Monday, July 28, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Squadron 150 Promotions and Awards

From Left to right, CAPT David Powell, 2LT Ghislain Martial N Ngangnang, 2LT Michael Wetsman,  CAPT Brian Donegan, and Lt Col William Phinizy, Squadron 150 Commander
LOS ALAMITOS, CA– On Thursday evening July 17, 2014, Squadron 150 of the United States Air Force Auxiliary Group 7, promoted Senior members, Brian Donegan to the grade of Captain, David Powell to the grade of Captain, Michael Wetsman to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant, and Ghislain Martial N Ngangnang to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant,

CAPT David Powell, joined CAP in 2014 partly out of a desire to serve and make a difference. Combining his passion to make an impact with the passion to fly in the Civil Air Patrol.

CAPT Powell serves as the squadron’s finance officer. "...No man is an island, and we need each other as a crew to save lives together," says Captain Powell.

2LT Ghislain Martial N Ngangnang, joined CAP in 2014 completing the requirements and demonstrated skills and attitude necessary to be recognized with promotion to the grade of 2nd Lieutenant.

2LT Michael Wetsman, joined CAP in 2013 a commercial pilot for over 20 years, and currently serves as the squadron’s safety education officer. He is currently training to be a Gulfstream V instructor and is a CAP Transport Mission Pilots (TMP) and cadet orientation pilot.

CAPT Brian Donegan, joined CAP in 2014 with the desire of being able to fly on missions while also serving the community. An officer in the United States Air Force currently stationed in California, CAPT Donegan serves as the squadron’s aerospace education officer.

"..Our newly minted Officers are very exciting, it is a privilege to acknowledge those who have demonstrated an outstanding performance, as well as having their talents and experience mold into our Unit. They are an asset to CAP, and it’s an honor to have them continue to serve utilizing their leadership and growing expertise," says CAPT Lloyd Bumanglag, the unit's Public Affairs Officer.

CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP volunteers perform 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

Members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. CAP's cadet programs provide young men and women with a safe and motivating environment in which to grow and explore opportunities in the military and aviation industries. Cadets progress through a 16-step program of leadership and aerospace education. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 63 years. For information, go to www.gocivilairpatrol.com

The Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 meets on Thursday evenings at the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in Los Alamitos on 3976 Constitution Avenue. Anyone interested in becoming a member are always welcome. Contact Paul Koons, 2nd Lt, CAP, Recruiting and Retention Officer at recruiting@sq150.org

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday, July 01, 2014


Missile-warning satellites contract awarded

/ Published June 30, 2014


LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) --

The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California, for production of the fifth and sixth Space-Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, geosynchronous, or GEO, missile-warning satellites.

"This is a great day in the history of the SBIRS program," said Col. Mike Guetlein, the production program manager. "We saved hundreds of millions by relentlessly pursuing efficiencies. We eliminated unnecessary layers of program oversight and contract reporting, restructured our test program, and streamlined the production schedules."

The Air Force implemented the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power practices to make this program more affordable.

"The magnitude of the savings is remarkable and directly attributable to the hard work and dedication of the combined Lockheed Martin and Air Force team over the past two years," said Lt. Col. David Menke, the Air Force's lead to build the next two satellites.

SBIRS is the next-generation strategic missile-warning system replacing the 1970s Defense Support Program constellation. SBIRS delivers global, overhead, persistent, task able 24/7 infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st century demands for early warning of missile launches, while simultaneously supporting other critical missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battle space awareness.

The SBIRS objective constellation consists of four GEO satellites, two highly elliptical earth orbit payloads, and associated ground infrastructure. The fifth and sixth satellites will replenish on-orbit satellites in the constellation in order to maintain the required operational mission capabilities.

The SBIRS program is led by the Infrared Space Systems Directorate at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is the SBIRS prime contractor. Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, California, is the payload integrator. The 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., operates the SBIRS system.

AFSPC’s Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., is the Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.


Courtesy of: Public Affairs Officer

Friday, May 30, 2014

CAP Congressional Gold Medal





CIVIL AIR PATROL 
Citizens Serviing Communities



Please click here to find the hometown news release for President Obama’s signing of the CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill into law today. Please note the importance of localizing the release by going to the CGM website’s Bios page for information on both living and deceased members in your respective states.

This, of course, gives us another chance to tell those members’ stories through media publicity. We look forward to be able to publicize the results you achieve on the local, state and even national levels by highlighting them atwww.capgoldmedal.com.


Julie DeBardelaben
Deputy Director of Public Affairs

Steve Cox 
Public Affairs Manager

Dan Bailey 
Online Editor




Courtesy by:  Lloyd Bumanglag Capt, CAP (PAO)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Massive OpenSSL Bug 'Heartbleed' Threatens Sensitive Data:

An encryption tool used by a large chunk of the Internet is flawed, potentially exposing reams of data meant to be hidden from prying eyes. The bug, nicknamed Heartbleed by researchers at Google Inc. and cybersecurity firm Codenomicon, could have affected two-thirds of active websites when it was disclosed Monday, they said. On Tuesday, website operators, including Yahoo Inc., raced to fix the problem. Several researchers said earlier that they had been able to capture Yahoo usernames and passwords. Many other major websites, such as Google, Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc., appeared to be safe, based on a test created by a researcher for cybersecurity company Qualys Inc.

