February 18, 2015
Lynn Hunt: My Brief Career as a Naval Aviator
Or Flying a Grumman Albatross from the USS Carl Vinson
About Our Guest Speaker
February’s guest speaker, Lynn Hunt, returns to the podium after a short absence to share another of his slightly embellished stories. In 1995 Lynn received an invitation to possibly the largest party ever held. The invitation was from the US Navy and the location was Hawaii. In July his transportation arrived in the form of a nuclear aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson CVN-70. His presentation, "My Brief Career as a Naval Aviator", recounts the events that led to him flying his Grumman HU-16 Albatross ("911", also known as "Proud Mary") off of a pitching carrier deck and a week-long series of events. Plan to come and hear how Lynn and a group of civilian aviators were given command of a carrier and invited to fly their private aircraft into the history books.
About Lynn Hunt
Lynn was born and raised in Santa Rosa and grew up around aviation. It was being the son of a WWII B-25 pilot that gave Lynn what he calls his defective (aviation) gene. A founding member and multi-term President of the Pacific Coast Air Museum, Lynn has two sons, Dana and Aaron who have also retained that special gene that ties them to flying, the Albatross and PCAM. Lynn was also part owner of Aerocrafters Inc., a vintage-aircraft restoration company formerly located at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.
Location:Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA
Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street a couple hundred yards past the museum.