|Hello fellow aviators:
The 2019 Albuquerque Soaring Club gala will be Saturday February 16 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Journal Center (Paseo & I-25). Reception at 6:00, dinner at 7:00. We have planned an exciting evening. Our guest speaker will be Col. (ret) Richard Graham.
Col Graham flew the world’s fastest and highest flying aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird, for 7 years during his 25 year Air Force career. He also flew 210 combat missions in Vietnam as an F-4 fighter pilot and Wild Weasel pilot. His many military awards include 3 Legion of Merit medals, 4 Distinguished Flying Cross medals and 19 Air Medals. Rich speaks with personal experience on the SR-71, having been the Squadron Commander and 9th Wing Commander of this Top Secret reconnaissance program. Rich is a respected authority with an incredible depth of knowledge on the Blackbird. His truly amazing stories enthrall aviators and non-aviators alike.
After 25 years in the Air Force, Col. Graham flew 13 years for American Airlines. He retired in August 2002 as a Captain on the MD-80 aircraft. He has accumulated over 16,000 flying hours. He now keeps busy as an author, speaker, aviation consultant and flight instructor. Col. Graham has written five books on the SR-71, which will be available to autograph and purchase after the presentation.
In addition to the exciting presentation by Col. Graham, we recently uncovered a secret, hidden archive of historic Albuquerque Soaring Club photos (Bob & Laurie's upstairs closet). We have some great photos of our club circa 1986 - 1990. We'll have this slideshow running before and between our presentations, so get there early to see our club members when they were skinny and had hair, as well as raise a toast to some of our members who have gone west.
Expect a note from the club with details on dinner selections and pricing.