March Meeting Photos

On 14 March 2019, we held our monthly meeting at the Dobson's Restaurant at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona.  Our guest speaker was new Daedalian and Flight 82 member, BGen Don Harvel, USAF Retired.  He gave a very interesting and disturbing presentation about his experiences as President of the Accident Investigation Board that reviewed the 2010 crash of a CV-22 in Afghanistan (see below).  After visiting the crash site, Gen Harvel's team of engineers and other experts discovered that the probable cause was a double engine compressor stall, just before landing.  The earlier Safety Board had concluded that it was pilot error, which was what the AF leadership embraced for political reasons -- they wanted to buy more aircraft.  They wanted Don to change his report, but he would not.  Our members were thoroughly enjoyed hearing about an officer who stood up for what was right!

Click for BGen Don Harvel's Biography.

Gen Harvel discussed the 2010 CV-22 accident.

Our members and guests enjoyed Gen Harvel's talk.

Gen Harvel was thanked by Flt Capt Stookey.

USAF Special Ops CV-22 Osprey.

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

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.

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