The Order of Daedalians was established in 1934 at Maxwell Air Force Base to honor World War I pilots: the first to participate in aerial combat in the service of the United States during a time of war. Founders’ Flight #1 continues this legacy of service by providing a forum to connect military pilots of all eras and by serving the local aviation community through its scholarship and award programs.
Founders’ Flight usually meets on the third Thursday of the month from August to May at Maxwell AFB and at other venues around the River Region of Central Alabama. If you would like information on Founders Flight, please contact the flight via email: email@example.com
Lt. Col. (Ret) John (Jack) Callahan Badenhop died on his 93rd birthday after a short illness. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 14, 1924. After graduating high school he joined the army in 1942, and became a pilot during World War II. After leaving the service he graduated from Seton Hall University and a graduate degree from New York University in Physical Therapy. He was recalled into the Air Force during the Korean War and served in Viet Nam. He retired from Maxwell AFB in 1974 after serving his country for 31 years. After retirement he formed the Physical Therapy department at St. Margaret’s Hospital. After leaving there he practiced Home Health until he was 87 and finally retired.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marie Badenhop, son John Leslie Badenhop, daughter Robin Cowden Phillips, and grandson John Jeffrey ( Kayla) Cowden and great granddaughter Aly.