Sunday, 12 July 2009

2009 ASAA Forum - Part Six

Looking Back.

Having attended three ASAA forums, I can say that this year's was the best yet. As always the welcome was warm and friendly, and it was great to catch up with friends, albeit I only get to see most of them at these annual events.

The academic sessions tipped the balance, and it was both a pleasure and informative to hear the various speakers share their knowledge. Aside from these formal sessions it was also hugely enjoyable to chat over a beer for several hours each evening about aviation and art. During these sessions the air was a buzz with hints, tips, and all kinds of useful information.

I'd like to thanks all those that worked to make the forum the success it was, in particularly Nan and Mike O'Neal, Gerry Asher for making sure that the beer never run out, and all the other members of the board.

Thanks also to all the staff of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum for all their generosity, help, and hardwork at the museum.

Looking Forward.

Next years forum is hoped to be in San Antonio to coincide with the 100th anniversary of US Army/US Air Force flight which began on March 2, 1910 when Lt. Benjamin Foulois piloted a Wright Brothers airplane from Ft. Sam Houston. I hope to be there.

The 2011 Forum is to be at Pensacola to coincide with the celebrations of 100 years of US Naval Aviation. Given my love for Naval Aviation this will be a must attend event for me.

I hope this series of articles has whetted a few appetites and that those of you with half a mind to join ASAA will now do so.

As always the flight home was another opportunity to take yet more photos of clouds and skyscapes - you can never have enough.

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