The bug exploits a problem in certain versions of OpenSSL, a free set of encryption tools used by much of the Internet. OpenSSL is managed by four core European programmers, only one of whom counts it as his full-time job. The limited resources behind the encryption code highlight a challenge for Web developers amid increased concern about hackers and government snoops. Websites increasingly use encryption to mask data such as usernames, passwords and credit-card numbers. That prevents a hacker lurking at a coffee shop from grabbing personal information out of the air as it travels to a wireless router. This type of encryption is called SSL, or secure sockets layer, or TLS, or transport layer security. Web servers that use the affected versions of the code store some data unprotected in memory.

Hackers can grab that data, and reconstruct information about users or keys that would allow them to monitor past or future encrypted traffic.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304819004579489813056799076


The National CyberThreat Level has been raised to HIGH. I can’t remember the last time that happened. 
WHAT TO DO:
·         Check to see if any websites you have accounts on are vulnerable:

"Heartbleed Hit List" (http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/) a listing of some popular websites and their vulnerability status 

"Heartbleed Test" (http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/a tool for checking status of individual websites 
·         Change passwords for all online accounts and e-mail, giving first priority to critical accounts.

·         Be alert for phishing scams. CIS received reports of phishing campaigns related to this vulnerability, attempting to lure victims to credential-stealing sites. If you need to change your password, type the URL of the organization in a browser and do not click on links in emails that ask you to reset your passwords



CAPT. Lloyd Bumanglag CAP

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

SQ 150 Safety Meeting 3 April 2014


It's that happy time of the month already. Attendance at this Thursday's meeting will garner an extension of members' safety currency. SM Mike wetsman will hold forth delivering the benedicition and then we will adjourn to an admin session whereby the folks who garnered their new (and re-treaded) ES ratings will lock them down into eServices.

On hand to help with this will be the Commander and the Senior ES officer. Look forward to seeign you all there.

W. H. Phinizy, Lt Col, CAP
Squadron Commander

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SQ150 to embark on Amateur Radio Education for members


Major "Wells" Gardner Harris, Group 7 Director of Communications, recently sent this out about Amateur Radio:
1. It works when nothing else does
2. It makes you part of a worldwide community
3. The opportunity to help neighbors by providing public service and emergency communications
4. Some of the nicest people you'll ever meet
5. Some of the smartest people you'll ever meet
6. Some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet
7. Some of the most generous people you'll ever meet (along with some of the cheapest!)
8. Lifelong friendships
9. Friends around the world (including those you haven't met yet)
10. The opportunity to go interesting places you might not otherwise go to
11. The opportunity to do interesting things you might not otherwise get to do
12. The opportunity to expand your knowledge of geography
13. The opportunity to expand your knowledge of earth and space science
14. Practical uses for high school math
15. Practical uses for high school physics
16. A good way to practice a foreign language
17. A good way to keep in touch with faraway friends and relatives
18. A good way to get driving directions when visiting someplace new (with or without GPS)
19. A good way to find the best places to eat when visiting someplace new (with or without GPS)
20. Finding "non-touristy" off-the-beaten-path places to stay, eat, visit, etc.
21. A good way to learn about virtually any topic
22. A good way to bridge the generation gap
23. A good way to keep tabs on elderly/infirm people
24. People named Joe (Walsh, Rudi, Taylor)
25. How many of your non-ham friends have actually talked
to someone in some remote place such as Cape Verde or the Seychelles?
26. How many of your non-ham friends might have talked to an astronaut aboard the space station?
27. How many of your non-ham neighbors might have a satellite uplink station in their basements—or in the palms of their hands?
28. How many of your non-ham neighbors might have a TV studio in their garage?
29. What other hobby group has designed, built, and had launched its own fleet of communication satellites?
30. Where else can you play with meteors?
31. Moonbounce
32. Informal way to improve technical skills
33. Informal way to improve communication skills
34. Introduces a variety of career paths
35. Offers unparalleled opportunities for career networking
36. Opportunities for competition in contesting and foxhunting
37. A good way to collect really cool postcards from around the world (despite the growth of electronic confirmations)
38. Nearly endless variety of different things to do, on and off the air
39. Hamfests
40. Dayton
41. Field Day
42. Working DX
43. Being DX
44. DXpeditions
45. Contesting
46. Award-chasing
47. Double-hop sporadic-E
48. Worldwide DX on 6 meters (once or twice every 11 years) [The current extended sunspot minimum has shown that mechanisms other than F2 propagation can offer intercontinental DX on the "magic band" at any point in the solar cycle.]
49. Tropospheric ducting
50. Gray-line propagation
51. TEP, chordal hops, etc.
52. Getting through on CW when nothing else will
53. Unexpected band openings
54. Building your own gear
55. Using gear you've built yourself
56. Operating QRP from some remote location
57. Experimenting with antennas
58. Working DX while mobile or while hiking
59. Experimenting with new modes and new technology
60. The opportunity to help build an internet that doesn't rely on the internet
61. DXing on your HT via IRLP and Echolink
62. Contributing to scientific knowledge about propagation
63. Keeping track of other people's GPS units via APRS
64. Ham radio balloon launches to the edge of space, and as always...
65. Reading CQ!

