April 20, 2023 Program Presentation: In February 1989, a commercial airline Boeing 707 crashed into the highest peak of a mountain in the Azores Mountain Range, killing 144 people on board. VAHS member Tom Duke, former Independent Air (Atlantia Skylarks) Boeing 707 Captain, will be showing a TV movie about the Azores Mountain crash. Tom Duke had flown the airplane involved into Bergamo, Italy where the replacement crew departed with 144 people on board headed for the Dominican Republic with a fueling stop in Santa Maria Island. It was the Captain’s first European flight in command and the First Officer’s 10th day flying the B-707. The movie explains the circumstances which led up to the crash and shows how the accident investigators figured out what went wrong. Retired airline pilots are invited and encouraged to attend the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society (VAHS) luncheon at 1130 at the Hummel Field Airport, Pilot House Restaurant in Topping Virginia on April 20th.
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.