February 17, 2016
C.J. Stephens, (Lt. Col. USAF, Retired):
C J Stephens will take us step-by-step through one particular daytime bombing mission to Hanoi in 1972. On this mission, the strike package was about 100 planes, each carrying twelve 750-pound bombs. It was an active day, and they were confronted by the opposition's many defensive weapons. Most people don't know the details of how USAF pilots did their jobs in Vietnam and the excitement they might experience on any given day. He plans to reveal some of the nuts and bolts, and let you know how it was all done.
About C J Stephens
C J is a founding member of the Pacific Coast Air Museum and aviator par excellence. He flies props, gliders, jets, commercial, classics, warbirds, homebuilts, multis, singles, fighters, and the list goes on. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Studies and a Master of Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
C J is a native of Sonoma County, and first started flying in a Piper J-2 Cub when he was fifteen. He went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force, flying 232 combat missions in Vietnam and 3,000 hours in F-4 Phantoms. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and twelve Air Medals. He also holds USAF Navigator and Bombardier wings. He built a VariEze and flew it for 10 years, then a Glasair III and logged 1,800 flight hours in it. In 1997, C J was the first recipient of the Spirit of Flight Award which was awarded by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots for Outstanding Achievement in Flight Research. The EAA recently honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He served as chief test pilot for the CAFE Foundation, evaluating the performance of more than 22 types of experimental aircraft. He has been involved with the EAA since 1980 and has performed more than 20 first flights for other home builders.
C J is a flight instructor in single- and multi-engine aircraft and gliders. He has provided training for in-flight emergencies and formation flying techniques and he has trained many of the pilots who have flown in the Reno National Air Races. He has also raced at Reno in the Unlimited and Sport classes.
Location:Columbia Distributing (formerly Mesa Beverage)
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA, 95403
Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Columbia Distributing building is located on the left (east) side of the street a couple hundred yards past the museum.