(Permission is hereby granted to reprint this list in amateur radio club newsletters, provided credit is given to CQ magazine.)
In order to foster a more technical understanding of the principles of radio communication, the squadron commander, William Phinizy, K6WHP, is starting an "Elmering" program to interested members who wish to get their Technician (or higher) amateur radio license. Those interested in participating can simply go to this link to obtain a suitable training book for a nominal cost and, while studying, can obtain on-line practice examinations here.

The actual amateur radio examinations are administered by hams themselves from a published question pool. There are three classes of ham radio license:

(1) Technician - VHF and UHF privileges, some HF privileges on 10 meters.
(2) General - Most HF, VHF and UHF privileges.
(3) Extra - ALL HF, VHF and UHF privileges.

You have to matriculate up the ladder (i.e., cannot take the General before you pass the Technician) and NO license requires Morse code proficiency anymore. The eham.net link above provides sample tests WITH THE ACTUAL QUESTIONS FROM THE APPROPRIATE POOL. It will grade your test and provide you with a score. The art is to keep taking the tests until your scores come back consistently as 80% or more. (Passing is 70 percent.) Then you go to a local ham club who regularly holds these exams, pay them about $10, and take the test. They will grade it there so you will know if you pass. Then it's about two-three weeks before the FCC issues you a call sign.

..radios? That's the fun part. The hams in Squadron 150, CAPT John Frerichs, N6VCW, 1LT Dave Martin, KD6IQY, Major John Hill, K6JCH, and others will chime in on sources, recommendations, and how, what, why and good deals when you pass. Additionally, from time to time, we will be providing demonstrations of radios and technical points to support your study.

Note that the question pool for the Technician license is changing in June so before you tumble for a book, determine if you can get your license before then. Otherwise, let's wait until then, get the new book, and hit it then.

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Squadron 150 Holds CPR Training


On 15 Feb 2014 members of Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 were joined by members of Falcon Senior Squadron 40 and Saddleback Composite Squadron 68 for CPR, First Aid, and AED training. Overall, 15 Civil Air Patrol members received training on that day and will receive their certificates cards. Training was generously provided by members of the California State Military Reserve at a very low cost. Civil Air Patrol participants commented on the professionalism of the training group and remarked upon the high quality of the presentation.

Health Services Officer
Long Beach Senior Squadron 150

Monday, March 17, 2014

Civil Air Patrol Joins Search For Missing Malaysian Airliner

CAP Joins Search For Missing Malaysian Airliner

This is an example of how the CAP Radar Analysis Team is able to take radar data and visually show searchers where to look. On this particular mission, the wreckage was found within 65 feet of the estimate.



“It’s a normal search and rescue mission,” Lt. Col. John Henderson said of Civil Air Patrol’s role in the search for missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370. 

Henderson, a radar analyst for the U.S. Air Force’s 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron (RADES) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is vice commander of CAP’s 10-member National Radar Analysis Team. 

”CAP brings different and unique tools to the table,” said Henderson, who is working 24/7 to narrow the search area based on the airline’s radar forensics information.   

“We have a lot of experience using different types of radar data, and our software tools are designed to use a lot of different formats of radar data. The goal is to utilize the radar data and radar signatures from the aircraft to determine its ultimate flight path,” he said.

"Between the 84 RADES and Civil Air Patrol, we have a very robust capability to reduce radar data into usable and actionable forms, to include stitching together tracks from multiple radar systems,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ian Kemp, commander of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP performs 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the AFRCC. 

Henderson’s SAR track record is impressive. In 13 years, he has participated in more than 600 CAP radar analysis missions with “well over 150 finds” and about 45 lives saved, he said.

In 2007 he helped narrow the search for Adam Flight 574, an Indonesian B-737 that went missing during a flight between Surabaya and Manado with 96 passengers and six crewmembers aboard. Recruited by the U.S. State Department for assistance after a massive effort to find the jet failed, Henderson was able to direct searchers within a mile of the crash site in 6,500 feet of water in the Makassar Strait.

“Searchers were having a hard time picking up the black box pings, and the more time that goes by, the weaker it becomes,” he said, adding, “My analysis got ships in a very close position so they could pick up the pings.”  

“The black box is really key to knowing what happened, besides finding the wreckage,” he said.

