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Huey Unwrap for the 2018 Season
18 FEB 2018
Eat first - Thom Gilbert took the picture
Lots of Supervisors!
At noon on Sunday, 18 FEB, nine members met at LZ Fritz to wash the Huey and prep the pickup for a President's Day
celebration. After Ken Fritz BBQ'd burgers in his workshop, we began washing the pickup and uncovering the Huey. It was a
real goat rope getting the tarp off the Huey as the winds increased to a velocity that went from limp flag to flag straight out.
Special thanks go to Curt Knapp and Ken Lake for bringing the new pickup batteries out to LZ Fritz on wash day so we'd be
ready to roll after Ken Fritz scraped the frost of the windshield. Ken Fritz and Thom Gilbert did the pickup maintenance while
Tom Inks, Ken Lake, Al Doucette, Ed Morris, Jim Cunningham, Jim Clark, and Curt Knapp took care of the Huey.
American Heritage Day
Mt. Vernon Memorial Park
Fair Oaks, CA
19 FEB 2018
Great turn out - thanks guys!
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and of course Curt Knapp!
On 19 FEB, VHPA-CCN displayed our Huey with 14 members plus two wives and one girlfriend attending. The group enjoyed the
sunshine, classic cars, Mountain Men, pilgrims, American Revolutionary soldiers, a marching band, and two US Presidents:
impersonators of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, CA for "American
Heritage Day" . We had a dues drive and collected $640 in dues and donations - twice what the pickup parts cost us.
Extra appreciation goes to Mike Whitten and Jim Stein for their dedication and friendship to the chapter, for driving all the way
over from Marin County (about 90 minutes each way), and to Will Gibbons for his 2+ hour drive on windy 2 lane roads from
Jamestown. Special thanks go to Ken Lake and Thom Gilbert, who volunteered as our Donut Dollies - for donuts and coffee on
these chilly February mornings.
Vietnam Memorial Day
Fair Oaks VFW Post 6158
Fair Oaks, CA
29 MAR 2018
Curt Knapp, Ross McCoy, Mike Whitten, Jim Stein, Al Doucette, Ken Lake, and Tom Inks celebrating
Vietnam Memorial Day
Huey 563 on Display on Vietnam Memorial Day
CCN's Huey 563 was displayed at Fair Oaks VFW Post 6158 under beautiful California skies for National Vietnam War Veterans
Day. Helping out were Al Doucette, Ken Lake, Tom Inks, Mike Whitten, Jim Stein, and Curt Knapp. The big raffle winner was
Jim Stein with 4 tickets to an upcoming Sacramento River Cats baseball game.
Huey Work Day
CCN's Huey 563 has taken a beating from thousands of young perspective pilots over the years. The pilot and co-pilots seats
had holes big enough to fall into! Tom Inks and Dave Anderson met Ken Fritz on 14 APR at Ken's barn. It took all day to repair
the seats. Fortunately we had 2 spare armor plated seats and several "newer" nylon mesh covers. We were able to make 2
better seats (at least without holes) from the old material and scrapped the remaining leftovers. We now have 2 decent
looking and functional seats in the Huey and Ken has about 500 less pounds of old spare junk in the barn. Just in time to
display 563 at the McClellan Aerospace Museum Thursday through Saturday. Sorry, no photos.
Red River Valley Rats Reunion
McClellan Aerospace Museum
19 - 22 APR
This was not a VHPA-CCN event, but we did loan our Huey to the McClellan Aerospace Museum for the Red River Valley Rats
reunion in Sacramento. This was a total success with about 300 members and guests in attendance. Their BBQ/Flight Suit
Party at the Aerospace Museum of California on 20 APR with all the pilots and wives enjoying a perfect weather evening. Bud
Anderson, WWII Ace was there and so were 4 VN era POWs. CW2 Mike O'Connor, Army B-Model pilot, shot down and captured
near Hue, was also there. Mike spent 5 years as a guest of the Commies. Huey 563 was a hit - the museum doesn't have a
Huey. Our Huey looked very good sitting near an H-3 and an F-86 outside by the BBQ buffet lines. Inside, the A-1E looked pretty
imposing sitting there aimed at the dinner crowd.
