Volume XVI: GAAHF Newsletter                                    December 2017
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German American
Aviation Heritage Foundation

"Preserving Traditions and Rediscovering the Fascination of Passenger Flight"

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Message from
Bernhard Conrad

Chairman of GAAHF

Dear Friends and Supporters:

This month at GAAHF we are remembering fondly a very special day in aviation. Since 114 years ago this month, the Wright brothers changed the world forever. On December 17th, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane twenty feet above a beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Without the Wright brothers’ invention, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart would not have made their solo trans-Atlantic flights until much later.  Aircraft would not have been as effective in the world wars, and jet and rocket engines would be inconceivable. The Wright Flyer is also an antecedent to the space shuttle. The Wright brothers made powered flight possible. And so the fascination with flight began.

This past month we also celebrated a wonderful occasion where our friend, colleague and GAAHF Board Member Arthur Molins was honored with the  Donald E. Axinn Community Service Award from the Cradle of Aviation Museum Annual Gala in New York.   

We are pleased to share a splendid piece from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum about using the power of flight to reach communities in need.  During this time of year for giving, we feature the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, a converted cargo plane that is now a high-tech operating room and training facility, bringing eye care teams to communities in need across the globe. 

We are pleased to have a spotlight of Advisory Council Member Steve Lott, Director of International Communications at Boeing. We are grateful to Steve for all the work he does with us at GAAHF and sharing his own story and passion for aviation.

Lastly, during this special time of year, we are sending our best to you and your loved ones.  We want to thank you for your ongoing support to GAAHF. We wish you the wonderful gifts of the season — Peace, Joy, Hope, and Love. May every happiness be yours throughout the coming year.

Seasons' Greetings to all!

With Warm Wishes,
                                                                Bernhard Conrad 
                                                                Chairman of German American Aviation Heritage Foundation
Lufthansa Super Star:
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Merry Christmas
and Happy Holidays!

From Your Friends at GAAHF

GAAHF Congratulates 
Mr. Arthur J. Molins

A Night of Achievement and Celebration
On November 15th we honored our friend, colleague, and GAAHF board member Mr. Arthur J. Molins as he received the Donald E. Axinn Community Service Award.  We very are proud of all of his efforts and continued support for not only GAAHF but for many others including his community.  The Gala served as an opportunity to honor the accomplishments of leaders in aerospace and the community.  GAAHF was proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at this great occasion. 

The 15th Annual Air & Space Gala was held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, that has houses many historical preservation efforts and educational programs.  These programs include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Magnet Academy at the high-school level as well as STEM partnerships with local elementary schools.  As members of GAAHF we continuously support and advocate for all STEM programs as well 
The Cradle of Aviation also honored Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean with Spirit of Discover Award for Technical Achievement and Daniel Kearns, President of BH Aircraft Company, with the Leroy R. Grumman Award for Technical Achievement.

Mr. Alan Bean is an American former naval officer and Naval Aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut and he was the fourth person to walk on the Moon.  He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at the age of thirty-seven years in November 1969. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, he pursued his interest in painting, depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as that of his fellow Apollo program astronauts.  

Please see this link for more on his incredible artwork!

"Sparking the Imagination"

Written By: Advisory Council Member, Steve Lott
For many people, the month of December represents excitement around the holidays, time for a break with family and friends and reflection about the preceding 12 months. I share that excitement but I also associate December with many important events throughout aerospace history.

For example, it was December 17, 1903 when the Wright Brothers piloted the first powered, controlled flight for 12 seconds. Pratt & Whitney’s first engine was completed in December 1925, Apollo 8 orbited the moon in December 1968 and the first flights of the Boeing 707 and 787 flew in December of 1957 and 2009, respectively. Let’s also not forget December 1986 when Voyager flew nonstop around the world without refueling.
In 1910, six years before he started his company, the 29-year-old Boeing traveled from Seattle to an international air show in Los Angeles. An encounter with famed French aviator Louis Paulhan resulted. With the ingredients of his global background and broad imagination, Boeing quickly grasped the profound implications of the new industry.

Marveling at Paulhan’s aerial feats and the new technology on display, Boeing tried but failed to get a ride in Paulhan’s Farman biplane. He went home to Seattle determined to pursue aviation.
More than a century later after that spark, the aerospace industry changed the way we travel, move our goods, and protect our nations during times of war. The view from above also changed forever how we see the world.

As we celebrate many things this December, let’s also reflect on how innovators throughout history and aerospace brought humanity together around shared human aspirations. While we have Bill Boeing and many others throughout history to thank for getting us started, we have the chance carry on the legacy he built in the face of this change!
These December events and many others throughout history provide a striking reminder of the tremendous aerospace innovation we’ve seen since the Wright Brothers flew 114 years ago. All of these innovations and would not have happened without dreamers who had tremendous vision and an original spark of imagination.

Even as I think about history of my own company, it was an air show encounter more than 100 years ago, which was the spark that fired the imagination of Boeing’s founder, William E. Boeing, a visionary with a global perspective.

60th Anniversary: Lufthansa Super Star Edition
On its way to the U.S.A.

By: Wolfgang Borgmann

During the autumn and winter of 1957, Lufthansa received its four ordered Lockheed L-1649A Super Stars. These months, preceding the official launch of scheduled operations were intensively used for pilot, flight engineer, cabin crew and ground technician training, plus the remedy of early teething problems, mainly associated with the complex Curtiss-Wright turbo-compound engines. These training sessions were held both at the Lockheed factory in Burbank, California, and at the Lufthansa technical base in Hamburg, Germany. Just one month after the delivery of Super Star D-ALOL in January 1958 as the last of the quartet, Lockheed closed the L-1649A production line with only 44 manufactured aircraft built for three customers: TWA, Air France and Lufthansa.