Radar analysis “can be extremely accurate,” Henderson said. In the CAP team’s case, “over 90 percent of the time we narrow the search area based on forensics information. We’ve come within 65 feet of where a crash occurred and sometimes miles. It depends on the radar environment.”


Courtesy of Civil Air Patrol -CAP Volunteernow.com  



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Tribute to Women Airforce Service Pilots

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
WHERE: LYON AIR MUSEUM (LAM)
19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707
PHONE: 714-210-4585
E-MAIL: info@lyonairmuseum.org
DIRECTIONS: www.lyonairmuseum.org/visitus
Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage historic military aircraft and vehicles, will conduct a symposium and book signing paying tribute to the more than 1,000 women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II. LAM Docent and acclaimed author, Nancy Robison, will be on hand to sign copies of her latest book, “We Love to Fly,” about the brave and amazing WASPs who flew in support of the war effort.

“The WASPs courageous service to our country was essential to the war effort, enabling their male counterparts to be deployed en masse to combat zones around the world,” said Robison. ”They completed the same rigorous flight training syllabus, and by war’s end had flown 78 different kinds of aircraft, logging more than 60 million miles of flying while test piloting and delivering planes throughout the United States.”

In spite of this, they were not considered as military personnel at the time, and their service did not receive adequate recognition, nor military benefits, in the years following the war. It wasn’t until 1977 they were granted veterans’ status and the official acknowledgment they so deserved. As part of the program, World War II veteran WASPs will be on hand to tell their incredible stories, including 95 year old Beverly Beesemyer, who served while flying B-26 bombers stateside, towing targets for live ammunition practice.

At the conclusion of the talk, an AT-6 Texan advanced trainer of World War II, the same type of aircraft often piloted by WASPs, is scheduled to take to the skies for a quick demonstration flight. “What a ship,” remarked Beesemyer after her first AT-6 training flight in 1944. “What procedure, what confusion!” she continued. And what a ship it was. The North American AT-6 Texan was a sophisticated single-engine aircraft used to train pilots of the US Air Forces, US Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during WWII and into the 1950s. Powered by a 600 horsepower engine, and quite challenging to maneuver during takeoffs and landings, the complex “Texan” was designed to teach the Allied flyers all they would need to know before flying high performance aircraft in combat. LAM’s AT-6 es as a tribute to millions of men and women who served during World War II, and pays homage to the dedication, sacrifice and contributions of those like the WASPs who helped pioneer the skies.

Admission rates:
General admission–$12; Seniors and Veterans–$9; Ages 5-17–$6; Under age 5—Free.
Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups—Free.
In addition to Bev Beesemyer, Dawn Seymour, WASP, class 43-5 will also be at the Lyon Museum.

Courtesy of:
Linda Abrams, 2LT, CAP
Aerospace Education Officer

Friday, January 24, 2014

Promotions and Awards Ceremony

Civil Air Patrol Planned Giving

Make a Lasting Commitment to Service


The Civil Air Patrol was first created as a way for citizens to server their communities, and this mission remains strong today.  You can ensure the future of CAP through a gift in yur will or living trust.  A special type of gift, called planned gift, allow you to provide future for your loved ones and CAP

Gift planning is finding ways to make charitable gifts now or after your lifetime while enjoying financial benefits for yourself. 

Planned gifts are sometimes referred to as "stop-and-think" gifts because they require some planning and often help from your professional advisors.  Unlike cash donations, they are typically made from assets in your estate rather than disposable income, and come to fruition upon your death.

Most Common Gift Giving is a bequest in your will or living trust.  Other planned gifts include: 


CAP CPR/First Aid/AED Training 15 Feb 2014

CPR / FIRST AID / AED TRAINING




Details:

Location:
Group 7/Squadron 150/Squadron 153 Headquarters
3976 Constitution Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90270

Date:
15 Feb 2014

Time:
0800 hrs (8:00 am) Start Time
6-8 Hours Training Duration

Cost:
$5.00 Cash Only on Day of Training
 
Dress:
BDU, Blue Field Uniform, or Polo Shirt Combo are recommended and preferred.
Appropriate civilian attire also allowed.

Safety Currency:
Participants must have current safety training through the end of February 2014
 
Sign Up:
To reserve your spot for this training (or if you have any questions) simply respond to this e-mail (sq150hso@yahoo.com).
 
There are only 30 spots available and I expect them to be filled quickly so don't delay!


Sponsored by:
Long Beach Senior Squadron 150
Medical Services

Monday, January 20, 2014

Space Tech Conference - Long Beach April 1-3


Conference Program
At a Glance Agenda
Speaker Interviews Registration

Space Tech Conference 2014 - Program Announced!

We are pleased to announce an expert faculty of speakers from across the commercial, government and DoD space sectors for the Space Tech Conference 2014! The action-packed Space Tech Conference program (Long Beach California) will see some of the world's leading pioneers in the space industry sharing critical insights into delivering successful space missions.

