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.
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APRIL DINNER MEETING
Thursday - April 5th
Speaker: Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford
Former Astronaut & Test Pilot
Social 6:00 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK
This is a one time event that will be held in the Oklahoma History Center. Admission is $40 per person (includes dinner) and can be purchased online here: PURCHASE ADMISSION
Purchase can be made using Debit or Credit Card (or PayPal). Tickets will not be issued but a list of names will be produced from admission sales. The name from the credit card used (or PayPal account) will be the name on the list. You may purchase multiple admissions for others that will be coming with you.
OTHER WAYS TO PURCHASE ADMISSION:
Purchase by check - mail check with names of attendees to:
Oklahoma Pilots Association, 5810 Tulakes Avenue, Bethany, OK 73008
(receipt by email if you provide your email address with the check)
Purchase at AirOne Flight Academy (cash or check only):
5915 Philip J Rhoads Avenue #105, Bethany, OK (in the terminal building at Wiley Post Airport); please call 405-900-0286 before coming to the airport.
NOTE: *****DEADLINE FOR ADMISSION SALES IS MARCH 31ST*****
*****ADMISSIONS ARE LIMITED! BUY NOW*****
*****ADMISSIONS CAN NOT BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR*****
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A native Oklahoman, born in Weatherford, General Stafford's mother came to Oklahoma in a covered wagon and lived to see her only son go to the moon, watching on color TV. The April meeting of the Oklahoma Pilots Association will be a historic one, co-hosted by the Oklahoma Historical Society and held at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., in Oklahoma City. General Tom Stafford will be speaking just a few paces away from the actual Gemini 6 capsule he piloted to the first rendezvous in space in 1965, proving the viability of a manned mission to the moon.
Just five months later, he and Eugene "Gene" Cernan returned to space on the Gemini 9 mission, for the second spacewalk by an American. This challenging feat had a near disastrous outcome which almost took the life of General Stafford's fellow astronaut and close friend. Just 3 years later, these two men returned to space together on the Apollo 10 mission - the second manned mission to the moon - where they descended to just a few miles above the lunar surface. As the first to fly the lunar module in lunar orbit, one of their primary purposes for that mission was to search out a site for the first moon landing on Apollo 11. On their return to earth, Stafford, Cernan, and John Young reached the highest speed ever attained by humans: 28,547 miles per hour.
General Stafford has flown over 120 different types of fixed wing and rotary aircraft and 3 types of spacecraft. Much of his post-NASA career as a three-star Air Force General involved high level classified information, which is only recently becoming declassified. This means many of his greatest accomplishments can now be publicly discussed, including his work on stealth fighter and bomber technology for the F117A and the B-2, among others. April 5th will be your opportunity to hear General Stafford give a firsthand account of some of mankind's most impressive adventures, including these stories and others.
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