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VAHS Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula Chapter Meeting

April 18 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

VAHS – Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society NNMP – Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula Chapter
Everyone is Invited to Our Monthly Buffet Lunch Meeting! Please Bring a Friend!
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Meet & Greet at 11:30, Lunch at Noon, Program at 12:30
Pilot House Restaurant, Hummel Field in Topping on Route 3
Speaker: Tim Roscher, US Coast Guard, Retired, Amazing Career!

Tim will talk about the Coast Guard, its mission and his USCG experiences. He will share pictures, stories, Q&A, and a controversial poster! A Hopewell, VA, native, Tim’s family visited OBX in Kitty Hawk, NC. He saw Coast Guard helicopters fly really close to the water to scare sharks away from swimmers! He was immediately hooked! He joined the USCG in 1983, and married his neighborhood sweetheart in 1984. “They” were stationed on the East Coast at Elizabeth City, NC, AKA “The Swamp” in CG Aviation, and on the West Coast in Sacramento, CA. After 28 years in VA Beach, they moved to Mathews County in 2016 and stayed together faithfully until her passing in 2023.

Tim’s Coast Guard service and Air Water Search & Rescue operations include:

  • Dropmaster and Loadmaster on HC130 Aircraft
  • Radio Operator and Dropmaster on the HU25 Falcon – Search Jet Plane
  • Helicopter Rescue Swimmer on H3 Helicopters
  • Search and Rescue Cases in C-130s
  • Drug Patrols (another kind of search and important rescue!)
  • ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Patrols
  • Course developer for Rescue Swimmer School training
  • Occasional “drowning victim” for same training in Elizabeth City, NC
  • Even some embarrassing “Bloopers”

Tim’s USCG “Edge of your seat stuff, chokes me up!” experiences include:

  • 1985 China Air Flight #006 Boeing 747’s “falling out of the sky” off the Coast of San Francisco (Dropped 30,000 feet in 2.5 minutes! Recovered enough to land at SFO airport!)
  • Vintage twin engine aircraft full of fuel and on only one engine trying to make it back to Monterey, CA
  • Actual Coast Guard helicopter air water rescues in Hurricane Grace in 1991 that were the basis for The Perfect Storm movie, though not fully detailed in the movie

Tim runs his own financial planning firm in Mathews and is Branch Manager of several offices in VA, WV, & IN. His current service roles are Secretary of Piankatank Ruritan Club, Commander of Mathews American Legion Post 83, Golf Coach at Christchurch School, and new member of Hartfield Moose Lodge.

(Third Thursdays – Presentations on current & historical civilian and military aviation events)
E-mail NelsonJody@Verizon.Net for info. Members please check your e-mail.


Meeting times & dates can vary, please be sure to check with the chapter before the meeting to confirm dates.

Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society – Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula Chapter meets at the Pilot House, Hummel Field, in Topping, Virginia in the “Eagle’s Nest” at 11:30am on the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise posted. Pilots can fly-in and park at the door of the restaurant. Visitors are welcome at these luncheon meetings. There is an interesting speaker from the field of aviation each month. Come visit the “Eagle’s Nest” at any time and see the collection of aviation art and other memorabilia.

All NN-MP VAHS Chapter Programs are open to the public and are held at the Pilot House Restaurant, at Hummel Airport on Route 3 in Topping, VA. For more information, contact Jody Nelson


April 18
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Hummel Field
310 Plainview Rd
Topping, VA 23169 United States
(804) 758-0538
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