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

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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!


Ron David
Silver Wings Over Washington