USAF Special Ops CV-22 Osprey.

Order of Daedalians
P.O. Box 11261
Chandler, Arizona 85248

BGen Harvel flew the C-130 in the AF & ANG.


7 Feb 2019
10 Jan 2019


Thursday, 14 March
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner

BGen Don Harvel,
USAF Retired

CV-22 Osprey Crash, Afghanistan, 2010.
Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

Roast Beef,
Chicken Fried Steak,
or Bourbon Shrimp.
(they all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual.

11 Feb: Staff Mtg
14 Mar: Meeting
18 Mar: Staff Mtg
11 Apr: Meeting
15 Apr: Staff Mtg
9 May: Meeting
13 May: Staff Mtg
Summer Break
12 Sep: Meeting
16 Sep: Staff Mtg
10 Oct: Meeting
14 Oct: Staff Mtg
14 Nov: Meeting
18 Nov: Staff Mtg
12 Dec: Meeting
16 Dec: Staff Mtg


Page updated: 09 Feb 2019

Click for info on the Daedalians' seal.The Order of Daedalians honors, as its Founder Members, all WW I aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military pilots no later than the Armistice on 11 November 1918. It perpetuates their names as the first to fly our country’s airplanes in time of war. The Daedalian’s membership of commissioned, warrant and flight officer military pilots and WASPs, with its worldwide network of Daedalian Flights and its comprehensive awards program, supports the military services and other aerospace activities. The Awards and Scholarship Programs of the Daedalians encourage patriotism, integrity, and good character in our nation’s youth; military careers as commissioned pilots; safety of flight, and excellence in the performance of military duties. The Daedalian Foundation’s scholarship program also promotes study in aerospace disciplines.  For more, visit their web site: (Note: Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)
The United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) accepted delivery of their first CV-22 Osprey at Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, Florida on November 16, 2006.  AFSOC was very aggressive to get the airplane “combat capable” by deploying to numerous exercises and enhanced training.  The CV-22 was deployed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in April of 2010. Three Ospreys departed Bagram Air Base on the evening of April 8th to conduct the first combat mission involving the Osprey in Afghanistan.  The mission was to deliver 48 Army Rangers to take out a high value target.  While descended to the target landing zone, the lead CV-22 suddenly impacted the ground.  The combat mission was quickly converted to a rescue and recovery operation.  Brig Gen (Retired) Don Harvel was selected by AFSOC to be the President of the Accident Investigation Board.  His findings as to what caused the accident are as controversial today (almost 9 years later) as they were when he released his final report to the Air Force. To this day, CV-22 crews do not discuss the April 8th, 2010 accident.

Arlan Allen, Gary Zettl, Frank Stookey, Ron Diedrichs, Art Stark, and Bill Follstte.

      Elected Officers:  
          Flight Captain: Frank Stookey, USA Retired (biography)
          Vice Flight Captain & Audio-Visual: Art Stark USAF Retired
          Treasurer: Bill Follette, USAF Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
          Provost Marshal: Ron Diedrichs, USAF Retired
      Appointed Staff:  
          Flight Adjutant: Arlan Allen, USA Retired
          Elements Coordinator & Chaplain: Tom Waldron, USAF Retired
         Assistant Treasurer: Jim Vanedeventer, USAF Retired
         Assistant Scholarships Chairman: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Assistant Audio-Visual: Kurt Gearhart, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Gary Klein, USMC Retired
          Web Site, Newsletter & Membership: Pat Dooley, USAF Retired

Normally, Willie Flight 82 meets monthly, September through May, on the second Thursday of the month, but the date can change (see calendar left).  The dinner meeting social hour starts at 1800, with dinner served about 1900, followed by a speaker -- we're usually finished by about 2100. Meeting location and other information are shown in the left column
Reservations are made by contacting the appropriate Element Leader listed in the monthly newsletter.


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