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Founded in 1989, the
Pacific Coast Air Museum
is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, preserving aviation history, and providing an educational venue for students and the community.

We also honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life.

"One seldom finds such a collection of user-friendly aircraft amidst congenial hosts and lovely wine-country weather. Learn about the vast array of educational programs, scout activities and the opportunities for birthday parties and other gatherings. Bring your family - bring the kids from school - bring the scout troop. ...you´ll find it hard to leave."
Tom Reed
Secretary of the Air Force
1976-77

Member Meeting

July 18, 2012
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Flying a glider to 90,000 feet!


Our July 18th Guest Speaker is Einar Enevoldson, former USAF Captain, NASA test pilot, founder and Chairman of the Board of The Perlan Project. Einar will share his incredible story of the project that will result in flying a glider to an altitude of 90,000 feet! He and Steve Fosset set a glider world record of 50,671 feet in 2006 flying Perlan I proving the concept. They piloted a modified DG505M, in stratospheric mountains waves generated by the Polar Vortex over el Calafate, Argentina.
Einar Enevoldson
Einar Enevoldson suited up
In 1992, Einar first envisioned the Perlan Project when a LIDAR image of a stratospheric mountain wave, at 75,000 feet above Northern Scandinavia was first shown in Germany. Einar believed that such mountain waves could be used to fly a sailplane to astonishing heights.

BIO

A lifelong glider pilot, Einar is a former jet fighter pilot in the USAF, and exchange officer with the Royal Air Force where he attended the Empire Test Pilot’s School in Farnborough, England. Following graduation, he served as a test pilot on the Hunter, Lightning and Javelin British fighter aircraft from 1966 to 1967. From 1968 until 1986 Einar was a NASA research pilot at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA. Among the many planes he flew for NASA were the YF-12A (Interceptor version of the SR-71), the oblique wing AD-1, Controlled Deep Stall Sailplane and the X-24B Lifting Body. He was twice awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. http://perlanproject.org/
Einar Enevoldson
Perlan I

Einar Enevoldson
Perlan II
Einar Enevoldson
Some planes Einar has flown

Einar Enevoldson
 

Location:

Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA

Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street just past the museum and Nob Hill south gate.

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August 15 No member meeting. Enjoy our Wings over Wine Country Air Show on 18th-19th.
September 19 Wayne Laessig, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Ret.) on the little known operations of C-119 gunships operating in Southeast Asia during the early years of the Vietnam War before the AC-47s and AC-130s.
October 17 Shelby Valentine, Retired Pan Am Flight Attendant and Co-Author of Pan Am Unbuckled. Shelby will be talking about her flying days with Pam Am from 1969 through 1991. Autographed books sales.
November 21 Don Fraser, Captain, USMC, F-8 pilot and Author of Security Blankets, How Peanuts Touched Our Lives. Don will be sharing his experiences flying the Crusader- the Marine Corps and Navy’s preeminent fighter in the late ‘50s and ‘60s. This is the same model that was once known as the Plane in the Park in San Francisco and now here at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.
December 19 No speaker. Enjoy the Membership Christmas gathering.

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