AVG Reunion Dates

date location description
1952 Hollywood CA Roosevelt Hotel Awardee: Captain Russell J. Brown First American pilot to down a MIG, Korea
1954 New York  NY Waldorf Astoria Awardee: William B. Bridgeman Pioneer pilot on the X-3
1957 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: A.M.”Tex” Johnson First pilot to fly the Boeing 707. Miss Flying Tiger = Jane Mansfield
1958 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault Commander American Volunteer Group Flying Tigers
1959 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Major Walter W. Irwin World speed record in F-104, 1404 mph
1961 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA
1962 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Major Robert M. White First pilot to qualify as an astronaut in an airplane, X-15
1964 Taipei Taiwan ROC Host: Gen & Madam Chiang-kai-shek Grand Hotel
1965 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardees: Colonel Robert Stephens and Lt. Colonel Daniel Andre, Pilots of the YF-12A to new speed and altitude records
1966 Majorca Spain Son Vida Hotel and Resort Host: Joe Rosbert
1967 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Major General Charles R. Bond, Jr. 35-year career in military aviation from Ace fighter pilot in AVG to Commanding General
1969 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA
1971 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: William P. Lear, Aircraft and Electronics Pioneer
1972 San Diego CA Host: Dick Rossi Bahia Hotel
1973 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Lt. General Samuel C. Phillips, USAF Director, Apollo Manned Lunar Landing Program
1975 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Neil A. Armstrong, Astronaut First man on the moon, Commander of Apollo XI, the moon ship Miss Flying Tiger = Rhonda Fleming
1976 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA
1977 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: General Charles E. Yeager, USAF First man to beat the sound barrier and first to fly at twice the speed of sound
1978 Taipei Taiwan ROC.. Grand Hotel Hosted by Ambassador Konsin Shaw
1979 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Robert W. Prescott, Distinguished combat Ace fighter pilot in the AVG and pioneer in commercial air freight, founder of the Flying Tiger Airline
1981 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Robert A. Hoover, Foremost precision pilot, WWII combat pilot with more than 35 years of outstanding aviation achievements
1982 San Antonio TX Host: Tex Hill Alamo Hotel
1983 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: General James Doolittle, USAF A lifetime of pioneer contributions to aviation including the Doolittle Tokyo Raid
1984 Taipei Taiwan ROC Host: Ambassador Konson Shaw & Henry Lee, Grand Hotel
1985 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardee: Barry Goldwater USAF General and Senator Devoted a lifetime of service to his country and to military aviation
1987 San Diego CA Host Dick Rossi  Intercontinental Hotel, Awardee: Lt. Colonel Donald Rodewald, USAF First paraplegic to fly around the world solo in a single engine airplane
1989 Ojai Valley Inn & Resort CA Awardees: Richard G. Rutan & Jeana Yeager, Helped develop and build, then crewed the Voyager in the first nonstop, nonrefueled around-the-world flight
1990 Savannah GA Host: Chuck & Willa Baisden
1991 San Diego CA Host: Dick Rossi Veteran’s Status Awarded, Awardees: Paul Poberenzny, Founded the EAA with the world’s finest facility for Fly-ins
1992 San Antonio TX Host: Tex Hill Awardees: Brigadier General James Howard, USAFR Combat pilot and Ace who flew with the AVG, then later earned the Congressional Medal of Honor while flying for the 354th Fighter Group in England. Lieutenant General John P. Flynn, Distinguished fighter pilot with 84 military awards. Flynn was held as a POW in the “Hanoi HiIton” for over five years
1993 Scottsdale AZ Host: Dick Rossi
1994 Taipei Taiwan ROC & Chiang Mai Thailand Hosts Konson Shaw & Bob Bergin with HRH Virayudh Didysarin
1995 Beijing China PRC Host: Hu Jintao, President of China
1995 Portland OR (September) Hosts: Ken Jerenstedt & Rich Richardson
1996 Dallas TX  Awards Host :Gen. Charles Bond/ General Foggleman
1997 China PRC Host: Jeff Greene & General Renji Hua
1998 Midland, TX Confederate Air Force, AVG inducted into Hall of Fame
1999 Dayton Ohio National Aviation Hall of Fame, AVG inducted into Hall of Fame
1999 San Marcos TX Host: Gordon Johnson
2000 San Antonio TX Host: Tex Hill
2001 Seattle WA Host: Tom Reynolds
2003 San Diego CA Host: Lydia & Dick Rossi   Embassy Suites
2004 Orlando, FL Host Dick Rossi, Museum of Flight
2005 Grand Rapids MI Host: Frank Boring, Michigan Military Museum
2006 Washington DC Host: Tina Richardson
2007 Charleston SC Host: Schramm family   Holiday Inn
2008 San Antonio TX Host: Tripp Alyn
2009 Boston MA Hilton Boston Hosts: Dave Wingshee & Bob Poshefko
2010 Las Vegas NV Host:  Michelle Clouthier   Stratosphere Hotel
2011 Cleveland OH Hosts: Engle & Stiles families  Embassy Suites
2012 Columbus GA Host:  Losonsky Family Hilton Garden Inn
2013 Huntsville AL Host: Kim Quinn  Embassy Suites
2014 Dallas TX Host: Jack Bond  Intercontinental Hotel
2015 Tampa FL Host: Engle & Stiles families  Sheraton Suites
2016 Atlanta GA, DeKalb Peachtree(Sept) Host: AWW, Tripp Alyn, Lydia Rossi, Janet Alford, Lynda LeVan, David Wingshee, Terry Losonsky, Alan Armstrong
2017 Orlando FL, Hyatt Grand Host: Janet Alford