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The March 2014 Issue of the Avenger Newsletter
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TBM Avenger (replica static display) for NAS Ft. Lauderdale Museum for sale
at the Proud Bird Aviation Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA:
MAKE YOUR MARK ! LEAVE A LEGACY !
Andy Marocco, a business development Entrepreneur, from California, is a recent Acquisitions volunteer for our Museum. Andy is a long time student of the legendary “Flight 19” and is currently working on a book based on historical records that bring to light some newly discovered and unknown facts to their disappearance. Recently, Andy teamed up with fellow Flight 19 researcher, Jon Myhre, with the goal to acquire a TBM Avenger for the NAS Ft. Lauderdale Museum. He has also expressed several ideas that could help the Museum expand its size and revenues. In the past several months he has located a few possible TBM Avengers that could be displayed at the Museum. Some of them are being "authentic" and others full size fiberglass "replicas". They range from $250,000 to the latest (affordable price) of $25,000.
Andy has procured a down payment of $2,500 to hold the latter replica at the historic Proud Bird Aviation Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. We have two members with pledges of $1,000 each, and some members are interested in volunteering for logistics and transport. Also we have newspaper contacts that would like to follow the story. If interested in pledging a donation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject matter: AVENGER. You can call: (754) 300-9259 or (954) 359-4400 (you can leave a message).
Photos by NASFL Museum Lifetime Member Gerry Urbanek
Bermuda Triangle just a myth, U.S. says
February 8, 2014
By Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel
Now it's official: The Bermuda Triangle is a bunch of bunk.
For decades, rumors persisted that hundreds of ships and planes mysteriously vanished in the area between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda because it was cursed or patrolled by extraterrestrials. Most of us already suspected that was a myth. Yet, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just posted a story declaring the Devil's Triangle, as it's also known, is no different than any other open ocean region — and that foul weather and poor navigation are likely to blame for any mishaps.
"There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean," the agency stated this month on noaa.gov. Ben Sherman, spokesman for NOAA's National Ocean Service, said the agency wrote the story as part of an educational program where it responds to readers' questions. The story was based on information from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Guard, which make no bones about saying the mythological area is so much balderdash.
"The Coast Guard does not recognize the existence of the so-called Bermuda Triangle as a geographic area of specific hazard to ships or planes," the military branch said. "In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes."
Not everyone is in full agreement, including Minerva Bloom. She's a volunteer docent at the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, which pays homage to Flight 19, perhaps the highest-profile incident involving the Bermuda Triangle. The five U.S. Navy torpedo bombers took off from Fort Lauderdale on a routine training exercise in December 1945, never to return.
"I don't think there are aliens or anything like that, but I do think there's something going on there," Bloom said. One reason for that: In the early 1990s, she and her family flew in a seaplane operated by the now defunct Chalk's International Airlines from the Bahamas to Fort Lauderdale.
"The pilot said, 'We're going over the Bermuda Triangle,' and all of the sudden, a screw fell from his panel," she recalled. "He said, 'that's happened before, don't worry about it.' But it was just spooky."
Otherwise, more scientific study should be done to determine if the Bermuda Triangle is inhabited by "some form of energy that hasn't been explained yet," Bloom said. "The Earth is full of pockets of energy, and there might be some sort of scientific explanation."
Since the early 1950s, some outrageous theories have surrounded the Bermuda Triangle. Among them: Space aliens hunt for human study subjects there; the lost continent of Atlantis exerts an evil influence there; or black-hole vortices pull objects into other dimensions from there. There also are more reasonable explanations, such as methane gas, erupting from ocean sediments, have overwhelmed vessels or that strong magnetic forces can confuse sailors and pilots. NOAA contends that hurricanes and tropical storms, which frequently churn through the triangle, and other bad weather are more likely explanations for ships or planes getting into trouble.
Additionally, the Gulf Stream, a fast-moving current that runs parallel to the U.S. East Coast, can cause "rapid, sometimes violent, changes in weather" — and that numerous shallow water areas near Caribbean islands can be treacherous to ship navigation, the agency said. "The ocean has always been a mysterious place to humans, and when foul weather or poor navigation is involved, it can be a very deadly place," NOAA said. "This is true all over the world."
NOAA noted the U.S. Board of Geographic Names does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an official name. Further, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have no official maps to delineate the boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle. "Their experience suggests that the combined forces of nature and human fallibility outdo even the most incredulous science fiction," NOAA said.
Read the article at Sun-Sentinel Online
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Great Luncheon at the Lauderdale Yacht Club with our Speaker John Bowen, an author, illustrator, and Vietnam Veteran, who presented his new book "Eleven Months and Nineteen Days" a Vietnam Memoir.
Three letters from Headquarters Eight Air Force, Office of the Commanding General APO 634 were found in Herbert Weigand's trunk. The letter was sent to "Every Member of the Eight Air Force" signed by Jimmy Doolittle. A Doolittle Raiders historian verified it, with help from the Makowski Family. One of these original letters will be maintained by the 385th Bomb Group of the 8th USAF. And a copy of this original will be maintained by the Raiders historical archives in
Texas. A letter is on exhibit at the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum.
Wings of Freedom Tour Flight Experience
Photos by Minerva Bloom for Buddy Galvin
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Can you recognize these men?
Date taken: From April to November of 1945.
Location: Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale base, 1945. And also at the New River downtown Ft. Lauderdale, 1945.
The following photographs were donated by Maureen Campbell Clark from Manchester, New Jersey, a relative of Walter R. Parpart, Jr. Walter was one of the crewmen of the fated Flight 19, a training Squadron of 5 TBM Avengers whose disappearance initiated the "Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle."
If you can recognize any of the young men in these photographs, please contact the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, we are trying to research who they are: E-mail the Museum
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NASFL Museum member and volunteer
Ray Rivera was among the Biographies and Portraits of World War II Veterans
Presented by Students of Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Intergenerational Service - Learning Oral History Project
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale
Historical Association & Museum LUNCHEON
Saturday, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 at 11:30 am
Lauderdale Yacht Club
1725 SE 12th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
JOHN BOWEN, USAF VIETNAM
Author and Illustrator
Also members will be able to cast their votes
for the next Board of Directors
Please RSVP by Thursday, February 20: Debbie or Minerva
(954)359-4400 or (754)300-9259