With a 3-day program offering unrivalled experience-based learning, the Space Tech Conference will help you partner and collaborate more effectively, improve procurement processes, increase efficiency, and leverage the latest technologies to help improve capabilities and lower cost.


Commercial Space Market

Speakers Include:
Debra Facktor Lepore, Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace George Zamka, Deputy Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA Phil McAlister, Director, Commercial Spaceflight, NASA Dan Collins, COO, United Launch Alliance

1-DAY PASS ONLY $295
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Military Space

Speakers Include:
Jim Simpson, President, Boeing Satellite Systems International Mark Calassa, Vice President - Protected Communications, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Col. Scott Beidleman, Director, Development Planning, SMC (US Air Force) Austin Mroczek, Assistant PEO for S&T PEO Space Systems, SPAWAR (US Navy)

1-DAY PASS ONLY $295
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Game-changing Technologies

Speakers Include:
Tom Kessler, Program Manager, Boeing Phantom Works Dr. David Korsmeyer, Director of Engineering, NASA Ames Chris Hoeber, Senior Vice President of Systems Engineering, SSL Marc Benhamou, Satellite Product Lines Manager, Thales Alenia Space

1-DAY PASS ONLY $295
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EARLY BIRD RATE ENDS FEBRUARY 22, 2014 - FULL PRICE $695


50% DISCOUNT FOR MILITARY / GOVERNMENT / ACADEMIC ATTENDEES*

*Email info@spacetechexpo.com with your crededtials
www.spacetechexpo.com info@spacetechexpo.com
+1 855 436 8683

Friday, January 17, 2014

TSA to begin inspecting airliner repair shops


The Transportation Security Administration is gearing up to begin inspecting airplane shops all over the world, an effort aimed at stopping potential sabotage and theft of U.S. planes. The new rules announced Friday will put TSA in the business of inspecting airport-based repair stations, finally satisfying a mandate that Congress first issued 10 years ago because of fears that terrorists could steal an unattended plane or sabotage one while it is being repaired...
For more information click Here

Lloyd Bumanglag Capt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer (PAO)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A2A Cessna 172 with Accu-Sim

For those interested in flight simulators, check out Just Flight for the the A2A Cessna simulator. Click on the link below


This blog page is for informational purposes only and not intended as an endorsement of any JustFlight products.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Group 7 Meeting to be held at Squadron 150 Meeting

Kinda sounds weird but it all makes sense once you figure it out. Here are the upcoming events for the squadron:

On Thursday January 16 at 1800 hrs, the Commander will hold the Quarterly Planning Meeting at the CAP Los Alamitos Facility.

On Thursday January 16 at 1930 hrs, CAP Tom Barbre will present the Squadron 41 Glider Program. Come and learn more of the Glider Program.

On Thursday January 23 at 1830 hrs, Group 7 Meeting will be held at the CAP Los Alamitos Facility. It is part of new Group 7 commander, Lt Col Calderone's program to make group meetings more open and conveniently attended by squadron members. Lt Col Calderone will hold such meetings on a quarterly basis at the various units within the group during one of their regularly scheduled meeting. He has honored Squadron 150 with the privilege of holding the first of these meetings. This would be a great opportunity for those who wish to experience Group decision and activities planning for 2014. This meeting is open to anyone in the Group that would like to attend and the tentative agenda is:
  • Safety Briefing
  • Introductions
  • Los Alamitos Facility Status
  • Finance
  • Cadet Programs/Scheduled Events this year
  • ES/DP Scheduled Events this year
  • PA Status for Group 7 and Squadrons.
  • Compliance and Reporting
  • WAMO Duty Schedule
  • Awards and Promotions
  • Around the Room

Lloyd Bumanglag, Capt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer (PAO)
PAO@sq150.org

Monday, January 13, 2014

CAP ANNOUNCES CEO POSITION

Photo: For the first time in CAP's 72-year history, the organization’s CEO, the national commander of CAP, will be selected by the group’s Board of Governors. Applications for the position will be accepted until Febuary 21st. Previously, commanders were elected by a majority vote of the organization’s 52 wing commanders. CAP’s CEO will be appointed by the BoG to a three-year term, which may be extended. The new selection process became official in October 2012 when the BoG approved an updated Constitution and Bylaws incorporating the organization’s new governance structure. http://bit.ly/1m2U15DNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS -- For the first time in CAP's 72-year history, the organization’s CEO, the national commander of CAP, will be selected by the group’s Board of Governors. Applications for the position will be accepted until Feb. 21. Previously, commanders were elected by a majority vote of the organization’s 52 wing commanders. CAP’s CEO will be appointed by the BoG to a three-year term, which may be extended. The new selection process became official in October 2012 when the BoG approved an updated Constitution and Bylaws incorporating the organization’s new governance structure  http://bit.ly/1m2U15D

Lloyd Bumanglag, Capt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer (PAO)
PAO@sq150.org

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Michael Wetsman - Awarded CAP Level 1 Training

AWARDS and PROMOTIONS
On Thursday January 9, 2014, Michael Wetsman, a commercial airline pilot was presented with an award for the completion of his initial CAP Level I Orientation training as a new Unit Member in the Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 based at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB). Presenting the award is Captain Jerry Civalleri, who is the squadron Professional Development Officer (PD), responsible for assisting new and existing unit members to receive their initial training and ongoing professional advancement.

