Saturday, May 21, 2016

This is the untold crucial account of World War II most daring & secretive rescue behind enemy lines including the riveting escape full of suspense and political stratagem!

Silver Wings Over Washington
President: VADM Robert Dunn, USN (Ret.); Vice-President: MG Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.); Treasurer/Secretary: R.N. Jurgenson

is scheduled for
Thursday, May 26th, 2016


Our Distinguished Speaker
Lt. Col. John Cappello
Air Force Attache' for the U.S. Embassy
Subject:" The Halyard Mission"

PRANJANI, Serbia —  Air Force Attache' for the U.S. embassy in Serbia Lt. Col. John Cappello, soldiers of the 1194th Engineer Company, and Marine Security Guards from the U.S. embassy attend the 65th anniversary of the Halyard Mission here Aug. 15 in honor of the Serbian people who saved the lives of over 500 U.S. Airmen and Allies during World War II. (Department of Defense photo by Sgt. Sean Mathis)

PRANJANI, Serbia — Air Force Attache' for the U.S. embassy in Serbia Lt. Col. John Cappello, soldiers of the 1194th Engineer Company, and Marine Security Guards from the U.S. embassy attend the 65th anniversary of the Halyard Mission here Aug. 15 in honor of the Serbian people who saved the lives of over 500 U.S. Airmen and Allies during World War II.
Photo: Sgt.Sean Mathis. DOD 





Dear Members  and Guests,

On May the 26th,  we are privileged to have as our  speaker Lt. Col. John Cappello, Air Force  Attache (AIRA), U.S. Embassy.  Our distinguished speaker will present the untold compelling and riveting account of the greatest daring operation of World War II.

This true story will keep you on the edge of your seat by the suspense: escaping from exploding airplanes, landing into hostile terrain, being caught in the midst of political intrigue and espionage, trapped and facing uncertain future!

The Chetnik Commander Draza Mihailovich was disposed to uphold an Allied friendly relationship and his army aided in the transport of the injured aviators and air crews, while the local Serbs displayed heroism in providing shelter, food and protection to the airmen. Creating and building an airstrip for the evacuation with simple courage, farm tools, and bare hands, for the C-47s was another wondrous achievement...



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The Lieutenant Colonel has also served as an associate professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy. He has been published in a number of professional journals and was co­recipient of the Institute of National Security Studies Linhart Award for best research effort in 1998. Lieutenant Colonel Cappello returned to fly the B­1 with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota,  in 1999, and later served as the operations  officer for the Military Liaison Team in Kiev, Ukraine. Prior to becoming an attaché, he was a  political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany,  working extensively on European Command policies in the Balkans.  From 2007 to 2010 he  served as Defense and Air Attaché to Serbia and then as Air Attaché to Israel from August 2010  to December 2013.  Lieutenant Colonel Cappello retired from active duty on 1 January 2014.  


Congressman (Judge) Ted Poe (R-Texas 2) gave speech on the House floor to "commemorate one…

The Great Escape: For U.S. airmen trapped in Yugoslavia during World War II, building a secret airstrip was their only way out
The-Great-Escape-FLASH.jpgOperation Halyard was managed by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services’ Nick Lalich (front row, third from left) and radio operator Arthur Jibilian (back row, second from left). (Courtesy Debi Jibilian)
Click here to read Air & Space Magazine story.

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About Silver Wings Over Washington
The Silver Wings Fraternity is comprised of a wonderful group of remarkable individuals who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation. We encourage members to bring friends, guests, and introduce young people to the noteworthy exploits and achievements of our distinguished members and speakers. In the past we have hosted prominent speakers who presented contemporary and historical topics relating to aviation, space, and a variety of military accomplishments.