After everyone was trained and the teething problems solved, Lufthansa scheduled February 13, 1958, as the date of the first Trans-Atlantic Lockheed Super Star flight originating in Hamburg, with an intermediate stop in Frankfurt, heading for New York City. Unlike its Lockheed Super Constellation predecessors, the Super Stars managed to cross the North Atlantic nonstop, which was in those days regarded as a sensation! Apart from its extraordinary range of up to 10.000 kilometers, the on board weather radar meant a big improvement in flight comfort over earlier Constellation versions. For the first time it was possible to detect turbulent frontal systems en route, and to curve around them. Beforehand these bad weather zones had to be detected visually by the cockpit crew. Especially on night flights a very difficult undertaking, which led to many ‘shaken’ passengers and a good use of airsickness bags.

The Super Star inauguration flight was commanded by Lufthansa chief pilot Rudolf Mayr, who welcomed an illustrious group of passengers on board consisting of journalists, book authors, the airport directors of Berlin-Tempelhof, Frankfurt, Vienna and Hamburg, the majors of Hamburg, Vienna and Frankfurt, plus Lufthansa CEO Hans M. Bongers. On the way back to Germany, 41 American journalists and travel agency experts headed nonstop to Cologne, right into the peak season of “Karneval”, the German equivalent to Mardi Gras.

Apart from these first Atlantic crossings, Lufthansa presented its new star of the fleet at its German line stations, inviting honorary guests to short introduction flights followed by a feast of coffee and cake at the individual airport restaurants. Vintage documents reveal that Lufthansa, always a cost conscious company, instructed its line stations not to spend more than 10 German Marks for coffee and cake, including service, per invited guest! The goodwill tour was scheduled for three weekends between February 21 and March 9, 1958, calling at the West German cities of Hamburg, Hannover, Bremen, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich and Nuremberg.

Initially just two of the four delivered Super Stars were equipped in a mixed First- Tourist- and De Luxe-Class configuration with a total of 82 seats. The other two aircraft were not needed for the thinned out 57/58 winter schedule, and had been parked up until the beginning of the summer traffic program 1958.

This was the era long before modern inflight entertainment. A nice chat with the seat neighbor, playing cards or chess, tasteful drinks and great food being the principal pastimes during the long hours spent aboard. As of 1957 something revolutionary came on board ­­– music. Lufthansa was one of the first airlines to install “Travel Muzak” named tape recorders in the cabins of its Super Constellation and Super Star planes as a first step on the long road to the infotainment center available in the seats of current air travellers.

This month at the National Air and Space Museum  is an exhibit about humanitarian aviation reaching communities in need. 

"In the new Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibition as part of the reimagining of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC., visitors will be able to explore the multiple ways our lives are impacted by flight, from recreational hang-gliding to business travel to humanitarian uses for aircraft. One of those stories is that of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.The Flying Eye Hospital is just that: a cargo plane that is now a high-tech operating room and training facility bringing eye care teams to communities in need across the globe. It’s the only fully-accredited airborne hospital in the world. An Orbis teaching simulator, which helps doctors practice eye surgery techniques, will be on display in the exhibition."

Photo: The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, 2016. Courtesey of Orbis International via Facebook.

Please See Link for Full Article!
STEM + Arts
GAAHF Exhibit at
 5th Annual Engineering Day

On December 6th the German American Aviation Heritage Foundation joined hundreds of students at the 5th Annual Engineering Day at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in Washington, DC. GAAHF, along with many other companies, helped display the many facets of aviation and aerospace while promoting STEM education!

These young aspiring engineers enjoyed learning about GAAHF's mission and took interest in the mechanics of flight.  Many students were hoping to see the miniature Lockheed-1649A model take flight off the table!  Along with the model, our GAAHF representatives enjoyed building and teaching students how to construct wooden plane models.  

"It's important to inspire the younger generations to build for their bright future ahead!  We aim to inspire and spread the fascination of flight!"
~Bernhard Conrad, Chairman

Veterans in STEM:
Innovations in Recruiting Those Who Serve

From the Stem Education Coalition 

By 2018 it is projected that 2.4 million science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs will go unfilled in the United States. Our nation’s veterans are poised to utilize the STEM skills they’ve acquired during their military service to fill many of these jobs and bring a new wave of innovation. However, veterans must be properly supported, educated, and recruited by the STEM community.

On November 15th on Capitol Hill, this diverse panel from the STEM Education Coalition addressed what steps Congress, businesses, and education organizations can take to get more of the talented and skilled leaders of the veteran community into the high-paying, high-need STEM fields. The goal of the briefing was to help define the major issues around veterans and STEM careers and explore public and private solutions.


Please see more in our next edition as GAAHF continues to advance our path in the STEM+Arts community!

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition represents the broadest and most unified voice in advocating for policies to improve STEM education at all levels.   It is a central mission of our Coalition to inform federal policymakers on STEM issues and serve as an advocate for the critical role that STEM education plays in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity.
Future Flight for
The Superstar!

CNN Feature on Restoration
This month from CNN Travel we are so excited to share a feature recognizing Lufthansa's efforts to restore historic aircraft! 

"While flying is still considered a quintessentially modern way to travel, many airlines have now clocked up decades of history. And one is taking its heritage very seriously. German airline Lufthansa has been busy restoring classic examples of its former fleet for displays and experience flights."

Photo: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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