Captain Jerry Civalleri presenting award to Senior Member Michael Wetsman

Lloyd Bumanglag, Capt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer (PAO)
PAO@sq150.org

Monday, January 06, 2014

Safety Meetings..

..are an integral part of our activities at Squadron 150. A recent training film presentation, for example:


..y'all fly safe now, ya heah?
W. H. Phinizy, MAJ, CAP
Squadron Commander

A Decade of Exploration


The Von Karman Lecture Series kicks off with the Mars Rovers: A Decade of Exploration, on January 16 and 17 at the JPL and PCC. The presentations are also webcast.


Jim McCurry will discuss NASA’s Mercury Missions at the Western Museum of Flight at Zamperini Field (KTOA) on January 18,2014, 11:00am, as part of the Museum’s 2014 Celebrity Lecture Series. Background documentation can be found by clicking this link.


Mr. McCurry was a member of the TRW Mercury Atlas Booster Program office as a systems engineer in the early 60s.  On Mercury, he participated in the booster acceptance and launch of all the Mercury Atlas flights at Cape Canaveral, including the historic flight of John Glenn. Read about his distinguished accomplishments,

Courtesy of:
Linda Abrams, 2LT, CAP
Aerospace Education Officer
Squadron 150

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Let's crank this mission up..

2014 starts in earnest this Thursday with a safety presentation from our newly-minted Safety Officer, CAPT Michael Cardenas. Captain Mike will present "UPS 6 - Uncontained Cargo Fire Leading to Loss of Control" and, as a public service, we are offering this warm-up piece for your perusal. Pay attention, because there will be a quiz.


See you Thursday; smoke 'em if you got 'em.

W. H. Phinizy, MAJ, CAP
Squadron Commander

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Legends in Their Own Time


After visiting the Lyon Air Museum (finally) one thing that caught my eye (for reasons unknown) was the split flaps on both the B-17 and C-47 (likely others too that I missed, but that is just a reason to go back). A little googling led to Legends in Thier Own Time. This is a terrific collection of articles, cutaways (like the P-38 above) and other resources from the time that these aircraft were in service.  If you cannot find something of interest on the contents page, maybe you don't like airplanes enough.

David Martin,
1st Lt, CAP
Sq 150 Training Officer

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Seafire Restoration..

This just in from Rick the cop over at Squadron 68..

..obscure fighter, great restoration!

-30-

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Apollo 8 - Forty-five Years Later

While not all may care for noting the anniversary of every aerospace milestone, today is the 45th anniversary of one that will not go unremembered here. Multiples of five years are not too frequent to recall the truly important ones.

Launched on Dec. 21, 1968, Apollo 8, crewed by Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders, orbited Earth’s natural satellite for the first time. 

The second manned flight in the Apollo program, it was preceded less than 2 months earlier by Apollo 7 an Earth orbital mission that proved out the Command and Service Module, and marked the recovery from the loss of Grissom, White and Chafee in Apollo 1.

On Christmas Eve, 1968 man for the first time looked back and viewed the blue marble we all call home.  Things have never been quite the same since it was first viewed this way, including the first Earth Day, a scant 5 months later.  Within the following eight months Apollo 9 tested the Lunar Module in earth orbit and Apollo 10 in lunar orbit.  The culmination of the charge given by President Kennedy only six years earlier to "... go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
The image that affected the world-view of almost everyone that has seen it is:

It was not seen by man until the 4th orbit and was nearly missed again.  The story of how it was captured is told here along with a marvelous simulation of how it came to be.  (That such imagery is taken for granted by those jaded by modern video games is best appreciated by those of us who remember a cardboard cutout  moved along a slot in a giant map in a TV studio or NASA's then cool, now crude conventional; B&W film animations.

A bit later the Apollo 8 crew pointed the video camera out a window at Earth so we could all share. It will always be worth viewing and listening to. 

Merry Christmas to all, all of us on the good Earth.

David Martin,
1st Lt, CAP
Sq 150 Training Officer

Women pilots of WWII will get grand recognition in Rose Parade


After waiting decades for military status and honors, several WASPs, all around 90, will ride atop their own float in the Rose Parade.

 By Hailey Branson-Potts, LA Times December 22, 2013 

For so many years, their service was largely forgotten.

In the midst of World War II, with legions of male pilots overseas, the 1,102 young women comprising the Women Air-force Service Pilots flew more than 60 million miles domestically, test-flew repaired military aircraft and ferried non-flying male military officers around the country.

