JAN Membership Gathering 2018

January 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
EAA 186 Chapter House
10629 Observation Road
VA 20110
Sande Miller-Long, Vice-president

Saturday, January 27, 2018
EAA 186 Chapter House

9:00 – Social Hour (Donuts, muffins coffee and other beverages)
10:00 – Welcome and introductions
10:10 – Chapter Merchandise Drawing – New Prizes!
10:15 – Chapter Business and Announcements
10:30 – Special Reports – Award Presentations
10:50 – Chapter Merchandise Drawing New Prizes!
11:00 – Program: Chapter member, Jim Gross, will do a presentation about his Fokker D VII build.
12:00 – Chapter Merchandise Drawing New Prizes!
12:15 – Pizza Party $5 per person

Jim Gross of Sterling VA may be new to EAA while building a full sized Fokker D VII from plans, his family however is not new to aviation and has a rich history of flight. His childhood was often spent with the family at the end of Babylon airport in New York watching planes takeoff. He had his first ride off a grass strip at the age of 6. One uncle, Col. Joseph Beube, flew in WW II, Korea, Nam, for NASA, and a local travel agency. There was another uncle who was a director of R & D at Grumman Aerospace, and a hush hush position held by another uncle at the early missile program at White Sands New Mexico.”

Jim has experience working with his hands as a residential contractor and even started a company in 2000 building custom motorcycles from scratch. After finishing with a Masters program in substance abuse counseling, the decision was made to build a plane in his spare time.

The D.VII entered squadron service with Jasta 10 in early May 1918. When the Fokker D.VII appeared on the Western Front in April 1918, Allied pilots at first underestimated the new fighter because of its squarish, ungainly appearance but quickly revised their view. The type quickly proved to have many important advantages over the Albatros and Pfalz scouts. Unlike the Albatros scouts, the D.VII could dive without any fear of structural failure. The D.VII was also noted for its high manoeuvrability and ability to climb at high angles of attack, its remarkably docile stall and reluctance to spin. It could literally “hang on its prop” without stalling for brief periods of time, spraying enemy aircraft from below with machine gun fire. These handling characteristics contrasted with contemporary scouts such as the Camel and SPAD, which stalled sharply and spun vigorously.