REPA Luncheon Report for Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Dixie Wing CAF's Red Tail P-51


We had a fine crowd, 35 or more, for the February 14th Atlanta REPA Luncheon, helped in part by six of our ladies… And of course a big reason was the return of our October Speaker, Tony Stein, who picked up his Slide Show where he left off, this time showing many, many photos of WW II airplanes, including five or more owned and flown by the Dixie Wing of the CAF… As many recall Tony had to cut his presentation short last October as another group had reserved the room, so we had to stop the show…

This day we had no time limits so Tony spoke and answered questions about the various airplanes for 90 minutes or longer! If you were not there you missed a fine time!

Among the group were several folks we had not seen in a long time, including Bill and Susan Reeves, Aubrey and Marian Reed and Tom O’Bryon…

We did have the usual Door Prize Drawing with Dan Frisch being the big winner ($15.00), Aubrey Reed ($10.00) and Marty Tabacchi ($5.00)…

A “dual” winner was Bob Webb, who took home a well-traveled bottle of Jagermiester Liqueur and Captain Pete Vanderluis’s book Born to Fly, donated by Jim Holder and Virgil Tedder respectfully…

Sadly our new screen didn't arrive in time but as the attached photo shows we did make the old one stand up and begrudgingly work once more!

Jim Holder

Tony Stein and Bob Webb

Tony Stein and his A/V return for the February 14th Atlanta REPA Luncheon


Those who were at the October Atlanta REPA Luncheon will recall that our Guest Speaker, Tony Stein, made an A/V Presentation on the Arsenal of Democracy, the big gaggle of WWII aircraft that last year flew over the Washington Mall, Capitol, Monument, etc. at low altitude…  

Sadly Tony had to cut his presentation short as our meeting room was booked for another group!

But Tony will be back next Tuesday (February 14th) to wrap that A/V presentation up and then tell us (via another A/V) all about the CAF Dixie Wing, located at Falcon Field near Peachtree City…

We have ordered a new and larger screen (most will recall the cussing and all that every time we had to erect that worn-out disaster we have been using for years!) and hopefully it will be delivered before next Tuesday…

As usual we will be meeting about 11:00 AM at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Godby Road, southwest of the airport… The program usually starts about noon…

Jim Holder

Great News about the 2017 REPA Convention!!!

We just receive the below message from 2017 REPA President Johnny Steinmetz (AKA Johnny Eastern)…

Jim Holder

Merry Christmas Christmas_iconsand Happy NewYear NewYear_icon to everyone!

On September 5th, 6th and 7th next year (2017) we will be having our REPA Convention at the Hyatt Regency at the Riverchase Galleria Mall, one of the premier malls in America. It is located in Birmingham, Alabama, about a two hour drive out I-20 West from Atlanta… That is a city we have never visited for a REPA convention. Mark your calendars!

Our attendees from the south (like Florida) can avoid Atlanta by taking I-10 to I-65 and zip on up to Birmingham… Those from the Carolinas simply go to Atlanta and then another two hours to the Hyatt.

The hotel is attached to the Mall so shopping, entertainment and dining are all around with additional shopping and entertainment venues within walking distance (Patton Creek).
Golf is available at a Robert Trent Jones course and the hotel has an all-inclusive package available at a fantastic price which including transportation, green fees and cart, all you need are your clubs and fellow players.
A city tour via motor coach will be available which will take us on a historic and trip around the city. You will see and learn things that you have never seen or heard about which makes Birmingham such a great and wonderful city.  I feel this tour pricing will be about $25 per person and last three hours. This is planned for Wednesday after the Ladies Luncheon.
Another, yet to be determined, tour will offer a visit to the Aviation Museum and Barber Motor Sports Museum and Track which would take about six hours to do both OR a tour of the Mercedes Plant and Museum which would take about the same amount of time.
Of course, at a later date, we will want to hear from the attendees to see if there is enough interest to do one of these tours on Thursday and which places they would like to see. I think the pricing will be about $40 per person, including the museum fees.
I have just barely touched on the many things to do in Birmingham while at our convention and  feel this meets the overwhelming input from our attendees to go to a “never before visited” city before we go back to another great place we have been to, this in 2018.
So….. It is cleared to BHM, as filed, for Eastern 2017!!!!
Much more about the convention in the 2017 REPArtee! To be mailed the latter part of May.

Johnny Eastern

Report on the 2016 REPA Convention

What Happened in Asheville
(or at least most of what happened!)

Please visit the HERE for a full report on the 2016 REPA Convention

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