at the airplanes, the museum, or re hydrate.

Flight Captain, LtCol Ron Butler, called the meeting to order at 1700 Hours in the Officer's Club. He asked all to bow their heads and offered the invocation. He also led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Flight toasted our departed Daedalians and the Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States.

The Flight Captain thanked all for attending and requested each table to introduce their guest:
Ray Clausen Speaker
Don Cook Mike Lopinto
Guest Ken Firestone
Mark Jbeily CFIP cadet
Mrs. Jbeily Mother
Miss Jbeily Sister
Miss Jbeily Sister
Diane Stevens Scott Stevens

Honored guests were toasted.

The Flight Captain requested all to be seated, and then members and guests formed a line for the outstanding barbeque buffet.

When the Flight Captain reconvened the meeting following dinner, he announced a 10-minute break. After the break, the Adjutant was requested to read the Minutes of the last meeting but there was a motion to accept the Minutes as written.

LtCol Ron Butler presented solo jackets to ROTC Cadet Mark Jbeily. Mark gave thanks and described his flying activities and future in the Navy. Mark accepted the jacket for Cadet Jenna Fechner, who could not attend due to an ROTC commitment.

Tim Black briefed the group on their operation and flying activities. Ray Clausen, who is in charge of maintenance, spoke about his team's efforts to keep them flying. Here's some information from their web site "The Central Texas Wing hangar houses four CAF aircraft for which the Wing has maintenance and restoration responsibility: a very-rare flying P-39Q Bell "Airacobra," the B-25 Mitchell "Yellow Rose," a BT-13 "Valiant" and the U-3A "Administrator" is always in the hangar, when not flying air shows with the "Tora, Tora, Tora!" group.
Two other CAF aircraft are housed with us, the CAF replica "Kate" #310 from the movies Tora, Tora, Tora and Pearl Harbor and the Bell P-63F King Cobra. Other aircraft in the hangar are privately owned by CAF members and used to support the missions of the CAF. Among these are 4 AT-6 Texan types, a Japanese Zero replica, built for the movie Tora, Tora, Tora, a Chinese-built CJ-6A trainer, the Beech T-34A "Mentor", and a Lockheed T-33 "Shooting Star" jet trainer. "More information is available on their web site Membership is only $50.
Ron Butler invited the members to participate in the Veterans' Day Parade in Austin on Sunday November 11th. Enough people have convertibles to ride this time.
Another fun event is the Commemorative Air Force Hangar Dance that will also be in celebration of Veteran's Day. This is an event held in their Hangar with BBQ and dancing to the Sentimental Journey which plays a lot of WW II music. People come in WW II uniforms or period costumes, and it is a great evening while supporting the CAF.

John Mastroianni has rejoined the flight after having served previously as Treasurer.

The Raffle took in a total of $63.

The Flight Captain encouraged everyone to attend the Christmas Dance on 9 December. The meeting was adjourned at 2030 Hours.