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DOX32
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posted 08-15-2011 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone interested in meeting Saturday at BALPEX?

I will attend and am bringing a large number of BECK covers/other space related covers for trades etc.

yeknom-ecaps
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posted 08-16-2011 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Unit Meeting is on Saturday from 3-5 PM and Mr. Durst is lining up a guest speaker for it as well as a trading session.

daveblog
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posted 08-22-2011 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just booked my room for this show and meeting. Will there be any Space Unit get togethers on Friday or Saturday night?

stevedd841
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posted 08-22-2011 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave, yes, we will have a get together (post meeting) on Saturday night at a venue being finalized. We should have it nailed down shortly.

Some of our previous sessions have ended with tailgate bargaining in the parking lot even after the restaurant venue had closed with deals being hammered out as the cars were leaving the parking lot!

And I have a coup for you too, with your working on the Daily Show in NYC and being cut in on the news media, our guest speaker at the meeting will be Gene Bender, an electrical engineer with General Electric Co., who worked on the Albert the Space Monkey test flights in the late 1940's at White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico, and later worked on the Bumper missile program at Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the early 1950's at the start of the U.S. Space Program.

We should have a great time! Bring your duplicates and trade material,too!

stevedd841
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posted 08-30-2011 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our guest speaker for the Space Unit meeting at BALPEX may even be better than I originally thought. After some further checking, I think Gene Bender is the GE engineer who actually fired the V-2 rocket for the Albert the Monkey test, June 11,1948, and later, Gene fired the first rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 24, 1950. The rocket was Bumper 8, a converted V-2 rocket with an Army WAC second stage. What a surprise to have Gene Bender for our guest speaker! Our meeting will be in Salon "C" from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm this Saturday, September 3, 2011, at the Hunt Valley Marriott in Hunt Valley, Maryland(just north of Baltimore off of I-83). All are welcome to attend this meeting to see and hear how history was made. Gene Bender, GE Engineer, was a key participant in the early U.S. Space Program. You will get to see and hear him, and to learn how early space history was made!

micropooz
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posted 08-30-2011 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, Steve, that's great news! I will be there with my Smithsonian Milestones of Flight #8, 30th Anniversary of the Launch of Bumper cover for Gene to sign! Any other Albert or Bumper related covers out there?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 08-30-2011 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shoot! Wish I could attend as I would love to meet Gene Bender of the original Bumper GE-launch team that was here at the Cape in 1950.

While I don't seem to find his name listed in my Bumper 8/7 files of team members, however, I do have other papers, articles, reports, clippings, etc. that may have him mentioned.

As an avid V2/Bumper enthusiast and collector, I've got lots of Bumper team signed commemorative philatelic covers and would love to include Bender on some of them.

Many that were signed were also carried/flown aboard a 7-foot tall Bumper 8 replica model rocket that we flew from the Cape's original Pad 3 in celebration of Bumper's 50th anniversary of Florida's first pioneering rocket launch.

The model rocket flight was listed and recorded as an official Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch activity on July 24, 2000. Therefore, the replica launch and brief flight was an official event sanctioned and recognized by the U.S. Air Force, a "first" in the Cape's long history.

Stored inside the nose cone of the V2 rocket replica were more than 100 cachet covers of two varieties.

Also put aboard for my private Bumper collection was a Wernher von Braun autograph and an actual flown-used tail segment relic of a V2 flight from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Anyway, guys, have a great Space Unit meeting at BALPEX this weekend and have a drink on me in celebration of the Cape's first 2 rocket firings here.

DOX32
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posted 08-31-2011 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI the Milestones of Flight for Bumper 8 is number 90. I will bring what I have for signing.

astrobock
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posted 09-02-2011 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrobock     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I doubt anyone needs a reminder about the annual ATA Space Unit meeting in Baltimore tomorrow... but here it is anyway.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 09-03-2011 04:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will be attending.

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John Macco
Space Unit #1457

stevedd841
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posted 09-03-2011 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our salon is changed to "E" instead of "C" so check once you get to BALPEX. We will have a get together after the meeting at Wegman's, upstairs, across the street from the Hunt Valley Marriott. Bring your trade material, collateral material, and photos, you want to show to our attendees. See you there!

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