Saturday, October 28 BBQ Lunch and Program: Scrapping Our World War II Air Force

For our Saturday, October 28, BBQ Lunch meeting, Scott Thompson will present on a widely-known but less-understood topic: Scrapping Our World War II Air Force.

(This program was originally scheduled for July 22 but that meeting was cancelled due to summer heat.)

Rows of aircraft engines removed from surplus bombers at the Kingman boneyard

Almost everyone has seen pictures of the endless rows of surplus warplanes gathered at remote desert fields after the end of World War II. Why were these bombers and fighters seemingly abandoned? What happened to them? Did we just scrap them and turn them into pots and pans? This presentation provides the details of what we did with a massive air force no longer needed.

War weary B-17's at Kingman AZ, waiting to be destroyed : r/WWIIplanes

Scott Thompson is the author of several books and numerous articles on different aspects of American aviation history. He has specialized in the post-war civilian use of World War II aircraft and thus has extensively researched the process of how the U.S. disposed of surplus warplanes. He maintains an historical aviation website at
BBQ Lunch starts at 11:00 at our hangar at the Lincoln Regional Airport. If you are not familiar with our hangar’s location, come to the airport and just follow the “EAA” signs.

The grill is hot from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. when it shuts down, so come early. BBQ Lunch is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 12 and under, and $25 for families.

And, for your convenience, we are now accepting credit and debit cards, plus other methods of electronic payment, for our meals, t-shirts, dues, and donations. Please join us on Saturday.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawks stacked on their noses to save space at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas after World War II

IMC/VMC club online meeting Thurs. October 5 at 7 pm PDT

Our online IMC/VMC club meeting for the month of October will be held this coming Thursday beginning at 7 pm PDT. 
This interactive educational event will feature two “What Would You Do?” video scenarios.  The IMC scenario will involve an IFR approach where, after breaking out from a 700 foot overcast on final approach, one of the gear legs of your retractable single is not down and locked.  The VMC scenario involves a takeoff from Leadville, Colorado in a Cherokee 180 where you get distracted and your plan to make a go-no go decision based on actual takeoff performance goes awry.
All participants are invited to share their experience and decision making in these situations of unexpected challenges.
In order to access this event, clicking the link below at 7 PM PDT on Thursday, October 5th:

Fly safe!