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USCG Air Station Sacramento Tour
McClellan Field, Calif. May 18, 2019

The Society for Aviation History was very fortunate to have a comprehensive tour of United States Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Sacramento on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Air Station Sacramento is the only USCG fixed-wing base of operations on the west coast and they currently utilize a small fleet of Alenia HC-27J Spartan aircraft for homeland security, law enforcement, and search and rescue missions from Canada to Mexico. Thanks to docents Lt Allison Middleton, Lt Andre Jones-Butler, and AMT Daniel Lang for a great tour.

More information about Air Station Sacramento can be found on their Facebook page: US Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento



Patriots Jet Team Facilities Tour
Byron Aiport, Calif. Jan. 13, 2018

The Society for Aviation History met at the Byron airport to tour the home facility of the Patriots Jet Team on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. The Patriots fly beautifully maintained Aero L-39 Albatros jet aircraft in a show similar to the United States Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds. They had a hangar full of aircraft of which we were allowed to crawl all over on static display, including their eight L-39 Albatros. Thanks to Randy Howell, Ed Daley, Poul Kisling, and several volunteers for guiding us through their operations and collection, and explaing their Patriots Jet Team Foundation to us.

More information about the Patriots Jet Team: Patriots Jet Team



Sanders Aeronautics Tour
Ione, Calif. April 22, 2017

Forty-five members and guests of the Society for Aviation History toured the Sanders Aeronautics facility on Saturday, April 22 2017. Sanders Aeronautics is an industry leader in aviation restoration and they're widely known as Hawker Sea Fury experts. The tour included their restoration and machine shops, aircraft engine collection, and the main hangar with their famous Sea Furies Dreadnought, Argonaut, and 924. The weather was good, and the tour was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the Sanders, Shannon, Ben and David, and Dave Osgood for setting up this private tour for our society.

Tour of the United States Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco
SFO Airport - Nov. 12, 2016

The Society for Aviation History was very fortunate to have a behind-the-scenes tour of United States Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station San Francisco (ASSF) on a pleasant day last fall. Air Station San Francisco is an important USCG facility that provides maritime safety, security, and stewardship in California.

Petty Officers Steven O'Neil and Melody Benitez provided an overview of ASSF's facility, staff, aircraft, and missions, along with a tour of the main hangar, and Operations Center.



Our Warbird Restoration Tour
Salinas - April 16, 2016

Members and guests of The Society for Aviation History were given an excellent tour on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Airmotive Specialties, Inc. in Salinas. Owners Dave and Mari Teeters took time out from their busy day, to give us a tour of their warbird and aircraft restoration facility. We had the opportunity to see work being done on three P-51D Mustangs, along with a Yak-11, and a Beech AT-11. There were several other aircraft and helicopters also receiving maintenance work. Following an excellent lunch over at the airport restaurant, The Landing Zone, Teeters invited us to return to the shop, to watch Michael Malcolm depart in his freshly annualed Mustang; it is painted to honor Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Weaver as Weaver's Nude. This P-51D was previously owned by Lefty Gardner and used to race at the National Reno Air Races and wore the paint scheme Thunderbird # 25.



SAH Tour of Mare Island, Vallejo - March 19, 2016

The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation (MIHPF) hosted a tour for SAH members and guests at the former naval shipyard in Vallejo, Calif., on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Coordinated by MIHPF member Joyce Giles, the tour began with a warm welcome and a brief history of the shipyard by President/Executive Director Ken Zadwick. Led by docents George Higgins and Raymond Boucher, the fascinating tour included visits to Alden Park, the Admiral's Mansion, Officer's Row, and St. Peter's Chapel. Following a lunch break, tour members explored the museum, dry-dock area, and the WWII era USS LCS-102.



SAH Tour of the Academy of Art University's Automobile Museum
San Francisco - January 23, 2016

All photographs are compliments of Ron Close.

Society members and their guests were invited to attend a special viewing of the Academy of Art University's Automobile Museum . Approximately 50 beautifully restored vehicles were on display from their astounding collection of over 150 automobiles and motorcycles, including brands such as Duesenberg, Bugatti, Packard, Cadillac, Daimler, Indian, and many others.



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