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Report on the Rocket Launch at the Atlanta REPA Luncheon today!

Folks….

Short message on the Atlanta REPA Luncheon today…

We had a very nice turnout, probably because they knew Virgil Tedder was planning to show an In-House video made by the company that launched the “Falcon Heavy” rocket a few days ago…

It started 17 minutes before lift-off and continued until the red car and dummy were thrust into space and the two booster rockets safely landed on the target pads, almost at the same second!
We did learn that this has happened nine times and six of those boosters have been used again!

The video was 37 minutes long and well worth dragging our laptop, speakers, projector, stand, extension cord and screen in for the show!

We had two first timers today! Cal Andrews and Bill Marsh (who stated that he was in the very last pilot class hired by Eastern, in October 1986)… Both plan to come again many times! We had two Best of REPArtee DVD’s for the raffle but Virgil suggested we just give them to Cal and Bill…

We did have the cash door prizes with winners Bob Fuhrman ($15.00), Kitty Drawdy ($10.00) and Johnny Johnson ($5.00)…

Jim Holder

Rocket Launch at the Atlanta REPA Luncheon next Tuesday!

Folks……

Sure is nice to be able to send you’all something besides the passing of one of our fellow Eastern Pilots!

Anyhow Virgil Tedder is putting together a video presentation of the recent launch of Falcon Heavy, the combo of three rockets making up the heaviest rocket since the moon landings (or so one or two TV fellows said!)…

All this to send a Red Electric Topless Car (with what appears to be a driver) on a mission that apparently will last 1-2 Billion Years (unless it hits something!)…

Virgil is going to show this presentation at the February 13th Atlanta REPA Luncheon (that is next Tuesday) and it promises to be a Dilly! Dilly!

So…. Mark Your Calendar and meet us about 11:00 AM at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Godby Road just east of Old National Highway just southwest of the Atlanta Airport (and south of I-285)…

Jim Holder

Report and Photo from January 9th Atlanta REPA Luncheon

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Folks….
 
A large crowd was on hand to hear Guest Speaker Jim Towne (son of Eastern Captain Paul Towne) deliver an excellent 30 minute A/V show on his dad’s wartime experience as a B-17G PIC…
 
And in later life perform an impossible feat by safely landing an Eastern 1011 that lost a second engine on a Two Engine Ferry take-off at Mexico City…. This in February 1964…
 
Afterwards we had a nice session of comments and such about what happened in Mexico City…
 
As Guests we had Marie Towne, Jim’s wife and Carrie Holder, my wife…
 
We did have time for the Door Prize Drawings which result in;
 
$15.00 won by Ernie Boetz
$10.00 won by Ernie Boetz (this is not a typo)
$  5.00 won by Charlie Brown

DVD movie “Sully” donated by Jerry Frost and won by Jim Holder

The photo you see above, (Jim Holder on left and Jim Towne on right) was captured from a cell phone movie of the presentation recorded by Jim Towne…
 
Jim Holder

Excellent Slide Show at the January 9th Atlanta REPA Luncheon!!!

Folks….
 
We are having a special treat at the January 9th Atlanta REPA Luncheon…
 
Mr. Jim Towne, son of Eastern Captain Paul Towne, will present a Slide Show of about 30 Slides, the first part regarding his dad’s 50 missions in a B-17G during WWII…
 
Following that he will give us (again via Slides) an extensive presentation of what Captain Towne and his crew did when, on February 9, 1974, they lost a second engine, just at lift off, on a Two Engine L-1011 Ferry flight out of Mexico City, the aircraft being Tail Number 318, sometimes known as the Ghost Ship!
 
Jim has asked me to assist him in this presentation and after about two weeks of practice we believe that this show will be of great interest to all…
 
We also will be collecting 2018 REPA Dues at the Luncheon, preferably by check… Remember that the Dues are $40.00 for Regular Members and $35.00 for Affiliates…
 
As usual we will be meeting at the Piccadilly Cafeteria located at 2449 Godby Road, College Park, GA 30349, just east of Old National Highway, just south of I-285…
 
We start arriving at 11:00 AM when they open and the program starts about noon…
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Jim Holder

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