Member Meeting May 2018

Robert Nance on Army Huey Pilot Training and Missions: It's Not If, It's When

Our monthly Member Meetings typically include updates on important Museum news, a raffle, video presentations, a chance to visit with other Museum members, snacks, and a presentation by a featured speaker. Speakers may include military Veterans, historians, civic leaders, and other people with interesting stories to tell of their historical research or their aviation or military experiences.

Robert Nance: US Army UH-1 Huey Pilot, Vietnam

Robert Nance joins us to share his stories about flying the UH-1 Huey Helicopter during the Vietnam War. His talk will include details on flight school and training during the mid 1960s. He will focus on his Vietnam combat tour flying with the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company from 15 January 1968 through 15 January 1969. Bob will also discuss his flight instructor duties teaching pilots bound for Vietnam. After joining the California Army National Guard, his flying included the UH-60G Blackhawk on a combat tour as medical evacuation pilot in Bosnia, and search and rescue missions over the Sierras.

About Robert Nance

Robert Nance was raised and schooled in Napa, graduating High School in 1963. He joined the US Army while attending junior college in December 1967. He received his Army wings in December 1968. After completing his one-year combat tour in Vietnam, Bob served as flight instructor at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. Bob returned to Napa to join the Napa Fire Department in 1971. In 1975 he joined the National Guard and returned to flying, conducting combat “medevac” missions in Bosnia in 1998-1999. Having survived a 2001 crash at Mt. Shasta flying search and rescue, Bob left active duty that year and also retired from the Napa Fire Department. He has accumulated approximately 8000 flying hours and earned, as he puts it, “a bunch of attaboys and aww shucks” over his six decades of flying.

Air Show Meeting at 6:00 immediately before the Member Meeting

The 2018 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show is being planned!

Each month we have an open Air Show meeting, just before the monthly Member Meeting. We talk about performers, volunteers, staffing, vendors, attractions, and all the other important things that go into an event like this. 

These meetings are your chance to find out what’s happening, get a look at the plans, and contribute your own opinions and ideas. We encourage you to attend. 

The Air Show meetings take place at 6:00 p.m. and run through about 6:45 p.m., and are in the same room as the Member Meetings.

Find out more about our Member Meetings.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


3200 N. Laughlin Road

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Free for Members and Guests


H-34 Choctaw helicopter sitting on an airport ramp in preparation for the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show.
Open Cockpit: Vertical Lift Weekend - H-34 Choctaw and UH-1H Huey Helicopters
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Look inside these classic helicopters!

Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft diving straight down and trailing smoke
Air Show Meeting March 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Help Plan the 2019 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show!

drawing of a hot dog on a bun
Hot Dog Thursday: April
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First of the season! Have a Hot Dog Lunch among the aircraft in our collection!