November 2022 Chapter Gathering and Membership Meeting

Hello EAA Chapter 179 Members and Friends – Join us!

The November Chapter Gathering and Membership Meeting
is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15th
At the Maintenance Facility, Double Eagle II

Join us – in person!     Visitors Welcome!

5:30 PM — Doors Open
5:45 PM — Potluck Bring your own drink and a side dish to share
6:15 PM — Program – Annual Membership Meeting
………………………………………. Operation El Dorado Canyon
……………………………………Presented by Tony Sobol

The Membership Meeting:  Voting will be conducted for Officers and Board Members; check the November Newsletter for the slate of candidates (Newsletter will be published on Nov 6th).

The Program: In 1984 Tony Sobol was Operations Officer for the 494 Fighter Squadron (FS) in the Royal Air Force in Lakenheath, England.  He will share his story of flying Operation El Dorado Canyon, a controversial but highly successful mission shocking Muammar Qaddafi and reducing Libyan sponsored terrorist activity.

Tony graduated in 1970 as a distinguished Air Force ROTC Graduate from Univ of Connecticut. After pilot training at Columbus AFB, he was assigned the F-111 at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, NV.  In September 1972 the Wing deployed to Takhli, Thailand to fly in Linebacker I and II, the Christmas bombing of Hanoi. Tony flew a total of 77 combat missions over North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.  Later, returning to the states, he commanded the 522 FS at Cannon AFB. Upon promotion to Colonel, he was assigned to JUSMAGTHAI, Bangkok, Thailand as Chief of the Air Force Division.  The Royal Thai Air Force invited him to be an Honorary Pilot in the Royal Thai Air Force. After AF retirement, his work at Boeing brought him to Albuquerque as Director of Field Marketing.

From 2012 – 2016,Tony built a Van’s RV-8A.  He flies the RV and his Bellanca Super Viking regularly.

Each month, these “Chapter Gatherings” offer time to network with programs  centered on exchanging experiences and ideas about aviation – airplanes, flying, and flying activities – rather than the chapter business which is addressed in bimonthly Board meetings..

Where: City Maintenance Facility at Double Eagle II Airport

Directions: The City of Albuquerque maintenance facility at Double Eagle II Airport is next to the Control Tower. At the last stop sign before turning left to the main airport parking lot, DON’T TURN LEFT. Proceed straight through the gate towards the Control Tower. Look for EAA signs. Park in front of the city building.

Driving to Double Eagle II: Take I-40 or Paseo del Norte west to Atrisco Vista Blvd and follow airport signs. (7401 Atrisco Vista Blvd).