Our mission is to provide an educational foundation that inspires, advocates, and fosters a venue for learning through aviation, especially for the younger generation; a forum for networking among members, colleagues and friends with outstanding speakers and camaraderie across the board. "What's Past is Prologue"

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The Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
is scheduled for
Thursday, May 26th, 2016


Agenda for Thursday, May 26, 2016

         East Gate: 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
         West Gate: 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
         Complimentary Parking
Cost:  $38, pre-pay or pay at the entrance
Date:  Thursday, May 26th, 2016
11:00  Doors Open, Networking Time
11:50  Pledge of Allegiance
11:55  Blessing
12:00  Plated entree and dessert served
12:45  SWOWF President VADM Robert Dunn introduces David Vuich
12:50  David Vuich introduces our speaker Lt.Col. John Cappello
13:00  Speaker: Lt.Col. John Cappello
13:45  Questions from the Audience
14:00  Conclusion of the 2016 May Speakers Events Serie

We are looking forward to a great turnout, if you have any question feel free to contact me at 917.334.1526, or via text/e-mail at anytime. You can also contact Ron David rondavid@gmail.com

Respectfully,

R.N. Jurgenson
Treasurer/Secretary
Silver Wings

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

David Morgan North, a Dynamic Speaker, Remarkable Aviator and Former Editor-In-Chief of AV WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Dear Silver Wingers and Friends,

Join us on Thursday, February 18th for our Speakers Events Serie featuring David Morgan North.  David is a "pilot's pilot" who has had a remarkable career, is highly respected in the aviation industry, and has agreed to join us and share his experiences as an aviator as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the acclaimed publication Aviation Week & Space Technology.

David's experiences range from action in Viet Nam to flying with Pan Am, and include his becoming the editor of the  highly respected Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine.  His address on February 18th will include his passion for flight and his experiences with the Mig-29, the Su-27, and the B-2 bomber; in addition to some terrific flying stories and an evaluation of some of the most current fighters and the recent changing in air war tactics...

Silver Wings Over Washington

President: VADM Robert Dunn, USN (Ret.); Vice-President: MG Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.); Treasurer/Secretary: R.N. Jurgenson

Our mission is to provide an educational foundation that inspires, advocates, and fosters a venue for learning through aviation, and includes our younger generation, and a forum for networking among members and colleagues with notable speakers and camaraderie across the board. 
"What's Past is Prologue"

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The January 2016 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
is scheduled for
THURSDAY, February 18, 2016
✈

Our distinguished featured speaker


David Morgan North
Former  Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology
A Global Expert in the art of Aviation Communication 
and an Eclectic Aviator

David North, our upcoming speaker, is an aviator with a vast, diverse range of aviation and piloting experience acquired during a remarkable career. His experiences range from action in Viet Nam to flying with Pan Am, and include his becoming the editor of the outstanding Aviation Week Magazine. David will address his passion for flight including his experiences with the Mig-29, the Su-27, and the B-2 bomber; in addition to a few terrific flying stories and an evaluation of some of the current fighters and the recent changing air war tactics...

Mr. North retired from Aviation Week & Space Technology in August of 2004 after serving as Editor Emeritus. He established David North Aerospace Consultants in early September.

North was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology in September 1995.  In that position, he established the editorial policy and strategic direction for the magazine from the Washington Bureau.

In his prior position, David North was Managing Editor of the magazine from 1987 through 1995.  He oversaw the administration, editorial guidance and budget of a staff of more than 40 people.  His responsibilities included managing the magazine's art department, desk operations and production based in New York as well as the foreign bureaus in Hong Kong, Paris, London, Russia and Japan.

David North is an active pilot and in 1990 became the first Western pilot to fly both the Soviet Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters.  Pilot reports were written on both aircraft.  More recently, he flew the French Rafale, the Saab Gripen, Boeing Super Hornet and the Bell/Boeing V-22. In addition, North has flown over 140 types of aircraft, including the F-15, B-1B and B-2 bomber with the U.S. Air Force, the F-16 with the Norwegian Air Force, the Viggen with the Swedish Air Force and the F/A-18 and T-45 with the U.S. Navy.  Other aircraft flown include the Israeli Lavi, the Airbus A320, A340 and A380, the Boeing 757, 767 and 777 and almost all the trainers and corporate jets now operational.

