11 - 12 - Sat., Sun.
Natchez, Miss. British Car
18 - Sat.
Navarre Beach Car Show - all cars -
20 - Mon. Regular PBCA dinner - meeting
26 - Sun. PBCA Progressive Dinner
8 - Sat.
South Alabama British Car Club - British Car Day,
8 - Sat. Chattanooga
, TN British Car Show
16 - Sun. PBCA Poker Rally - 2nd Annual - You don't want to
- The drive begins at and ends with dinner at Cracker Barrel
next to the I-10 Pensacola exit. (info: Bill, 850 456-9040) Go to
, Upcoming Events, to see last year's photos.
6 - Sat. PBCA Christmas Party
PBCA TOURS AIR FORCE MUSEUM
PBCA's July event, on the 24th, saw many PBCA members drive
their British cars to the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum
at Eglin AFB.
The museum is located about 60 miles east of Pensacola, near Ft. Walton
Beach, FL. Members spent a couple of hours in and around the museum and enjoyed
the huge outside birds which, among many others, included a B-52, a beautiful
WW II Superfortess, and the same super fast "Blackbird" that holds the world
speed record . Inside there were dozens of beautifully displayed aircraft
and weapons displays of all types and eras. The event was nicely organized
by PBCA's Steve Sanders
, who lives in Mary Esther, near Eglin AFB.
USAF Lt. Col. Chris Monahan, a new PBCA member, led off the museum tour
and provided us with some fascinating non-classified details of his cutting
edge experience in the USAF 28th Test Squadron of the Test and Management
Group, 53rd Air Wing, located at Tyndall AFB.. He is second in command,
what we Navy officers refer to as Executive Officer, with about 270 people
in the unit. His enviable job includes testing F-15 updates and evaluating
the USAF's new F-22 fighter. He describes the F-22 as a revolutionary, different
concept - eons ahead of the F-15 with power, speed and stealth in a different
class. Chris explained how F-22 instrumentation is vastly simplified, one
handling the work of several, and able to do much more than anything before.
Even Bill Gates couldn't buy himself such a great job. Chris also pilots
his Jaguar XKE coupe.
Following the museum visit, we enjoyed Chris and Ann Monahan's hospitality
in their nearby home. Ann is from Tasmania and showed us her Tasmanian Devil
and other marsupials in their back yard. They were, of course, realistic
statues that were cleverly placed near the bushes. Ann's mother still lives
in Tasmania. A photo shows her Mom sitting in a huge field of poppies on
the Tasmanian farm. Ann explained that the poppies are commercially grown
and used in morphine production. Ann explained how extremely well secured
the poppy fields are. You would probably find it easier to walk onto Tyndall
AFB, stroll up to a F-22, and kick the tires!
(Photos from museum trip-- Bill Moseley)
PBCA arriving at Air Force Museum
L-R Lt.Col Chris and Ann Monahan and organizer, Steve Sanders
USAF aircraft with its weapon display.
Steve Sanders leads off TR-8's
CHUMUCKLA AIRPORT PICNIC
PBCA's Dick and Mitzi Maddux hosted PBCA "up in north Escambia
county" in their aircraft hanger on the CHUMUCKLA, FL
grass strip airport assisted by Bill and Elaine Cornacchione (no, that's
not misspelled) Dick is a Continental Airlines pilot by profession,
flys his own plane for fun and keeps it safe in the hanger. Keith Sanders
brought the drinks, etc. and members brought side dishes and dessert. "North
Escambia county" means something here in Pensacola -- Escambia is longer that
Rhode Island. A beautiful day and a good time for the 30 plus members who
where there. Photos are not ready yet.
The busy winter season is here --- Stand by for fun!