Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Aviation history author to speak on Naval Air Station Yorktown


October 31, 2012
     Aviation history author Mark Chambers will be a guest speaker at the fifth Hunt for History event being held Saturday, November 3, at Yorktown Middle School, 11201 George Washington Memorial Highway. Mr. Chambers is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Chambers, who has done extensive research on the history of U.S. naval flight testing in Hampton Roads, will speak about the history of Naval Air Station Yorktown. His presentation is titled, "Naval Air Station (NAS) Yorktown: Site of Firsts in American Aviation."
     Mr. Chambers is the author of "Flight Research at NASA Langley Research Center" (Arcadia Publishing Publication), "From Research to Relevance: Significant Achievements in Aeronautical Research at Langley Research Center (1917-2002)" (NASA Publication), and "Engineering Test Pilot: The Exceptional Career of John P. "Jack" Reeder" (Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Publication). Mark is also the co-author, with his father Joseph, of "Radical Wings & Wind Tunnels: Advanced Concepts Tested at NASA Langley" (Specialty Press Publication).
     The Hunt for History event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public, will include two other presentations:
       11:30 a.m. - Mr. Paul Emigholz, a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Richmond School of Law, will provide an overview of the Historic Routes and Trails Mapping Project that he has lead for the past three years, with specific emphasis on the Yorktown area.
       12:30 p.m. - Ms. Bethany Austin, Hampton History Museum, will instruct participants on how to best care for and preserve important family papers and photographs for future generations.

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