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Regularly Scheduled Meetings
We are named in honor of the four Flying Stinsons, Katherine, Eddie, Margaret and Jack, all pioneer flyers who were nationally famous before and during WWI.
The Flight normally meets the last Tuesday of every month except July and November. We also honor Lt Benjamin Foulois each March. He made the first all-military flight in 1910 at Fort Sam Houston. Finally we honor our Founders and the Wright Bros each December at Stinson Municipal Airport, the second oldest airport in the country.
Daedalians Local Programs
The Stinsons Flight provides college scholarships to potential military aviators. The Flight also recognizes top talent in local military aviation with the annual Crane and Eubank Awards. Jointly with the Daedalian Foundation, the Flight also conducts a Cadet Flight Indoctrination Program (CFIP) which endeavors to solo high school students who demonstrate an interest in military aviation careers.
The Stinsons Flight maintains a memorial at Stinson Airport and conducts ceremonies there each December to honor the Stinsons, the Founding Members of the Order of Daedalians, and the first flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903. The Flight also commemorates the 1910 flights of First Lieutenant Benjamin Foulois at Fort Sam Houston’s Macarthur Field in an annual ceremony on or about 2 March each year.
History of the Stinsons Flight
The Flight is named for the four Flying Stinsons who played an important role in aviation history in San Antonio before and during World War I. Katherine, Eddie, Marjorie and Jack are all enshrined in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. The Stinsons Flight was chartered in 1964 by Colonel Carl Crane, USAF (Retired), and a group of Founder Members. Col Crane was the first in a long line of Flight Captains of Stinsons Flight, and it has grown to become the largest in the Order of Daedalians with 400+ members.
To join Stinsons Flight, please see fill out the application here: Stinsons Flight Application. Membership to join the Stinsons Chapter is $20 per year. Please make your check payable to “Stinsons Flight #2” and mail the application and check to Stinsons Flight #2; P.O. Box 121, Randolph AFB TX 78148. The first year only please add $5 for incoming processing.
FLIGHT LIFE RATES
35 and under 395
36 – 40 370
41 – 45 350
46 – 50 330
51 – 55 300
56 – 60 265
61 – 65 230
66 – 70 190
71 – 75 155
76 – 80 130
81 and over 110
Stinsons Flight Life Memberships may be obtained only by Life Members of the Order of Daedalians. They may be purchased on the installment plan by an initial payment of $30 with balance due within one year. Flight Life memberships are irrevocable.
June 20, 1929 – November 7, 2017
Col. Charles “Pancho” Villa, USAF (Ret.), passed away peacefully at his home on November 7, 2017, at the age of 88. He was predeceased by his parents, Maria and Nick Villa; his brother, Henry Villa (Leona, also deceased); his sister, Gloria Villa Cadena; and his favorite brother-in-law, Carlos Cadena.
Born and raised in San Antonio, he graduated from Jefferson HS. After a brief stint in the U.S. Army, he was accepted for USAF Cadet Pilot Training and was awarded his wings and commission in September 1951. Pancho flew many of the early jet aircraft, including the F-84 fighter bomber during the Korean War. As a Command Pilot, he served in various air defense and tactical fighter squadrons and in 1965, he served a tour of duty as Air Liaison / Forward Air Controller during the Vietnam War. During his flying career, he flew a total of 236 combat missions and was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, among many other awards for meritorious service.
Pancho served his country for more than 30 years, and his diverse career also included tours of duty as USAF Section Chief – US MILGP [Montevideo, Uruguay], Commandant of the Inter- American Air Force Academy (IAFFA) [Panama C.Z.], and Defense & Air Attaché with the U.S. Embassy [Mexico D.F.]. During his years in Latin America, he grew to love the ballads, cantandos and corridos revolucionarios of the region (a/k/a “Dad’s Blasters”) and he always appreciated how his varied career gave him the opportunity to see the world and to make many lifelong friends along the way.
He received his B.A. from Syracuse University in 1960, was a graduate of the Inter-American Defense College in Washington D.C., a Life Member of the Order of Daedalians [National Fraternal Order of Military Aviators], and a longtime member of The Petroleum Club of San Antonio.
Pancho is survived by Joan M. Villa, his wife of over 57 years; his daughter MaryAnn Villa; his daughter Marguerite Waldroup and son-in-law, David Waldroup; his son Charles N. Villa and daughter-in-law Valerie Anderson Villa; his brother, Richard Villa (Rose), his half siblings, Fernando Villa (Lupe) and Carmen Madla, and he thoroughly enjoyed his role as Uncle to his numerous beloved nieces & nephews and their children. He felt very blessed to have had such a long and complete life.
A Graveside Service was held on November 16, 2017 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery where he was buried with full USAF Military Honors. The service was presided over by his nephew, Father Richard Villa.Condolence may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Disabled American Veterans, The Salvation Army, or the charity of your choice.
Published in Express-News on Nov. 12, 2017