This Month's Meeting

President's Message

April 2019 General Meeting


Thursday, April 18, 2019


Protocol Restaurant
6766 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

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6:00 PM - Cash Bar
7:00 PM - Dinner - $25.00 per person

Please join us this month when Walter Gordon, former Aero Club President will talk to us about how The Road to the Moon Went Through Western New York.

Walter is a highly educated and accomplished C-130 Pilot. He is a veteran of both Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He worked as an engineer at four WNY companies; Falcon Research and Development, Sierra Research, Calspan, and now is the current Defense Market Manager in the Moog Space sector of the Moog Space and Defense Group.

Walter Serves as; Chairman of the Niagara Frontier Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he is also an Associate Fellow, and is president of the Niagara Aerospace Museum

The Apollo program Steering of all three stages of the Saturn V was provided by Moog thrust vector actuation. Contributions by Bell Aerosystems were especially notable, from the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle that gave the astronauts the training required to land on the Moon to the Lunar Module ascent engine that returned them to orbit afterwards. The ascent engine was one of the most critical items in the entire Apollo stack as it had to work - there was no backup.

Once back in Lunar orbit the astronauts knew they could rendezvous and dock with the Command Module because it was proven during Project Gemini with the Gemini Agena Target Vehicle powered by Bell primary and secondary propulsion systems.

For any changes or questions regarding your reservations, please call or email our Executive Secretary, Nilha Saied at 716-634-1427 or

Larry Cobado
88th President, Aero Club of Buffalo


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