In this update: Weekend of Dec 10th and End of Year Christmas celebration.

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A large gathering today of team members as we celebrate our annual Christmas meeting with family and friends.  Held at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount Senior Center, with an automobile collection numbering nine digits just outside the door, the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount contains the best of the Harold LeMay Museum.

Eric Wittler recipient of 2016 Russell Zanghi Inspirational Award

Steve Rima wins the 2016 Velvet Hammer Award

David Martinson wins the 2016 Safety Award (?)

Ed Shadle presented John Robertson with a replacement aircraft

It was an afternoon of laughter, awards and spaghetti and meatballs!  Nearly everyone in attendance went home with something.  Steve Rima and Steve Wallace won a gift certificate for all of their work this year on radio communications systems.  The Mitchell family, consisting of Don and his two sons Corey and Jason, each won a gift certificate for going above and beyond at this year’s test session.   Eric Wittler brought up about a dozen extra large prints. Those were passed out along with nearly two dozen 12 x 18 Steve Rima prints.

The Velvet Hammer award was started by Ed Drumheller II in 2004.  It has been given to the team member who made a goof during the year, but didn’t destroy the car.  It is done in fun and every team member tries to have an entry.

This was a tough year for getting everyone together.  Steve Green and Jessi Combs were in Indianapolis at the PIR Show.  Steve Wallace was home sick with a cold from the half dozen airports he has been in the past month.  Others had company, Christmas parties, or a scheduled family vacation. Sean Rondestvedt was working at the fire department.  Below is a photo of him in front of the fire station.

Special guests attending were John Robertson and his friend Cora; Wolf Czai and his wife Pilar.  Wolf flies the research  F-104’s at Kennedy Space Center for the Starfighters.

Steve Rima Photograph




Long distance award goes to Eric Wittler traveling from Nevada and Rich Pengelley traveling from Grants Pass, OR.  Short distance award goes to John Drury who lives about a mile from the beautiful LeMay Museum.  Special thanks go out to the wonderful staff at the LeMay Museum at Marymount Senior Center who did a great job preparing dinner.

Rich Pengelley and Les Holm

Sean Rondestvedt 3rd from the left

Wolf and Pilar

December 10th Weekend

Don Mitchell, Corey Mitchell, Ed Shadle, Lars Pedersen, Keith Zanghi, Chris Greene and Andrew Kirk met to work on the Eagle today.  See a photo summary below.

Lars Pedersen removes a disgruntled bushing

Steve Rima

Don Mitchell installs a nutplate

Don Mitchell fabricates an access door

Chris Greene hangs the parachutes out to dry