2014 Gathering of Eagles by Air Force Flight Test Museum in Lancaster, CA

October 8, 2014


Jimmy Doolottle III _ Bob Gilliland _ Frank Murray

Jimmy Doolittle III (TPS Commandant 1994), Bob Gilliland (SR-71 first flight), and Frank Murray (CIA A-12 pilot – discovered USS Pueblo)

Folk 2014 Gathering of Eagles is upon us again.

We, the Flight Test Historical Foundation will be hosting the Gathering of Eagles event, to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the USAF Test Pilot School (TPS).   The event will take place on October 18th at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, CA.  Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion.

Community members are invited to attend this event, and to show their support and appreciation to our Nation’s aviators.  Information for purchasing tickets is on the Air Force Flight Test Museum’s website http://EdwardsMuseum.org.

The panel of Honorees, along with the groups represented, is as follows:

  • Bill Gray, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, Chief Test Pilot, USAF TPS, Class 91B, Eagle
  • Dave Van Hoy, Technical Director, USAF TPS, Class 94A, Eagle
  • Pamela Melroy, Col. (Ret.) USAF, Representing Pilot Graduates, Class 91B, Panel Member
  • Gary Aldrich, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, Representing the Engineer Graduates and Contractor Staff, Class 82A, Eagle
  • Andy Gerner, Col. (Ret.) USAF, Representing the Commandants, Class 91A, Eagle
  • George Cooper, NASA Test Pilot (Ret.), Co-developer of the Cooper-Harper Rating Scale, Eagle

The two emcees will be:

  • Dana Purifoy, Test Pilot, NASA Armstrong Research Center, Former TPS Staff Member
  • Joe Sobczak, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, Former TPS Staff Member, Current Flight Test Captain for United Airlines, TPS Class 81B

Each panelist will discuss TPS and the impact on their professional career, to be followed by Q&A from the two emcees and the audience.

All of the proceeds from this event will be used in support of the Air Force Flight Test museum at Edwards AFB and the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale.   Money will be used for repair and restoration of the aircraft in the museum’s inventory, as well as towards moving the main museum outside the West gate, to make it accessible to the general public.

Please come and support our museums.   You can always put something in your trust or will, that museum would be the beneficiary.

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