This Month's Meeting

President's Message

March 2018 General Meeting


Thursday, March 15, 2018


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 Chuck DeBellevue will join us to talk about his experiences as an F-4 Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in Vietnam.

Colonel Charles Barbin "Chuck" DeBellevue (born August 15, 1945) is a retired officer in the United States Air Force. In 1972, DeBellevue became one of only five Americans to achieve flying ace status during the Vietnam War and the first Air Force WSO to do so. He was credited with a total of six MiG kills, the most earned by any U.S. aviator during the Vietnam War, and is a recipient of the Air Force Cross.

In October 1971, then Capt DeBellevue was sent to the famed 555th ("Triple Nickel") Tactical Fighter Squadron, of the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Flying in an F-4D as the WSO with pilot Capt Steve Ritchie on May 10, 1972, he and Ritchie scored the first of four Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 kills they would achieve together. Both DeBellevue and Ritchie, along with Capt Jeffrey Feinstein of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, would become the only USAF "aces" during the Vietnam War. May 10, 1972 was the same day that Randy Cunningham and Willie Driscoll scored their third, fourth and fifth aerial victories, becoming the Navy's only aces of the war.

Colonel DeBellevue was one of 77 American flying Aces to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can bestow on behalf of the American people.

For any changes or questions regarding your reservations, please call me at 627-2772.

Larry Cobado
88th President, Aero Club of Buffalo


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