Daedalian Virtual Flight


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on activities and information.
There are no flight dues.

We’re bringing the annual meeting to you

As you may already know, our 2020 Annual Meeting will still happen May 1, but as a video feed only. In keeping with the health and safety guidelines in place because of COVID-19, you no longer have to travel to JBSA-Randolph, Texas, to attend the meeting. You can now participate on your computer or smart phone from the comfort of your own home or office.

We recognize that this is something new for many of our members. In next month’s Aviator and in an upcoming issue of this blog update, we’ll have a link to the website where the meeting will be hosted, along with instructions on how this will work. We’ll also send this information in an email to all members the day before the meeting.

A benefit of this format is that it will allow us to answer questions from a larger number of members on issues affecting them, such as membership, meetings, awards, and other topics. We encourage you to complete a short survey and submit questions HERE so we’ll have your answers on May 1.

United States Space Force

Welcome to the nation’s 6th military service branch

The official website for the
United States Space Force


Chief of Space Operations

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond


United States Space Force

Fact Sheet

Raymond Sworn In as First Space Force Chief

Gen. Jay Raymond was formally sworn in as the inaugural Chief of Space Operations Jan. 14 at a White House ceremony led by Vice President Mike Pence.

Raymond has been working as the Space Force’s first Chief since it was created Dec. 20. He also leads US Space Command, the combatant command that uses Space Force assets in daily operations, and managed USAF space resources as Air Force Space Command boss since October 2016.


U.S. Space Force begins to organize Pentagon staff and field operations

WASHINGTON – The United States’ first chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force is still wearing his U.S. Air Force uniform.

But I’m not in the Air Force anymore, says Gen. John “Jay” Raymond. I’m in the Space Force.


Back to the moon

NASA is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. Through the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before. We will collaborate with our commercial and international partners to establish sustainable missions by 2028. And then we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap sending astronauts to Mars.

— From the NASA Artemis Program website

Meet the women and men going to Mars! Thirteen new astronauts join NASA under the Artemis program, making them candidates for the first human exploration of the Red Planet set for the mid-2030s.

Learn more HERE.

Newest Astronauts Graduate with Eye on Artemis Missions

Watch the video of their graduation ceremony HERE.

The legacy of Capt. Lance P. Sijan

Cadet Sijan at the Air Force Academy.

U.S. Air Force Portraits in Courage – Unbroken Will:
The Capt. Lance P. Sijan Story

Many people know his name, and the story of what he endured while a POW in Vietnam. But there’s more to Capt. Lance P. Sijan. Learn more about the Medal of Honor recipient in this VIDEO.

Does your career need AMP?

The Daedalian Aviator Mentoring Program (AMP) encourages young people

to pursue careers as military aviators,

plus assists current military aviators in their career development.

Do you or someone you know need a mentor?

Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.

Eddie Rickenbacker

Daedalian Founder Member #169

Quiz Time!

We’re pretty sure all Daedalians will ace these quizzes, but check them out just for fun! Click on the image to get started.

Can you answer these 10

general aviation quiz questions?

True or false?
You just might be surprised!

The faster you answer these questions,
the higher your score!

Brig. Gen. Kenneth N. Walker

Brig. Gen. Kenneth N. Walker, Daedalian Founder Member #634, was an air power advocate, a man driven by his convictions, and an officer who believed in taking care of his people. Learn about his role in creating the Air War Plan in only nine days in 1941, and much more. ABOVE: General Walker (left) and his aide, Capt. Fred Dollenberg, in 1942.

Stay on top of the news

The Airpower Blog features news stories that impact military aviators from all the services. Whether it’s the latest weapons system, safety concerns, readiness or personnel issues, you can find these stories and more. Want the news delivered to your inbox? You can sign up to get a weekly Airpower Blog update.

Daedalian Photo Album

If you have a photo of yourself — either current or from “back in the day” — that you’d like to share on this page, please send it to Annette@Daedalians.org, with “Daedalian Photo Album” in the subject line.

Reunions — celebrating camaraderie

Organizing a military reunion? Add it to our listing! Just click on the + sign to see the upcoming events. To add your reunion to the list, email communications@Daedalians.org.


AC-119 Gunship Reunion XXI

Includes Shadows and Stingers; Air Crew, Ground Crew and Support Crew; 71st, 17th & 18th SOS; and the maintenance support squadrons. Also AC-47 Puff the Magic Dragon folks. Friends and families, as well as anyone whose bacon we saved, are welcome.
Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2020
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Additional details are on the Association Mail Call site
Lastly, please visit https://www.ac119gunships.com/membership-contact-information/alpha-roster and add any missing names or contacts you have – we can still reach many IF we know who they are!

12th TFW Reunion — RESCHEDULED!

Includes 12th TFW at MacDill AFB, Florida; Cam Ranh AB and Phu Cat AB, Vietnam; 12th FEW/SFW, Bergstrom AFB, Texas (Korea) and all supporting units)
Attention! Rescheduled for May 28-31, 2020
Dayton, Ohio
POC: E.J. Sherwood
EJ12TFW@cox.net or 480-396-4681
(A memorial dedication to the 12th TFW will occur during this event.)

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Daedalus Flyer

Spring 2020
Also available in downloadable PDF.


March 2020 Issue

Heritage Snapshot

John A. Hilger, who would retire as a brigadier general in 1966, is shown as a flying cadet at Army Air Corps flying school in 1933. In 1942, he was assigned as deputy commander and pilot with the Doolittle Raiders, and participated in the April 18, 1942, raid on Tokyo. Learn more about him here.