But as the war neared its end and the men returned, their program was disbanded. Nearly 70 years later, with millions of people watching, their service will be celebrated in grand style with a float in the 125th  Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

WASPs from across the country have been raising money for the float and the trip to Pasadena for the reunion of a life-time.

"They're all about 90 years old, but they're coming and they're saying, 'Give me a blanket and hot coffee, and we'll be fine,' " said Kate Landdeck, vice president of the nonprofit Wingtip-to-Wingtip Assn., which is sponsoring the float.

Flora Belle Reece, 89, will be one of eight WASPs to ride atop the float, titled "Our Eyes Are on the Stars" and built by

Fiesta Parade Floats.
The theme of this year's parade is "Dreams Come True" — fitting for Reece, who had wanted to fly since childhood.

"I lived on a farm and watched the birds soar, and everything that had to do with planes I wanted to go see," she said.

When Reece told her father she wanted to be a pilot, he told her gently, "That's not something women usually do, Flora Belle. But if you can figure out how, more power to you." Her teachers chided her, saying she needed to find a "practical solution" to what she wanted to be when she grew up.

The WASP program gave her an opportunity.
Reece, who now lives in Lancaster, was 19 when she joined a group of women at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, in November 1943 for her training.

Back then, she was Flora Belle Smith — or "Smitty the Kid" to her friends, who were amused she had never left Oklahoma before the program. The women, she said, were assigned housing by last name, and it was in the barracks that she met Alyce Stevens Rohrer from Provo, Utah.

Rohrer too will be atop the Rose Parade float. She was 18 when she joined the WASPs.

"I could fly a plane before I could drive a car," she said, laughing. On a recent afternoon, Reece and Rohrer, whose friendship has spanned more than half a century, laughed over stories of their WASP days in Rohrer's Pasadena home, where photos of both she and her husband in uniform hang on the walls. Rohrer, 90, smiled at a photo of herself in a flight suit with wide legs and a cinched waist hitched as high as it could go.

The ladies wore men's gear, she said, and it dwarfed them. A colonel at their base made them wear turbans — which she hated — because he worried their long hair would get in their eyes.

Rohrer took on a high-risk assignment, testing problem planes after they were repaired to see if they were air-worthy. The planes were those used to train cadets preparing for combat.

"People ask me all the time, 'Why did you do it if it was so dangerous?'" she said. "My only answer was, yes, but it wasn't anywhere near as dangerous as my brother going on the beach in Normandy.... I don't even think I thought of the danger. I just enjoyed flying." Rohrer flew AT-6 and BT-13 aircraft. Reece, who also test-flew repaired planes, flew AT-6 and B-26 aircraft, she said. She is thrilled that the Rose Parade float features a replica AT-6 plane.

 The WASPs were promised that they would later be classified as military, Rohrer said. But in 1944 — as more male pilots returned — a bill that would have given them militarization was voted down in Congress. The program was disbanded in December 1944 and the women left the service as civilians, just as they had begun.

"It was like Rosie the Riveter getting kicked out of the factory as soon as the men came back to take the factory jobs," said Landdeck, who is a historian at Texas Woman's University and a private pilot.

Rohrer said it was a "terrible disappointment to all of us to quit flying those beautiful planes" after the program's disbanding.

"All the men were coming home and needed our jobs," she said. "So Congress just forgot the promise about militarrization and said, 'They're women. Send them home.'"

When the women who wanted to continue careers in aviation applied for jobs, they often received letters from airlines offering them stewardess jobs, Rohrer said. She got one of those letters — and tore it up.

 "There's nothing wrong with being a stewardess," she said. "But I wasn't one." "We wanted to fly," Reece said, shaking her head. "That was the thing."  Both women said they would have stayed in the military if they had been able to. They became school teachers:

Rohrer taught history and English at Arroyo High School in El Monte; Reece taught mathematics in Lancaster.

The WASPs were given military and veteran status in 1977 and awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.

Thirty-eight WASPs were killed in service. Because they were not enlisted soldiers, many were buried with no military fanfare and no flag on their caskets, and their families paid to bring their bodies home, Landdeck said.  The WASPs' reaction to having a Rose Parade float has been mixed, said Landdeck, who knows many of the pilots and will be traveling to the parade. The WASPs are still fundraising, she said, to build the float and pay for the women to travel to Pasadena.

"This is a very frugal generation," Landdeck said. "But they're so excited about having people know who they are. It's so much fun to realize you can have hard times and can be on a Rose Parade float when you're 90."

Rohrer, who has lived in Pasadena for more than 60 years, said she's a bit nervous about riding the float in the cold weather at her age. But it will be well worth it, she said.  "There are still so many people," she said, "who don't know anything about us."

Courtesy of:
Linda Abrams, 2LT, CAP
Aerospace Education Officer
Squadron 150

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Restoration..

