Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting January 20, 2018

Udvar Hazy

Schedule for Saturday – January 20th, 2018

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 business meeting)

10:30AM - 11:30AM – Presentation by Michael O'Neal, Aviation Artist, Author and Historian
WW I Uniforms at the Golden Age Air Museum
“Case Histories” presents history and context of the collection of WW 1 Aviation Uniforms at the Golden Age Air Museum.   Examples of original uniforms of the French Air Service, RFC/RAF, US Air Service (enlisted, Observer, pilot and Balloon observer) and the German Air Service, related memorabilia/ephemera will be discussed in their historic context and for the many attributed examples their specific stories will be presented.  From US Training Command to front-line combat pilots, the ten uniforms cover the gamut of aviators experiences during the conflict.

 11:45AM - 12:30PM – Presentation by Carl J. Bobrow, Museum Specialist, Author and Historian
Insights & Reflections on Technological Innovations During WW1

The names of inventors and innovators such as Junkers, Fokker, Constantinescu and Squier figure largely in the history of aviation. In the four long years that marked WWI the attempt to gain the initiative rapidly advanced the scope of aeronautical technology and the application of the airplane for the battlefront. Within this larger framework some lesser known advancements of aircraft design, armament and communications are worthy of closer examination as they reveal innovations and the surge of technological advancements that would cast a long shadow over the future of warfare.

12:30PM - 1:15PM – Lunch at McDonalds or at McDonalds Café, 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 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, Author and Historian
The German Fighter Competition of January 1918.

As German forces mobilized for their last all-out, win-or-lose offensive on the Western Front, the Luftstreitkräfte held a competition in January 1918, from which it hoped an advanced fighter design would emerge that would restore it to primacy—or at least local air superiority—after months of tenuously getting by with the nimble but slow Fokker Dr.I, the structurally suspect Albatros D.V and the disappointingly overweight and underpowered Pfalz D.III. The ultimate winner would enter production as the Fokker D.VII, but the Germans paradoxically hedged their bets by adopting several other competitors for production, limiting the numbers of Fokker D.VII’s they produced at a critical juncture while filling out the ranks of numerous Jagdstaffeln with Siemens-Schuckert Were D.III’s and D.IV’s, Roland D.VI’s, Pfalz Dr.I’s, Pfalz D.VIII’s and upgrades on outdated machines such as the Albatros D.Va (the most-produced of all German fighters) and Pfalz D.IIIa. The ultimate result when the Kaiserschlacht was launched could best be described as underwhelming.

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, 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:

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The sessions from the previous meeting are available on the League’s YouTube channel…http://goo.gl/0lCrox