We are saddened to announce the passing of Shawn Clements, daughter of Bill & Jeanne Ferguson. Shawn succumbed to a battle with brain cancer discovered in July of 2013. Jeanne says that “Shawn was and still is a beloved daughter, mother, sister and aunt.”
1st Saturday Aviation Program and Breakfast
"Tracing the Evolution of the Aircraft Carrier and Naval Aviation up to 1941." presented by WW-I Historian Narayan Sengupta
Our guest speaker for the October 4th, 1st Saturday Aviation Program and Breakfast will be Mr. Narayan Sengupta. On July 19, 1918, British Sopwith Camels from the new aircraft carrier Furious made an early morning surprise attack on the German naval Zeppelins at Tondern, Germany. Their mission was a tremendous success. It practically ended Zeppelin operations and set the precedent for other carrier attacks including Pearl Harbor.
For our October 4, 2014 program, published historian/author Narayan Sengupta traces the evolution of aircraft carriers and naval aviation up to 1941 with a primary focus on the Tondern raid. Sengupta, an American of Franco-Indian heritage, has spent seven years researching American military aviation in World War I. He has traveled across France and the United States to visit airfields, air museums and archives after learning that America's first combat squadrons were based a few hundred yards from his mother's home in Saints, France.
In 2008, he organized the 90th Anniversary Commemoration of the United States Air Force's first combat operations. He has written four books: "American Eagles - The Illustrated History of American Aviation in World War I", "POW Stories", "Disaster at Dieppe" and "Lafayette Escadrille: America's Most Famous Squadron," all available on www.USAWW1.com.
On July 14, 1918, the Germans shot down and killed Teddy Roosevelt's youngest son, Quentin, in the skies over France. Until his tragic death, Quentin stayed in the home of Narayan Sengupta's great-great grandmother. This incredible story and a love of history compelled Narayan to research American World War I aviation. The result is four books about World War II and World War I, articles and photos published in "Over the Front", the History News Network, the Marietta Daily Journal and elsewhere.
Sengupta has had ten veterans on the French side of his family, seven of whom were in combat. One died in action, one was wounded, one was captured, one was an occupier and one was in the Resistance. Two received the Croix de Guerre. On August 27, 1944, his mother's family was liberated by brave Americans of the US 3rd Armored Division. On the Indian side of his family, both great uncles were noted historians, and one was head of the All India Historical Society. Consequently, he is very passionate about America's military accomplishments and its veterans.
Narayan founded Smyrna, Georgia's annual Veterans Day event in 2008. He speaks several languages, loves to travel and has visited about 20 countries. He was Star Student at North Fulton High School (which was America's first International Baccalaureate School), majored in History at Emory and earned an MBA from Georgia State. He worked at IBM, Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard and Alltel before starting NFI (www.nfiweb.com), a website, search engine optimization and database development firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
He served as President of the Smyrna Rotary Club (2008-2009), is on the Smyrna Veterans Committee, in SuperSmyrna, Smyrna's Community Core Council and on the board of the National Museum of Commercial Aviation. In 2010, the Smyrna Rotary Club named him "Smyrna Citizen of the Year." He is the very proud father of two young daughters.
The October 4th program will begin at 10:30 AM in the EAA 690 Hangar, 690 Airport Road, Lawrenceville, GA (Briscoe Field) and is open to the public. An all you care to eat Pancake (and eggs and sausage) Breakfast and/or refreshments are available beginning at 8:00 AM. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Joel Levine, 404-314-7573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Each month the EAA sends out a Chaptergram. This month features some folks we might know.
Annual Chapter 690 Airplane Wash
Troop 827 and several Young Eagles did a fabulous job washing eight airplanes! See the photo album for more photos.
Check out the 2014 Summer Camp photos in the Multimedia Section!
Check out the photo's of the Glider Pylon Project - Next work day is Sept 27th
EAA 690 is a Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, located at Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A diverse chapter with over 150 members, we offer a wide range of aviation-related activities on a regular basis. While the Pancake Breakfast and our monthly meetings are the norm, we also are heavily involved in youth education through EAA’s Young Eagles program and our Aviation Explorer group, regularly conduct fly-ins, and host historical aircraft such as EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” and the Ford Tri-Motor.
Our technical counselors are some of the best in the business, and willingly donate their time to homebuilders, as they progress through the various phases of constructing an aircraft. We have pilots with a wide variety of experience, from former airline and military pilots to general aviation pilots with a private certificate. “Hangar flying” is a fun part of the mix, and our facility is often used for aircraft annual inspections, meetings, special events, and training. We also have an extensive array of aviation tools for loan to members, and a library full of aviation information.
Come join us on the first Saturday of every month at the hangar to enjoy a $6 Pancake Breakfast, and to learn more about EAA 690.