Apologies for the lead-in commercial, but here is an interesting piece on the restoration of a Lockheed Vega; indeed a beautiful result but, alas, sandwiched between the "Film at Eleven" persiflage of a bubble-headed bleach-blonde with a Ron Burgundy-esque talking head looking on:


At the risk of a PC buzzkill, one reminds that NOT ONLY was this aircraft a fave of Amelia Earhart, but also Wiley Post whose Winnie Mae is on display at teh National Air and Space Museum.


More information on the Vega:

The Vega is a six-passenger monoplane built by the Lockheed company starting in 1927. It became famous for its use by a number of record breaking pilots who were attracted to the rugged and very long-range design. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic single handed in one, and Wiley Post flew his around the world twice.

Designed by John Knudsen Northrop and Gerard Vultee, both of whom would later form their own companies, the aircraft was originally intended to serve with Lockheed's own airline routes. They set out to build a four-seat aircraft that was not only rugged, but the fastest aircraft as well. Utilizing the latest designs in monocoque fuselages, cantilever wings and the best engine available, the Vega delivered on the promise of speed.

The fuselage was monocoque, built from sheets of plywood, skinned over wooden ribs. Using a large concrete mold, a single half of the fuselage shell was laminated in sections with glue and then a rubber bladder was lowered into the mold and inflated with air to compress the lamination into shape. Two fuselage halves were then nailed and glued over a previously made rib framework. With the fuselage constructed in this fashion, the wing spar had to be kept clear, so a single spar cantilever was mounted atop the aircraft. The only part of the aircraft that wasn't particularly streamlined was the landing gear, although production versions wore sleek "spats". It was powered by the Wright Whirlwind, which delivered 225 horsepower (168 kW).

The first Vega 1, named the Golden Eagle, flew from Lockheed's Los Angeles plant on July 4, 1927. It could cruise at a then-fast 120 mph (193 km/h), and had a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h). The four-passenger (plus one pilot) load, however, was considered too small for airline use. A number of private owners placed orders for the design however, and by the end of 1928, they had produced 68 of this original design. In the 1928 National Air Races in Cleveland, Vegas won every speed award.

In 1928 Vega 5 Yankee Doodle (NX4789) was used to break transcontinental speed records. On August 19-20, Hollywood stunt flier Arthur C. Goebel broke the coast-to-coast record of Russell Maughan by flying from Los Angeles, California to Garden City, New York in 18 hours and 58 minutes, in what was also the first nonstop flight from west to east. On October 25, barnstormer and former mail pilot Charles B.D. Collyer broke the nonstop east to west record set in 1923 by the U.S. Army Air Service in 24 hours and 51 minutes. Trying to break the new west-to-east record on November 3, Collyer crashed near Prescott, Arizona, resulting in his death and that of the aircraft owner, Harry J. Tucker.

Looking to improve the design, Lockheed delivered the Vega 5 in 1929. Adding the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine of 450 hp (336 kW) improved weights enough to allow two more seats to be added. A new NACA cowling increased cruise speed to 155 mph (249 km/h) and top speed to 165 mph (266 km/h). However, even the new six-seat configuration proved to be too small, and the 5 was purchased primarily for private aviation and executive transport. A total of 64 Vega 5s were built. In 1931, the United States Army Air Corps bought two Vega 5s; one designated C-12 and one as the C-17. The C-17 differed by having an extra set of fuel tanks in the wings.

The Vega could be difficult to land. In her memoir, Elinor Smith wrote that it had "all the glide potential of a boulder falling off a mountain." In addition, forward and side visibility from the cockpit was extremely limited; Lane Wallace, a columnist for Flying magazine, wrote that "Even [in level flight], the windscreen would offer a better view of the sky than anything else, which would make it more of a challenge to detect changes in attitude or bank angle. On takeoff or landing, there'd be almost no forward visibility whatsoever."

A one-off special, based on the metal-fuselaged DL-1, was built by the Detroit Aircraft Corporation, and exported to the United Kingdom for Lt. Cmdr. Glen Kidston. It was initially registered in the UK as G-ABFE but rapidly re-registered as G-ABGK to incorporate Kidston's initials.[3] This Vega was used by him to set a record-breaking time from the UK to South Africa in April 1931. Following Kidston's death the following month, the aircraft was eventually sold to Australian airline owner Horrie Miller for entry by him into the MacRobertson Air Race. Piloted in the race by Miller's Chief Pilot, Capt. Jimmy Woods, it overturned on landing at Aleppo en route, whereupon Woods withdrew from the race and the DL-1A was eventually shipped the remainder of the distance to Australia. Following repairs and another re-registration, to VH-UVK, the aircraft was used for charter and leisure flying by Miller, before being impressed by the Royal Australian Air Force in 1941. It was finally broken for spares by the RAAF at the end of World War II in 1945.
"..and that's all the news for tonight, folks!"

Courtesy of:
Linda Abrams, 2LT, CAP
Aerospace Education Officer
Squadron 150