Daedalian Virtual Flight

Welcome to the Daedalians Virtual Flight. This page celebrates the heritage of our Founder Members, and offers all visitors an interactive look at aviation. Additionally, Daedalians who are not affiliated with a local flight/chapter may join the Virtual Flight email list to get updates on activities and information. There are no flight dues.

Each year on Armistice Day, Daedalians meet up to remember those who have flown west and celebrate those who are achieving their dreams to become military aviators. Don’t live near a flight? Send us your name and location and we’ll connect you with other Daedalians close by.

Check off those aviation museums on your bucket list

Got a road trip planned to see some of your bucket list destinations? Check out any of these 15 aviation museums

from coast to coast, and then send a photo of your visit to us at communications@daedalians.org!

We’ll publish them on this page and/or in the Aviator newsletter. Let us know if you’ve been to all 15 on the list!

Daedalian Headquarters and Museum
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
The next time you’re in San Antonio, stop by and visit the headquarters! Meet the staff and view all the wonderful historic items we have on display. Our collection is truly inspirational – we think you’ll agree!

EAA Aviation Museum
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
With a collection of more than 200 historic airplanes along with world-class galleries and displays, the EAA Aviation Museum is a year-round destination, combining the passion of aviation’s past with the promise of its exciting future.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
San Diego, California
This one-of-a-kind U.S. Marines aviation museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the contributions made by Marine Corps aviators and their ground support personnel.

Lone Star Flight Museum
Houston, Texas
The 30,000-square-foot facility houses the museum’s renowned flying collection of historic aircraft, a $1 million, high-tech Aviation Learning Center and dynamic hands-on exhibits. LSFM links an understanding of the past with inspiration for the future.

Military Aviation Museum
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world. Each plane has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition, using original parts whenever possible.

Museum of Aviation
Warner Robins, Georgia
Grown to become the 2nd largest museum in the U.S. Air Force and the 4th most visited museum in the Department of Defense. Honors veterans and their families and reminds Airmen of their legendary Air Force heritage.

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Pooler, Georgia
The museum’s mission is to preserve for all Americans the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present.

National Museum of the United States Air Force
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
Largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world. It was opened in 1923 and is the official museum of the U.S. Air Force. The museum houses around 360 aircraft and numerous missiles, making it one of the largest collections in the world.

National Naval Aviation Museum
Pensacola, Florida
World’s largest naval aviation museum. See more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation both inside the museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.

Pima Air and Space Museum
Pima, Arizona
You can meet the Starr Bumble Bee, world’s smallest biplane and the SR-71 Blackbird, world’s fastest spy plane. Pima museum is one of the largest privately funded aviation museums in the world, established in 1976. Spread over an area of 127 acres, the museum has a collection of over 300 aircrafts.

San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego, California
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum houses historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world, including a flight-worthy replica of Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” and the actual Apollo 9 Command Module.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Washington, D.C.
The world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. It operates two landmark facilities that, together, welcome more than 8 million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country.

The Museum of Flight
Seattle, Washington
With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind’s incredible history of flight to life.

U.S. Army Aviation Museum
Fort Rucker, Alabama
Features a collection of over 160 military aircraft, including one of the largest collections of military helicopters in the world. Approximately 50 beautifully restored, historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft, are displayed both inside the Museum’s 70,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on the grounds.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville, Alabama
Operated by the government of Alabama, showcasing rockets, achievements and artifacts of the U.S. space program. Astronaut Owen Garriott described it as, “a great way to learn about space in a town that has embraced the space program from the very beginning.”

At the Movies

According to Flying Magazine, these are the “16 Movies Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Love.” Want to know why? Read the article HERE.

The Right Stuff (1983)
Wings (1927)
Top Gun (1986)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
The Dam Busters (1955)
One Six Right (2005)
Memphis Belle (1990)
Airplane! (1980)
Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project (2014)
Air Force One (1997)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Apollo 13 (1995)
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
The Aviator (2004)
Hell’s Angels (1930)

By the way, The High and the Mighty was based on a book by Ernest K. Gann, who was an Honorary Member of the Daedalians inducted in 1990 until his death in 1991.

Daedalians should easily pass this quiz about aerodynamics knowledge.

Even if you lived in the tropics, how would you rate your cold weather flying skills?

See if you can answer a few questions about these flying oddities.

All these TV shows had aviators as part of their cast. Do you know of any other shows that belong on this list?

I Dream of Jeannie

The Bob Newhart Show


Call to Glory


Hogan’s Heroes

Baa Baa Black Sheep

12 O’Clock High

Magnum PI

Emerald Point NAS

Pensacola: Wings of Gold

Inspiring the next generation of aviators

Do you know a young person who dreams of becoming an astronaut? Have them check out this article from MSN Kids Science and Tech!

Cmdr. Theodore G. Ellyson

Theodore Gordon “Spuds” Ellyson was Naval Aviator No. 1, the first Navy officer to qualify as an airplane pilot. He also piloted an A-1 (later AH-1) during the Navy’s first attempt to launch an airplane by catapult in 1912, and later that year tested the Navy’s first C-1 flying boat.

Stay on top of the news

The Airpower Blog features news stories that impact military aviators from all the services. Whether it’s the latest weapons system, safety concerns, readiness or personnel issues, you can find these stories and more. Want the news delivered to your inbox? You can sign up to get a weekly Airpower Blog update.

BLUE: Episode 25: Pilot Pipeline

The Air Force’s pilot shortage is a complex issue. To get more pilots from the classroom to the cockpit, Airmen are using technology and processes in innovative ways. Take a journey through the pilot pipeline to see solutions Airmen have implemented in each stage of fighter pilot training.


Daedalian Photo Album

If you have a photo of yourself — either current or from “back in the day” — that you’d like to share on this page, please send it to Annette@Daedalians.org, with “Daedalian Photo Album” in the subject line.

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Reunions — celebrating camaraderie

Organizing a military reunion? Add it to our listing below! Just click on the + sign to see the upcoming events. To add your reunion to the list, email communications@Daedalians.org.


F-106 All Troops Reunion
April 3-7, 2019
Tucson, Arizona
POC: Bob Kwiecinski
Website: https://www.f-106deltadart.com/

41st MAS/ALS
May 9-11, 2019
Charleston AFB, South Carolina
POC: John Mentavlos
843-337-0515 or johnmentavlos@att.net

USAF UPT Class 70-07 50th Reunion
(Willie: Good Grief and Schatzi flights)
Sept. 5-7, 2019
Dubuque, Iowa
POC: Steve Hardie

Distinguished Flying Cross Society Biennial Reunion
Sept. 15-19, 2019
Dayton/Fairborn, Ohio
POC: Warren Eastman
weastman@dfcsociety.org or 760-985-2810

Daedalus Flyer

Programs Issue 2018
Also available in downloadable PDF.


December 2018 Issue

Heritage Snapshot

John A. Hilger, who would retire as a brigadier general in 1966, is shown as a flying cadet at Army Air Corps flying school in 1933. In 1942, he was assigned as deputy commander and pilot with the Doolittle Raiders, and participated in the April 18, 1942, raid on Tokyo. Learn more about him here.