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COPA Super Savannah Fly-In Saturday May 18

by on May.20, 2013, under Flying

On Saturday May 18, Joyce and I had the pleasure of hosting a fly-in to Savannah, Georgia as part of the COPA Southern Region events team. We had a great group of COPA pilots and partner, coming from as far away as California, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Some flew in on Friday to get a early start, with the majority arriving Saturday morning.

GreetingsArrivalFlight LineWelcome

 

Everyone was transported to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum for the beginning of the program. After registration and a few organizational details, Chuck Copley and Chuck Watson presented a one and a half hour seminar on Thunderstorm avoidance and weather planning. The feed back was very good in that attendees gained a renewed appreciation for the danger of thunderstorms and a new perspective on types, sources and uses of weather data. As one attendee put it, “there are some real important nuggets in there”. I’m sure this seminar is going to be repeated at future South East COPA get together

Chuck Copley opens the seminarChuck Watson presents

After a buffet lunch in the seminar room we met our tour guide Gil Terry who did a super job of telling the incredible story about this page of aviation history covering the air war in Europe in WWII.

The Museum tells the story with exhibits and simulation that cover the prelude to the war, the battle of Britain, a simulation of the planning, aircraft preparation and actual combat mission over Germany. Starting in an actual Quonset hut, we were briefed, saw a film of the ground crew preparing and repairing the B‑17’s and then sat in a theater with multiple screens with actual combat film taking you on board a bomber on a mission. This was very well done and everyone gained an appreciation for those that served. We then viewed actual aircraft and exhibits on equipment from that period. During that time COPA members met an 93 year old bombardier/navigator who had been shot down and was a prisoner of war who was visiting the museum. The COPA members thanked him for his service. We learned that 26,000 crew members died and 24,000 were POW’s, which gave us a greater appreciation of those who served. Our guide showed us a picture of the main characters of the book “A Higher Call”, that was taken at the museum. Other exhibits told the story of the POW’s, the women in the Air Force and the end of the war. We scratched the surface in the two hour tour, it was poignant but a very good visit.

Super guide Gil TerryPrelude to the warInteresting ExhibitsFasinating storyB-17 in restoration P-51 chases a Me 109 by a B-17Discussion the exhibitA higher callCOPA thanks you for your service

 

We left the hotel for the Mulberry Inn in the historic district of downtown Savannah and arrived just in time for complementary wine and cheese. Some members did a little touring of the river front near by and others relaxed and socialized. After freshening up it was time for cocktails in our private room, then dinner. Everyone had time to get to know their fellow COPA members, discuss the day and of course aviation. It was a very jolly evening and everyone seemed to have a good time socializing. The evening was made even more pleasant courtesy of Executive Air of Hilton Head, who sponsored the wine with dinner.

Cocktails before dinnerAvaition talkDiscussing the dayRelax with a cocktailSocialize

 

Dinner was served and was very good!

More discussions at dinnerEnjoying dinnerDeep discussion at diinerDinner conversation

 

Coffee and desert and more socializing and the evening came to an end, with everyone having had a very full COPA day.

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