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55 Year Reunion Announcement!

Social Hour at 5 PM followed by a Buffet Dinner at 6PM

Saturday,  July  28,  2018  -  5:00 pm

Tinelli's Hathaway House, Solon, New York  

$31 for Saturday.  

A map will be provided.

Friday, July 27th, a MEET/GREET at the ELKS CLUB 6-9 PM. There will be snacks (pizza, veggie platter, cracker/cheese platter). The cost will be $10.




 


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Harvey Finn


November 1963, I enlisted in the Air Force, was sent to motion picture cameraman school, then was stationed at Vandenberg AFB in August 1964. I was quickly qualified as an aerial motion picture cameraman, filming missile launches from the open door of C-47 (DC-3) "Gooney Bird" aircraft.

July 1965 I went to Vietnam and began filming air strikes from the rear seat of fighter aircraft. I flew 365 missions in F-100, F-4C, A1E, 01, HU-16 and other aircraft over the next 1/12 years. On most of the fighter missions, the pilots would let me fly while they instructed me. They told me I had the aptitude to be an Air Force pilot and encouraged me to begin the process. There was one problem: to be a pilot you had to be an officer, and to be an officer, you had to have a college degree.

December 1966, I returned from Vietnam to Orlando AFB, Florida, where I taught aerial combat photography. March 1967, I married Jeri Van Dien, a freshman at Cortland State I had met in 1964 at the Tavern while on a weekend leave. In September 1967, I left the Air Force to start school at the University of Maryland, where I majored in motion picture and TV production and earned a private pilot license through Air Force ROTC. In 1971, I graduated with a commission in the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant.

Over the next year, I completed undergraduate pilot training at Vance AFB in Oklahoma and received my Air Force pilot wings. I was assigned to fly the C-141 Starlifter, a four-engine jet cargo aircraft, at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. While there, I flew extensively to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific and upgraded to C-141 aircraft commander. I flew in the 1974 Israeli Airlift and landed on an ice runway in Antarctica.

In August 1976, I was reassigned to Carswell AFB in Ft. Worth, Texas, as a TV director. The Air Force had cut back on flying hours, and pilots were being assigned to non-flying jobs. I wrote, produced, and directed audiovisual programs for aircrew training. I later became the commander of the unit and earned an MA at Texas Christian University. In 1979, Jeri and I divorced. We have two children, Casey and Cass.

I was then assigned to Travis AFB in northern California where I resumed flying the C-141 on worldwide missions. In 1980, I met my wife, Therese, an intelligence officer at the base. Therese had a degree in German language and literature from UC Berkeley, spoke German fluently and had been an exchange student in Munich during college. We shared a love of travel and worked out a joint assignment to Ramstein AB. Germany.

We arrived in Germany in the summer of 1983. Therese was the intel officer for the airlift division commander, and I flew the T-39 Saberliner (an executive jet) and the C-12F (a two-engine turboprop) carrying ambassadors, general officers and foreign dignitaries throughout Europe. In 1988, I reached 20 years active duty and retired as a Major. We returned to Travis AFB, where Therese was medically retired after her second high replacement as a Captain.

I was hired by American Airlines and assigned to Washington, DC flying as an engineer on the Boeing 727. I eventually switched to engineer on the DC-10, and we moved to Vacaville, CA about 60 miles east of San Francisco, where I was an MD-80 copilot working out of San Francisco.

In 1993, we built our home in Newcastle, CA about 120 miles east of San Francisco in the Sierra foothills. I put in a Mandarin Orange orchard on my property. In 1999, I started flying the Boeing 777 to Japan, which gave me the time off and income to work at home on my "money pit". On my 60th birthday, I was forced by law to retire from the airline.

Therese and I are now where we want to be and are very fortunate. I was a better pilot than a farmer and the orchard is limping along. I love living in the country, hanging out with my Australian cattle dogs and working on projects.

I've been having a great time laughing at the photos and corresponding with old friends that I will forever be indebted to. Can't wait to see you at the reunion.

(written in 2007)







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