From 1967 to 1976, North worked as a pilot/flight engineer for Pan American World Airways and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and the Far East.

North served as a Navy attack pilot from 1957-1967 aboard the carriers USS Intrepid and USS Saratoga.  He flew 107 combat missions in McDonnell Douglas A-4s in South and North Vietnam in 1966 and made a total of 510 carrier landings during two tours in U.S. Navy squadrons.

He also spent three years as an Assistant Professor for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

He received his Master of Science Degree in Communications Theory from Rensselaer and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.


Editor-in-Chief: 1995-2004                                               
Managing Editor: 1987-1995
Washington Bureau Chief: 1986-1987
Senior Military Editor: 1986-1986
Senior Business Flying Editor : 1979-1985
Transport Editor: 1976-1979

David is also known for his contribution to "Ultimate Dogfighting" (1998) and for "Air Superiority: the U.S./Soviet Fighter Matchup".

Posts by David North

by David North in From The Archives Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
by David North in From The Archives Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in....More
by David North in From The Archives Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
by David North in From The Archives Jan 14, 2015

Pilot Reports: Mikoyan MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-27 (1990)

In 1990 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief became the first American pilot to fly the Su-27 and the first journalist to fly the MiG-29. Read his....More
by David North in From The Archives Jan 08, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Northrop Grumman B-2 (1995)

In 1995 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief became the first civilian pilot to take controls of the stealth bomber. Read his pilot report....More


About Silver Wings Over Washington Fraternity
SWOWF is comprised of a dedicated group of remarkable individuals 
who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation.
We encourage our group to introduce and educate our youth to the noteworthy
exploits and achievements of our members and notable speakers.
We host prominent speakers who present contemporary and historical
topics relating to both  military & civilian aviation, test pilots, and aerospace.

      
Agenda for Thursday, February 18, 2016
2016 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie

Site:   Army Navy Country Club, 703.521.6800
          East Gate: 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
          West Gate: 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
          Complimentary Parking
Area:  Fort Richardson Room, 3rd Floor
Cost:  $38, pre-pay or pay at the entrance
Date:  February 18, 2016
11:00  Doors Open, Networking Time
11:50  Pledge of Allegiance
11:55  Blessing
12:00  Exquisite plated entree and dessert served
12:55  SWOWF President VADM Robert Dunn introduces the Speaker
13:00  Speaker: David Morgan North
13:45  Questions from the Audience
14:00  Conclusion of the 2016 January Speakers Events Serie

Note: We need a firm count by Monday,11:59pm, February 15, 2016 for the Army Navy Country Club. The ANCC charges for each walk-in an additional $4 per person, so save the ANCC fee and RSVP via email to R.N. Jurgenson, starfleet@starpower.net.

For inquiries phone # 917.334.1526.

    Membership Dues ($25) may be paid on February 18th, or mail to our Treasurer: R.N. Jurgenson, POB 20101, Washington, DC 20041

Join us on February 18th. Let's have a great turn out!


  Respectfully,

   Ron
Ron David
rondavid@gmail.com
Silver Wings Over Washington
Ex-Officio


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Col. John T. Manclark, USAF (Ret.) will reveal details about this remarkable covert operation "Red Eagles, America's Secret MiG Squadron"

Silver Wings Over Washington
President: VADM Robert Dunn, USN (Ret.); Vice-President: MG Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.); Treasurer: R.N. Jurgenson; Secretary: Chuck Clopton

Our mission is to provide an educational foundation that inspires, advocates, and fosters a venue for learning through aviation for the younger generation; a forum for networking among members and colleagues with outstanding speakers and camaraderie across the board. "What's Past is Prologue"

The July 2015 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
is scheduled for
THURSDAY, July 23rd, 2015

Our distinguished featured speaker
Col. John T. "Jack" Manclark, USAF (Ret.)
Will reveal details about this fascinating covert operation
"Red Eagles, America's Secret MiG Squadron"



About our speaker

Col. John T. "Jack" Manclark, USAF (Ret.)

