Aero Club speaker to discuss flying the Hump during WWII.

 

          Sun Lakes resident Cal Venable, a veteran of more than 100 flights across the Hump during World War II, will describe his flying experiences during a presentation to the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) Monday, December 20 at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and conversation, followed by Venable’s presentation at 7 p.m.

          Venable enlisted in the Army in 1941 and graduated from flight training in

March, 1943.  He trained in the Curtis-Wright C-46 Commando aircraft, the largest twin-engine aircraft of its time.  He flew a brand new C-46 to India as a 20-year-old six months later.  During the next year, he flew104 flights across the Hump, airlifting supplies to China and allied troops. The dangerous 530-mile passage over the Himalayan Mountains took its toll, as nearly 1,000 men and 600 aircraft were lost during the campaign.  However, Venable flew 104 flights across the Hump without an engine failure or aborted mission. 

Following the war, he flew P-51fighter aircraft and later P-80 fighter jets during the Korean Conflict.  He later served in the Pentagon and retired from the military in 1963.

         

SLAC meets the third Monday of each month from October through May in the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room. Additional information is available on the club’s web site, SunLakesAeroClub.org, or by calling Bob Walch at 895-8869 or