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Newsletter of the Coyote Squadron Commemorative Air Force Corsicana, Texas AUGUST 2013 Coyote Squadron Officers Squadron Leader Col. Dan Summerall 903-467-7170 dsummerall@nctv.com Executive Officer Col. Tom Peters 817-2193802 mohawktipi@aol.com Operations Officer Col. Gene Hathorn 903-874-6223 genehathorn@att.net Finance Officer Col. Candis Wells 903-545-2993 cwellspsi@yahoo.com Adjutant Col. Joe Mclaughlin 512-721-6721 joemc011@hotmail.com

SQUADRON LEADER I had the privilege of participating in a flyover of a funeral in recognition of their service in WWII. You will see this in another area, but I just wanted to say that it was a wonderful thing that the squadron is able to do. The flyover was for a Navy pilot. We provided the PT-19 with Colonel Bobby Grantham and myself and another flight consisting of Colonels Gene and Dottie Hathorn in their Bonanza and Colonel Steve Richmond in his RV-8 were overhead at the prescribed time. On the second pass, Colonel Richmond performed a missing man pass and with his smoke on headed west. It was a thrilling sight for me and the feedback from Chris Turner was that everyone on the ground was very impressed that we were able to do this for them. We received the request via headquarters and were one of three units that were asked. We were the only ones to step up and perform this honor. I think it is also significant to note that there were Navy pilots in each plane. I know that it was an honor for each of us to be part of it. We hope to see one or more of Lt. Turner’s sons at an upcoming meeting. They have some of his military items that they would like to share with us.

I sent to each of you the information that was recently released regarding the National Airbase proposal. We have included them again here so that those who don’t have email will be able to read the information. We will have a brief discussion on this at our August meeting. The most important thing that I need to get out to you is that every Coyote Squadron member needs to request an absentee ballot so that Maintenance Officer they are able to express their opinion on this. I recently had a discussion with one of Col. Tuck Edwards the General Staff members. He indicated to me that of the roughly 6700 members 903-641-0164 anntuck@sbcglobal.net with voting rights, only about 400 vote each year. That is just terrible that so few take the time to make their voices heard. It is easy to request an absentee ballot. You Safety Officer can send an email to Keith Lawrence (VP of Administration) at klawrence@cafhq.org Col. Ken Authier and request that you be provided an absentee ballot. I have already done this and it 903-641-9843 was acknowledged. Short of that, I will have a form that you can sign at the meeting PX Officer that will do the same thing. When the time comes, if you are not planning to be at the Col. Dottie Hathorn 903-874-8293 General Membership meeting in October, you will get your ballot that you can return drbmayer@att.net via mail. It’s as simple as that. I would love it if we had 100% participation on this Public Information vote. I don’t care how you plan to vote on this, but at least make your voice heard. Officer If you have a strong opinion one way or the other, your vote needs to be cast! Col. Mary Brown Col. Dan Summerall, Squadron Leader 903-257-8282

maryelizabethbrown@ yahoo.com Fund-raising Officer Col. Jim Wells 903-729-0386 jwellspsi@valornet.com

XO REPORT Hope everyone has had a good summer so far. For the last six weeks I have been traveling through the Southeastern States. My plan was to visit several CAF Units and aviation museums. However as a result of weather issues, poor timing and just plain bad luck, none of that


happened. Suffice it to say is was very disappointed. However, I did learn one thing. If you go to an airport and ask the right questions, you can have a good time, including getting rides in some fun airplanes. My favorite was a Chinese ZLIN. Its the first airplane I have ever been in that had a bicycle styled hand brake. Was interesting getting it to turn since the nose wheel is not steered by the rudder pedals. Col. Tom Peters, XO Officer MAINTENANCE REPORT The rear wobble pump handle has been rebuilt. All the linkage and handle has been installed. The rear wobble pump handle no longer “wobbles”. Keep the Faith! COL. TUCK EDWARDS, Maintenance Officer SUPER CHEFS REPORT Menu for August meeting will be a Southwestern Taco Casserole with Tostitos, Skillet Green Beans and for dessert, Summer Sangria Salad. Bon appetite!! SUPER CHEFS, Colonels Charlie & Reva Horton HEALTH REPORT Not much going on for the Health Report. Colonel Reva Horton had cataract surgery and all went well. Most of you know Colonel Joe McLaughnin is her son. He’s a big guy, about 6’6”, but not too smart. Seems he told Mama she looked like Robo Cop, how do you think that went over with mama bear???

GONE WEST

ROBERT ALEXANDER “Bob” TURNER, Jr., passed away Friday, July 19, he was 91. He was an United States Naval aviator during WWII. He trained in the PT-17 Stearman and North American SNJ. He served in the Pacific Theater as a pilot of a PBM Martin Marnier flying boat. The PBM was a versatile airplane. It served in several ways, as a bomber, torpedo plane, submarine hunter loaded with depth charges and transport plane. The PBM also was used as a rescue airplane picking up downed Naval aviators. He was saluted by the Coyote Squadron with a three ship flyover at the grave site near Hillsboro. Colonels Bobby Grantham, Steve Richmond and Gene Hathorn performed the “Missing Man Formation”. Colonel Richmond pulled up and went west with smoke trailing. Bob turner had an aviator’s send off. Clear skies, Bob.

HIGH FLIGHT

by JOHN MAGEE Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunwards I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun split clouds – and done a thousand things You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air, Up, up the long delirious burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, Where never lark, or even eagle, flew; And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high un-trespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.


Warbirds On Parade We Are HONORING ALL VETERANS Saturday August 31, 2013

Lancaster Regional Airport, Lancaster Texas – Beltline and Ferris Road

DFW Wing Commemorative Air Force Honoring our Veterans and Supporting our Current Military

$5 Per Person • $10 Per Car Load 10 am – 4 pm WWW.DFW WING.COM

Come and See:

B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil” Oldest Airworthy B-24 Flying Today

Book: Rides and Tours

“Ride the Wings of History”

R. V Burgin

WWII Veteran Book signing – “Islands of the Damned” A Marine at War in the  Pacific

N. G. Brown

Vietnam Veteran Book signing – “Blue Max: Missions and Memories” Huey and Cobra Gunship Pilot in Vietnam

We are planning for the following: Warbirds, Classic Cars, Paratroopers, Reinactors, Helicopters, Cold War and Cavanaugh Museum’s Displays and a Drawing for Two Southwest Airlines Tickets, Food, Drinks, and other Displays in the Hangar. There’s Fun for Everyone. Bring your Relatives, Friends and Cameras. You may book Airplane Rides for flights after 4 PM or at a later date. Contacts: Russ Coonley – 940.466.3672 –– email: COONLEYFARMS@aol.com Steve Bennett – 817.269.4081 –– email: fortworthbennett@charter.net


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