May 27, 2016 – This long-anticipated meeting actually began on May 26 when warnings of unstable weather conditions triggered a rash of cancellations from UFO members in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, and Michigan. However, the “show went on” as planned and by the close of the meeting those attending were talking only about their enjoyment of the day!
UFO Charles Holleman of West Lafayette and former Professor at Purdue, hosted the meeting. Fourteen UFO members attended, including three from Illinois, plus three guests. Our newest member, George Palmer of West Lafayette, was introduced during the luncheon. George is well-known at Purdue and in the aviation world, having designed and assisted in building the wind tunnel at Purdue.
Following a delicious lunch at Wiley Dining Court, our host led the group on a tour of the facilities housing the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology where they met Supervisor Bill Crabill. Included was the Aerospace Engineering Lab where the Wind Tunnel is housed, and the Simulator Building bearing Charles Holleman’s name. A meeting with Brian Stirm, whose position includes working with aircraft maintenance and Swift Aviation, provided an opportunity for questions from the group.
It was truly an AVIATION DAY in every respect and more than one member was overheard to say, “Wow! This was the best meeting ever!”