Jim Cunningham and Ken Fritz moved the Huey into place on 19 APR, before the River Rats showed up. After the event, Jim,
Tom Inks, Ed Morris, and Ken moved the Huey back to LZ Fritz on 22 APR, covered her up nicely, and admired the freshly done
gravel driveway. The Huey and truck were causing big ruts in the driveway. Ken had another 13 tons of gravel delivered, then
he spread it and packed it with a rented vibrating roller machine. This work was accomplished while the Huey was visiting the
563 Covered up Behind the Barn Ken's Rented Vibrating Roller
Mt. Vernon Memorial Park
Fair Oaks, CA
29 MAY 2018
The Prep Crew at LZ Fritz Memorial Day - 563 On Display
Ed Morris, Al Doucette, Ken Fritz and Jim Cunningham met at LZ Fritz for a 0745 departure to the
Memorial Day celebration at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks. This was a well attended ceremony with about 1000
people in attendance. Ken Lake, Barry Fitzpatrick, Curt Knapp, and Dave Anderson joined the group at the event. Barry wore
his Dress Blues. Curt left early when his old flight suit malfunctioned (major rip in his pants!). A short ceremony was held,
followed by a flyover of 2 privately owned T-38s and a pair of skydivers dropping in. As usual Huey 563 was a popular attraction
after the ceremony.
2018 VHPA National Reunion
3-7 JULY 2018
VHPA-CCN was represented at the Atlanta reunion by Ken & Marcia Fritz, Jim & Barbara Barger, and Curt Knapp, who worked
the AAHF flight line. Ken met up with two pilots he hadn’t seen since 1969 and that made the reunion special for him. They are
planning for KC next year as this is written.
Curt as usual snuck into a picture, this time with the AAHF volunteers. He is the guy on the left in the back row.
Huey Wash and Annual Business Meet
23 SEP 2018
We had Mike Nord, Al Doucette, Ken & Leslie Lake, Curt & Carla Knapp, Tom Inks, Jeff & Socorro Magaziner, Mike O’Connor,
Ken & Marcia Fritz here. Cunningham and Morris said they’d be here, but weren’t. Dave Anderson had to cancel at the last
minute due to a family conflict.
After spending about 2 hrs cleaning up the Huey and pickup, we had BBQ’d chicken, Kentucky Fried chicken, fruit salad,
macaroni salad, potato salad, chips, plum pudding, brownies, veggie lasagna, assorted sodas and beers. The business
meeting was held on the patio while Ken Fritz BBQ’d the chicken. The ladies did a fine job setting up the banquet and the
weather was perfect with plenty of shade under the 80’ American elm and the English walnut trees. Jeff & Socorro again
brought their nice lawn tables and chairs.
Business meeting topics (Details to be emailed to members):
1) Change bylaws to allow council members to continue in their posts when no one else steps up for election.
2) Financial position is in great shape.
3) Next event is Veterans Day at Village Barbershop in Stockton, 10 NOV with Huey wash at 10AM on 9 NOV. Last year’s
donations were substantial at this event and Bobby at the barbershop says it should be bigger this year.
4) Mike Nord has moved the MOC to a lot on S. Jefferson Blvd, W Sacramento. He will do a survey in the next 2 weeks to
determine what’s needed to resurrect it. A vet from Grand Forks, ND, has pledged to sponsor taking the MOC to KC for the
reunion, Memorial Day, 2019.
