Had Fun At The French Valley Airport Cafe

Corvettes of Temecula Valley 
French Valley Airport Café

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Wings & Rotors Museum

 

Breakfast Social…and Lots More…at the French Valley Airport Cafe
July 8, 2016

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If you arrived at the French Valley Airport Cafe at 8:30am for the 9am bi-monthly breakfast social, in COTV style, you were not alone and had to wait for a few minutes while they got the patio tables cleaned off. The staff mistakenly believed that a 9am start time meant we would be getting there at 9am!

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It was a large group of 47, including brand new members John and Annette Beck, who brought their application and check with them, and hopefully soon to be new members John and Fritzi McDermott, who came to see what we were all about and left talking about printing the application form off the Internet and mailing it in. Both couples found COTV on the website, so StingRay and ZRob1’s hard work keeping it alive and kicking has attracted some interest.

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A group of this size filled the patio as well as several tables inside, where those who wanted to stay out of the sun found some relief. The staff handled all of our orders in efficient form and everyone chowed down as well as doing some spirited table-hopping to catch up with what had been going on since our last time together. Jim Sommars announced a couple of upcoming additions to the calendar – a Ladies’ Day organized by Rosemary Priebe, the July MLR where Lou Long hopes to break last year’s record of 52 cars attending (and is providing coffee and donuts as a bribe to get us to Paradise that day!) and a several day trip to Prescott AZ. All the details of dates and meeting places will be on the website and calendar as soon as available.

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After Jim’s announcement, the party started to move out of the Cafe and many headed to our next destination of the day, the Wings and Rotors Museum, just a couple of buildings away. This was another place that most of us had never heard about but which all of us found fascinating. This is how the museum describes its mission:

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“Wings & Rotors Air Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and showcasing Vietnam-era aircraft and history. We take great pride in our restorations striving for exact historical accuracy in their appearance, and we learn as much as possible about the units they may have served in. It is our belief that we better serve the public and veterans by being as accurate as possible down to the last detail.”

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We had a tour led by Judy Rodgers, whose husband Patrick is the Executive Director and Chief Pilot. She showed us the Sikorsky UH-34D which they rescued from the boneyard in Tucson, the Bell UH-1B Huey in which Ray McIntosh spent 2000 hours in Vietnam (not the exact same one of course!) and the F-4 Phantom. We also met Shayne Meder, who has spent her career in the USAF and is the painter on staff. Her “hobby” is painting H-60 helicopters for the Navy in San Diego! Most women have a slightly different idea of a hobby.

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Again, thanks to Marilyn Watson and Carol Buote (and their husbands) who put our 4th breakfast social of the year together for us. They have done such a fantastic job that we want to make them members of the event planning team forever.

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