John T. Manclark, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of Test and Evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for all policy, resources and oversight of developmental and operational testing, and is the focal point for foreign materiel acquisition and exploitation.

Mr. Manclark entered the Air Force and was commissioned in 1969 through Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He completed undergraduate pilot training in 1970 and numerous tours in tactical aviation as a flight commander and operations officer. Mr. Manclark later served as Commander of the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron. He completed two staff tours, first as Chief of Aircrew Assignments at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, and later as Chief of the Policy and Programs Division within the Directorate of Test and Evaluation at Air Force headquarters. Mr. Manclark retired from active duty as a colonel in 1994 and entered the Senior Executive Service in 1995.

EDUCATION
1968 Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, University of Dayton, Ohio
1976 Master of Science degree in management, Troy State University
1982 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1989 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. April 1969 - April 1970, student, undergraduate pilot training, Randolph AFB, Texas
2. April 1970 - October 1970, student, T-38 instructor training, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
3. October 1970 - August 1973, T-38 instructor pilot, 3500th Flying Training Squadron, Reese AFB, Texas
4. August 1973 - January 1974, student, F-4 Replacement Training Unit, George AFB, Calif.
5. January 1974 - June 1974, F-4 pilot, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
6. June 1974 - January 1975, F-4 instructor pilot, 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
7. January 1975 - September 1978, flight commander, 313th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hahn Air Base, West Germany
8. September 1978 - January 1979, student, F-5E Aggressor training, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. January 1979 - January 1982, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 527th Aggressor Squadron, Royal Air Force Station Alconbury, England
10. January 1982 - June 1982, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
11. June 1982 - January 1985, Chief of Aircrew Assignments, Directorate of Personnel, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Va.
12. January 1985 - November 1985, operations officer, 64th Aggressor Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
13. November 1985 - November 1987, Commander, Project Constant Peg, 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
14. November 1987 - June 1988, Assistant Director for Operations, 57th Fighter Weapon Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
15. June 1988 - June 1989, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. June 1989 - May 1990, Chief, Warfighting Analysis Division, Directorate of Plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. May 1990 - January 1995, Chief, Operational Test and Evaluation Division, Directorate of Plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. January 1995 - January 1998, Deputy Director of Test and Evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
19. January 1998 - present, Director of Test and Evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Flight hours: More than 3,500
Aircraft flown: T-38, F-4C/D/E, F-5E and MiG-21

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association
International Test and Evaluation Association


Two USAF F-5Es flanking a MiG-17and MiG-21 of 
the 4477th Tactical Evaluation Squadron



















Agenda Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
2015 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
Thursday, JULY 23rd, 2015

Note: As per membership request we will start earlier.
Please RSVP online: starfleet@starpower.net
   
           East Gate: 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
           West Gate: 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
           Parking: Complimentary Parking
Area:   Fort Richardson Room, 3rd Floor
Cost:   $36.00, pre-pay or pay at the entrance
Date:   THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015
10:30   Doors Open, Networking Time
11:00   Pledge of Allegiance
11:05   Blessing
11:10 Selected plated entrée and dessert served
11:55 VADM Robert Dunn
12:00   Speaker: Col. John T. Manclark, USAF (Ret.)
12:45   Questions from the Audience
13:00   Conclusion of the 2015 July Speakers Events Serie

Note: We need a firm count by Tuesday, 10am, July 21st for the ANCC.  
Walk-ins are welcome; however, the ANCC charges for each walk-in an additional $4 per person, save the ANCC fee and RSVP now.

We are looking forward to your RSVP

Please submit online: starfleet@starpower.net

Respectfully,

R.N. Jurgenson
SWOWF
starfleet@starpower.net