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".


AFA-317 Blogspot created and maintained by Benny F. Benitez, FAA -Airframe / Powerplant and FCC-Ham Radio Lic.) VFW Life Member, Former Chapter President (2009-2010). Current Chapter Vice President of Special Projects

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th October 8th Luncheon With Guest Speaker Sgt. Andrew Cohen Of The Miami-Dade Police Aviation Unit

Sergeant Cohen explains to those in attendance the fleet in which the Miami-Dade Police Department utilizes, which consist of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft's based at both Opa Locka (KOPF) and Tamiami (KTMB) airports within Miami-Dade

A birds view of the luncheon with everyone amazed with the information being presented by Sgt. Cohen

Sgt. Cohen explains the capabilities of their EADS / Airbus AStar AS350 helicopters which is the bulk of the Department fleet. The EADS / Airbus AS350 replaced the Bell Rangers helicopter fleet

Shown attending are members from the Miami University Air Force ROTC Detachment "Det-155" as represented by Lt. J. Szewczyk in ACU camo and Lt.Col. D. Ingram the AFROTC Det Commander 

Sgt, Cohen explained in detail as to how the Air Unit supports and cooperates with Ground Units on various types of "Call Outs" and often the Air Units are the game changers in a situation

October was a full house with well over 20 attendees. Those who arrived first got the upfront seating as seating in the rear was provided for this who arrived late

Shown from left to right are Cadet Airmen 1st Class Civil Air Patrol / Chapter member A. Cruz, Sgt A. Cohen Miami-Dade Police and Benny F. Benitez former Chapter President and the current Vice President of Special Projects who reached out to Sgt Cohen and secured his presence for an amazing and informative luncheon presentation 

Shown is the Chapter President, Lt. Col. Rodrigo "Rod" Huete presenting Sgt. Cohen with the Chapter luncheon speaker appreciation gift, the Chapter mascot aircraft the Boeing B-17F laser etched crystal block. Being both pilots Sgt. Cohen and Lt. Col Huete enjoyed speaking to each other about the aircraft that they have flown

When asked as to how he enjoyed the lunch and the informative presentation given by Sgt. Cohen the expression on Lt. Col D. Ingram said it all! AFA-317th luncheon are always both enjoyable and informative

Miami, Florida October 8th 2015: From former SR-71 pilots to Two Star U.S. Air Force Intelligence General to Navy Admirals, the Miami-Homestead Chapter of the AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION, Chapter 317th has and maintains a monthly line up of interesting and informative speakers that could rival the CBS news program 60 Minutes. With that said the October speaker, Police Sergeant A. Cohen from the Miami-Dade Police Department Aviation Unit was yet another dynamic speaker that gave all who were in attendance an informative insight into the Department aviation capabilities.
Sergeant Cohen explained that the current operational fleet consist of the EADS / Airbus AS350 AStar helicopter of which in the last few years have replaced the older Bell Jet Ranger helicopters. Unknown to many, the Department also has a "fixed wing" asset in as they own and operate a Cessna 172. We learned that the Miami-Dade Police Department was the first civilian law enforcement department to employ and utilized Miniature Air Vehicles "MAV's" via the use of the Honeywell made T-Hawk. We learned that the ten (10) fully, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rated pilots, which make up the unit, all hold dual ratings to fly both rotary wing aircraft's i.e. helicopters and fixed wing aircraft's i.e. planes. 
All who were in attendance bombard Sergeant Cohen with many questions which were spawn by the shear level of interest and engagement that we all experienced.We at the AFA-317th wishes to thank Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Cohen for his time and outstanding presentation.

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