Huey Power Wash at LZ Fritz
Salute to Valor
Serrano Country Club
24 SEP 2018
The El Dorado County Veterans Alliance again invited us to their annual Salute To Valor at the Serrano Country Club. All golfers
got to cruise by Huey 563 parked right next to the cart path at Hole # 1. The Collings Foundation B-17 did 2 fly overs. All
services were honored and represented. A large men's chorus sang a nice medley of all service songs: "Anchors Aweigh",
etc. We enjoyed explaining and showing various features of the Huey to many moms and their kids. Tom Inks, Curt Knapp, Mike
Nord, and Ken Fritz crewed the Huey and received a challenge coin for their service
LZ in the Trees
Tom Inks, Ken Fritz, and Mike O'Conner (Curt Knapp took the picture)
Village Barber Shop
9-10 NOV 2018
Ken Fritz, Jim Cunningham, and Ed Morris, and Mike Nord met at LZ Fritz to wash our truck and Huey on 9 Nov to prepare for the
next day. Since Jim was not available the next day, the Woodland Quilt of Valor group led by Debi Sterling (Ed Morris's wife)
presented Jim with Quilt of Valor.
Quilt of Valor presented to Jim Cunningham by Stephanie Ladd and Debi Sterling
On 10 NOV, we celebrated VETERANS DAY at Village Barber Shop, 409 Lincoln Center, Stockton, CA. It was a big success.
Bobby Page (owner of the Village Barber Shop) has been sponsoring this fund raiser for Veterans for many years. His Barber
Shop is decorated like a Military Museum with many pictures and stories about veterans of all services. This was our 2nd year
of displaying Huey 563. Several hundred veterans and the public attended the event and enjoyed our helicopter, a band, pulled
pork sandwiches, and a flyover by 5 fixed wing private airplanes that performed on the missing man maneuver. The local high
school ROTC group did a very respectful flag ceremony. Ken Fritz, Ken Lake, and Ed Morris did the driving duty. Al Doucette,
Dave Anderson, Mike Whitten, and Jim Stein met up in Stockton.
Before the official Veterans Day ceremony began the Woodland Quilt of Valor group presented each of the attending VHPA-CCN
members a custom made Quilt of Valor. We all appreciate these wonderful gifts and a big THANK YOU goes out to the
Woodland Quilt of Valor group.
Ed Morris, Mike Whitten, Al Doucette, Jim Stein, Ken Fritz, Dave Anderson, and Ken Lake wrapped in
Woodland Quilt of Valor Quilters
in front of Huey 563
Sandy Peays, Stephanie Ladd, Kathy Boehm, Debi Sterling, and Stephanie Ronsin
On a sad note, this day was very smoky due to the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA, which started on 8 NOV. It has turned out to be
the most destructive wildfire ever recorded in California. The town of Paradise was destroyed with over 10,000 structures lost
and 59 people have perished to date. The fire is still burning as I write this. We reached out to 3 of our VHPA-CCN members
who lived in Paradise (Tom Schaub, Ted Smith, and Jay Goodrich). They were either not at home or were able to safely
evacuate as the flames bore down. However, all 3 lost their homes. Our hearts go out to all the victims of the Camp Fire.
Alamar Marina and Restaurant
3 DEC 2018
California Chapter North held our annual Christmas party on 3 DEC at the Alamar Marina and Restaurant on the Sacramento
River. The restaurant is on a floating barge. A good turnout of 27 members and significant others attended. We feasted on a
special Salmon dinner, while a few members decided on a delicious hot Crab plate. Of course we also had plenty of liquid
refreshments! Since Curt Knapp missed our last event, Debi Sterling (Ed Morris's wife) presented Curt with a Quilt of Valor.
Quilt of Valor presented to Curt Knapp by Debbie Sterling
Ken Fritz on top deck of the barge
We pretty much took over the restaurant for the evening
On a more solemn note, California was hit It by the most destructive wildfire ever recorded in California on 8 NOV 2018. The
Camp Fire destroyed most of the town of Paradise and heavily damaged the surrounding communities. In all, over 19,000
structures were lost and 86 people perished. Three of our VHPA-CCN members lived in Paradise and survived the fire, but lost
their homes and most everything else. Our chapter officers voted to donate $1,500, from our chapter treasury, to our
displaced members. We also started a fund raiser from our members to add to that amount. In total, we raised an additional
$2,100 (much of it during our Christmas dinner) and were able to offer donations to our 3 effected members of $1,200 each to
help them and their families. Our hearts go out to all of victims of the Camp Fire.
One of members home after the Camp Fire
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