OPA holds monthly dinner meetings the first Thursday of every month (with some exceptions; check our Calendar on this site) at the C.E. Page Building at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City (see map at left). Distinguished guest speakers present educational and safety related programs at the monthly dinner meetings. Visitors are welcome!
Dinner is $13 per person and payable by cash or check at the door. Social gathering starts at 6:30pm; dinner is served at 7:00pm; presentation usually starts around 7:30pm. Dinner is not required.
Please email Roger Walton (below) with reservations. Indicate if dinner is desired.
OPA hosts monthly FlyAways to interesting destinations for lunch or dinner and other activities. We like to fly, and we like to eat!
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JUNE DINNER MEETING
Thursday - June 1st
Speaker: Representative Gary Banz
Social 6:30 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
Mr. Banz is the Executive Director of Oklahoma Honor Flights. They transported 2055 OK WWII veterans to Washington DC free of charge to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifice. He is the OK Legislative Squadron Commander of CAP. Banz is working to restore a C-47 that is familiar to most of us. The C-47 in question was produced at the Douglas Manufacturing Plant in OKC. It came off the assembly line on March 5, 1944. It flew on D-Day with seventeen 82nd airborne infantry paratroopers on board. The plane was sold after the war as surplus material and bought by Phillips Petroleum for use to fly executives around the "oil patch." It was later purchased by Kerr-McGee in OKC and used in a similar manner. In 1976 Kerr-McGee gave the plane to the OKC Fairgrounds where it was on elevated static display until about 2007 when the static display was removed. Metro Tech campus at Will Rogers Airport became the home for the plane and it remains in their parking lot in a very unsecured environment. Arrangements are pending for the plane to become property of the Oklahoma History Center and be displayed in Midwest City as a part of that community's veteran memorial display. It is anticipated that will happen in 2017 as a part of the 75th year anniversary celebration of the beginning of Tinker Field and City of Midwest City in 1942. Banz, was a history teacher in public schools for 28 years, after serving in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. He later ran for office and served as Oklahoma State Representative for 12 years. Gary is married to Linda and they have three children and six grandchildren. He holds wide ranging honors including the OK Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
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