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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JANUARY DINNER MEETING
Thursday - January 4th
Speaker: Barbara Schultz
Social 6:30 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
A member of the 99s Museum of Women Pilots, Barbara Schultz is a noted aviation historian and author with four books in print: Pancho: The Biography of Florence Lowe Barnes; Wedell-Williams Air Service; Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens; and Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed her Flying.
In addition to her books and AAHS journal articles, she has been a consultant and participant in three aviation documentaries: The Happy Bottom Riding Club, Breaking through the Clouds, and The Katherine Cheung Story. Her projects are well-researched and include many first-person interviews with pioneering pilots.
Barbara earned her pilot's license in 1978, purchased a 1950 Cessna 140A, and married her test pilot husband Phil. They live on their own airport in California's Antelope Valley and own several classic aircraft.
Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens encompasses over fifty years of aviation history. Stephens' story includes early flying in southern California from Clover, Rogers, DeMille, Chaplin, and Glendale's Grand Central Airport and his association with Howard Hughes, Alan Hancock, Eddie Bellande, Amelia Earhart, and many other notable aviators.
When airlines were in their infancy, Stephens became a captain on Ford trimotors for Maddux, TAT, and TW & A. His first route was the Gambler's Run to Agua Caliente, Mexico. Piloting a Stearman dubbed the Flying Carpet, an open cockpit biplane with only a compass for directions, Stephens flew famed author Richard Halliburton around the world in 1931/1932. The 18-month flight included a 1,600 mile journey through the desolate Sahara to Timbuctoo; a near fatal flight in an attempt to capture Mt. Everest on film; and a visit with Dyak headhunters in Borneo. This is the first factual narrative of the Flying Carpet flight.
Following the world adventure, Moye worked for Lockheed then co-founded Northrop Corporation in 1939 where he became a member of the board as well as chief pilot, testing Northrop flying wings and other prototypes during WWII.
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