The Boeing B-17F "Flying Fortress" AFA-317th Chapter Aircraft

"It has served, unlike any other bomber, through all of the Second World War. It had become a legend in its time. A tribute to the men who had conceived, designed, and built it-and a monument to the remarkable young men, most of them boys who flew it. These men, and this plane, accomplished one of the most frightening missions ever demanded of men and aircraft. Together they helped end history's last "Glorious War".


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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Air Force Association Miami Chapter, The 317th To Work & Support Local Students and Teachers With a Hydrogen Powered UAV Project

A former Navy / Marine Reserve Douglas A4-C Skyhawks sits outside the main entrances at George T. Baker Aviation School in Miami, Florida. George T. Baker School has been a corner stone of aviation training in Miami for the past fifty (50) years offering FAA A&P programs and providing a trained workforce to the local Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO) industry
AFA-317th Chapter President Benny F. Benitez is shown holding two 1/100th scale models of the Boeing C-17A, Globlemaster III at the Atlantic Models ( production facility in Miami, Florida. Atlantic Models is proud and respected supporter of the AFA-317h and the first supporter to assist with the George T. Baker projectAFA-317th Chapter Secretary, FAA-CFI, CFII, MEI, Goldseal Flight Instructor and Republic Airways ERJ-170 First Officer, Catherine Smallwood explains basic aerodynamics and wing loading to George T. Baker Student Chris who is a member of the Miami Civil Air Patrol 319th Squadron
Master Model Maker and Designer Mr. Gino Galvez of Atlantic Models meets and briefs the students of George T. Baker Hydrogen Powered UAV project on the concept of selecting the proper materials for creating the UAV main body and airfoils, as well as the proper procedures for model production Mr. Galvez who was recently recruited as AFA-317th member and deemed the Chapter official aerodynamics model maker speaks to the George T. Baker Students about the utilizing the correct adhesives and bonding agents when work with EPS type foam as shown holding within his handsNot shown in these first set of photographs is Gino brother, Miller Galvez who is also a Master Model Maker and whose talents and that of Atlantic Models, which headed up by Roger and Carol Jarman have produced untold numbers of aircraft models for the USAF for nationwdie displays and presentations. Our thanks to Atlantic Models for their support toward the future of our Nation Air Power and the education of our Students

Miami, Florida 3rd March 2010: The 317th once again is taking a head role concerning the aerospace education of our local students here within South Florida. Each year the Chapter holds a "Teachers Workshop" where local science teachers are exposed to certain aerospace issues and materials so that they could take back to their classroom for the benefit of the local student body and their introduction and continuance toward aerospace studies.
This year, the the 317th or as it is becoming to be known as the "Relevant Air Force Association Chapter" is taking a new and fresh approach. With the help of local organizations like the 94th AeroClaims-Aviation Consultant Group, the Digital Aircraft Factory and Atlantic-Models, the Chapter is looking to mentor, foster and support a team of outstanding students who attend the George T. Baker Aviation School of Miami in a cutting edge project.
The students shown above are under the direction and leadership of their teacher, Mrs, Noami Pascual. They are to take on the task of creating a hydrogen powered U.A.V for a State competition.
Two out of the five students who make up the group are members of the 319th Civil Air Patrol Squadron, based in Miami Springs, Florida and all show great interest and ability in aviation and aerospace studies. The 317th shall be a strong advocate and supporter of this project and through its Chapter leadership of which all are known and respected professionals within the aviation / aerospace sector of the Miami business market, the students look forward to tapping an cumulative and combined experience pool of well over 80 years, ranging from commercial airline maintenance, regulatory, aircraft design, flight instruction and military test flying. The 317th shall continue to report on this topic as the project progresses during the course of the year.

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