Guests are welcome! We start with social gathering at 5:30 PM, then a buffet dinner* at 6, a brief business meeting at 6:45, and the following speaker presentation to follow at 7:
The Re-Examined History of Aviation in America
Presented by Quest for Flight author Craig Harwood
Aviation historians in America have traditionally emphasized the contributions of the Wright Brothers in the conquest of the skies at the turn of the 20th century. However, a new book brings to light the pioneering achievements of Bay Area based men and women in all classes of aviation extending back well into the 1800s.
Our speaker this evening, Craig Harwood, has co-authored Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West. Based on an award-nominated history manuscript (AIAA), the book received honorable mention in the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and it continues to receive praise in professional journals.
Mr. Harwood will present core information from his research. Also, during our social time and after the presentation, the author will sign books for anyone who may wish to purchase ($27, hardcover).
About the speaker:
Craig Harwood is a fourth generation Californian and a distant relative of John J. Montgomery, the subject of this first book. An engineering geologist, Mr. Harwood has enjoyed researching and writing about history for more than two decades.
About the book:
"For nearly a century, with one exception, historians of aviation have only obliquely considered the origins of manned flight in the United States. No longer! Informed and vividly written, Quest for Flight revises the chronology of aviation in America decades prior to 1903 and, in terms of geography, locates its emergence on a far, far shore from Kitty Hawk.” -Kevin Starr, California historian
*Dinner is $15 members, $20 non-members.)