Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting November 23, 2019

Saturday – November 23 will be the 29th meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the League of World War I Aviation Historians.


Schedule for Saturday – November 23rd, 2019

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 administrative confab)

10:30AM - 11:30AM – Presentation by Harlan Lanoue

Mansell JamesCapt. Mansell R. James: Born in Canada he joined the RFC in September 1917 and was posted to the famed 45th Squadron in early 1918. Flying and fighting over the Italian front with some well-known members of RFC/RAF. While in Italy he was credited with 11 confirmed aerial victories. He disappeared after setting a postwar aviation record flying a Sopwith Camel for prize money, and was the object of repeated searches throughout the years. The presentation will cover Mansell James' boyhood, military experience and incidents leading up to the competition for the $1,000 prize offered by The Boston Globe and the mystery of his disappearance and the subsequent searches over the years.

11:45AM - 12:30PM – Presentation by Jon GuttmanNieuport Scout

The Rise and Fall of the Sesquiplane: In January 1914, Nieuport designer Gustave Delage worked out a wing cellule that would involve a single spar lower wing providing external bracing for the two-spar upper wing, creating a reasonably steady bracing medium that offered the advantage of a better downward view for the pilot as well as improved maneuverability. It began with the Nieuport 10 two-seater, but with the emergence of the fighter plane it swiftly evolved into a series of successful Nieuport scouts, the 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 24bis, 25 and 27. It also made such an impression on the Germans during the Battle of Verdun that virtually all of their manufacturers were ordered to come up with a sesquiplane of their own, ranging from outright copies to adaptations, including the Albatros D.III, D.V and D.Va. It was the latter that brought the wire-braced sesquiplane to its performance peak—and just as definitively demonstrated where the sesquiplane arrangement went wrong.

12:30PM - 1:15PM – Lunch at McDonalds, 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 in 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

Charlie Walthall - Tangible Links ongoing research on the airfield at Malzeville where Henri Farre did his paintings and sketches.
Susannah Johnson - WWI ace Orville Ralston who flew SE5 and Camels during WWI.
Steve Suddaby -
Zeppelins Over Edinburgh, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Jon Barrett -Wes Archer’s camera revealed!

2:30PM – 3:15PM - Presentation by Alexander T. Calta

Ray Brooks and ground crew with Smith IV Ray Brooks goes to War: Upon entry into World War One, Americans found themselves  unprepared for modern warfare.  In the rush to build up its Air Service, the Army sought technically minded young men from across the United States to become pilots.  Arthur Raymond Brooks, a fresh graduate of MIT, joined these ranks and recorded his experiences in detail from his flight training to the end of the war and beyond.  His diary and logbook both serve as articulate accounts of the American Air Service's role in the war and a poignant insight into how American pilots dealt with difficult conditions on the front.  This presentation will use these sources to illustrate the challenges faced by the Air Service. 

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, (link) http://www.overthefront.com/ 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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