The Carolina's Aviation Museum will dedicate the CH 46, AKA, "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and put it on display. This is the 46 Mike Claussen crewed when he won the CMOH and was flown by Walt Ledbetter when he was awarded the "Navy Cross" for the same mission. The ceremonies will be held on Saturday at 1100 hours at the museum located on the grounds of the Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC on Saturday October 20, 2007.
Let's use this opportunity to support the Carolina's Aviation Museum for their foresight in memorializing a "FROG", Mike Claussen and Walt Ledbetter. How do we do that? Let's try to get a great showing of Pop a Smoke people and especially 263 crews and drivers. I would suggest we show up in Charlotte on Thursday October 18 and Friday October 19. Friday night 263 will have a cash bar at 1800 hours at the Charlotte Renaissance Suites Hotel for all interested parties and will follow that get-together with a 263 Squadron dinner. Make your plans to fly or drive into Charlotte that week, see some friends, have some fun and dedicate a "FROG"!
Then at 1400 hours there is a Military Appreciation Event (Fund R aiser) sponsored by the N. C. USO at the request of Col. Ledbetter and Corporal West. This will take place at Steamers Sports Pub and both the Rolling Thunder and Patriot Guard folks have been invited.
That night (Sat.) at 1800 hours a fund raiser for the future upkeep of "Frog BST" will be held at the Renaissance Hotel. The cost will be $65.00 per person and we would really like everyone to attend this function as it will help keep the bird looking good in the future.
Thursday and Friday October 18 and 19, 2007:
Friday October 19, 2007:
Saturday October 20, 2007:
Sunday October 21, 2007:
THERE ARE TWO DINNERS THIS WEEKEND (Friday and Saturday). WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO ATTEND BOTH, BUT IF YOU CANNOT, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PRE-PAID FOR THE NIGHT YOU WANT. Thank You.
DIRECTIONS FROM DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CHARLOTTE, NC to STEAMERS