WWI AeroHist. Meeting 4/29/95

Lionel Kearns (Lionel_kearns@sfu.ca)
Tue, 18 Apr 1995 13:38:48 -0700

Here is a something that might be of interest (meeting or the group) for
those who live in the Eastern US. Or others.

>Date: Tue, 18 Apr 1995 06:36:35 -0500
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>X-Comment: Military History of the First World War
>The League of World War One Aviation Historians
>Atlantic Coast Chapter
>Host Bill Marshall announces that South Amboy, NJ, has been cleared as the
>familiar site of the Atlantic Coast Chapters annual Spring meeting. The
>meeting will be held at Christ Episcopal Church Hall, the 2nd floor, a mere
>500 feet down the block from more familiar Masonic Hall. Following leads and
>suggestions made at last October's meeting at the New England Air Museum,
>there will be speakers on "The Development of Aircraft Engines" (Robert
>Meyer, Former curator of Aero Propulsion, Nat'l Air and Space Museum) and
>"The Big Picture - The Airplane in World War I" (Atty. Louis E. Della Torre,
>Jr.). The second in the Chapter's series of "Show-N-Tell" Forums will survey
>hot topics, obsessions, projects, etc., among the membership, with Carl
>Bobrow as Moderator. - and, as usual, members and guests are invited to bring
>items for sale, and or display. Doors open at 9:00 A.M., proceedings will
>begin at 10:00 and conclude by 3:30 P.M. A light lunch at nominal cost will
>be available. Mark April 29 on your calendar now !
>How did the airplane affect the course of World War I? How did the First
>World War influence the development of the airplane ? How did World War I
>aviation influence events through World War II? These three questions will
>be raised and answers suggested by Atty. Louis E. Della Torre, Jr. at the New
>Jersey meeting of the Atlantic Coast Chapter on April 29th in South Amboy,
>where he will be a featured presenter.
>Lou was inducted into the study of World War I aviation through repeated
>contacts with the late Capt. Arthur Raymond Brooks when both men were members
>of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Lou has a
>wide range of 1914-18 interests, including aircraft and anti-aircraft
>weapons, recon and artillery spotting aircraft, trench and ground strafing,
>aviators who flew in both World Wars - and songs that World War I pilots
>Atty. Della Torre is affiliated with the firm of Schumann, Hanlon & Panepinto
>in Jersey City, NJ, since 1973. He is married, with one each college student
>son and daughter.
>Langley and Manly had the lead, but the Wrights had the ability, thus the
>race forward and upward began. The engine, one of the most critical
>components of any aircraft and mechanically the most complex would in many
>cases make the difference of success or failure, life or death. How then did
>the state of engine technology change from an almost crude hand wrought
>product to the mass produced high performance motors by wars end? Also to be
>explored, the competition which ensued over engine type, radial versus
>inline, which still continues to this day.
>Robert B. Meyer, Jr. served as curator of Aero Propulsion, National Air and
>Space Museum, for twenty years until he retired in 1981. A pilot since 1939,
>he served for three years in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a
>first Lieutenant, He is author of many books and articles about Aero
>Propulsion and has lectured often on this subject at colleges and
>Works-in-Progress Personal Presentations for 29 April 1995
>The "Show-N-Tell" program feature, requested by the Chapter membership, and
>so successful at last Octobers meeting, will be part of the program at South
>Amboy next month. If you wish to be part. . .
>1.) Please prepare a brief presentation of your current aviation interests.
> Examples: Photo collection, Research project, Modeling project, Database
>of aces, planes, etc., Collections, Trip reports, Publication plans, etc.,
>2.) Please mail or call Tom Leamon by 15 April a 3-4 sentence description of
>what you'd like to do, plus a request for any special equipment you need. . .
> Such as: Slide projector, VCR, over head projector, sound system,
>Tom Leamon P.O. Box 58 Whately, MA 01093
>E-Mail: tomspad@aol.com Home: 413-247-9800 Studio: 413-247-9840
>The April 29th meeting will be held in South Amboy, NJ, at the Christ
>Episcopal Church's Shepherd Hall (2nd Floor), Main Street just 4-500 feet in
>the same block as the Masonic Hall.
>By Rail: Take AMTRAK, NJ Transit, LIRR or PATH to New York's or Newark's
>Penn Station. Switch at either station for North Jersey Coast Line New
>Jersey Transit Train to South Amboy. Take cab to Church on Main St.
>Garden State Parkway South: Keep right over the Driscoll Bridge (Raritan
>River). After toll booth, take first exit-right (mile 124). At end of exit
>road, turn left. Pass over the Parkway, go straight thru traffic light.
> Follow Washington Rd. past cemetery (right) and Sacred Heart Church (left).
> At Y intersection, turn left. Go to next traffic light. This is Stevens
>Ave. Church is 4-500 ft. on past Masonic Hall.
>New Jersey Turnpike South: Turn off at exit 11. Take Garden State Pkwy. South
>over Driscoll Br. Follow directions above.
>New Jersey Turnpike North: Turn off at exit 10. Take Rt. 440 East to Garden
>State Pkwy. South (approx. 1 mile). Follow directions above.
>Route 1 either direction: Rte 9 South at Woodbridge, cross over Edison Br.
> At end of Bridge, go right. Follow signs to S. Amboy Business District to
>next traffic light. (Century Chevy on right) Go to next light (Stevens Ave.)
>The Church on Main St. will be visible.
>>From Brooklyn: Verrazano Br. across Staten Island. South to the Outerbridge
>Crossing, continue on Rt. 440 West to Rte. 9 South. Continue on Rte. 9 as
>>From St. Omer/Nieuwport: Take any biplane across English Channel to any
>London-area aerodrome. Use ground transportation to Heathrow. Board a
>contemporary commercial jet, cross the BIG pond to New York City. Lease a
>Stanley Steamer or Packard Touring Limo and good luck!