Caribou Association

The 2008 Reunion


Please note!!  Although the May newsletter did not make it clear, the reunion registration form will be included with the reunion flyer that will be mailed out in June.  Everyone on the Roster will get a copy!


A complete description of the planned events and all kinds of transportation information can be found in the master information document.  (Opens in a new window and can be saved to your machine or printed.)



Advance Information
September 29th thru October 2nd
Dayton, Ohio

Reunion 2008 in Dayton will provide the usual opportunity to reminisce with friends of yesteryear, take you on an aviation history tour keyed to the Wright Brothers, acquaint you with Dayton history and serve your banquet in a poignant museum setting that you are unlikely to experience again.

Reunion central is the Hope Hotel and Conference Center located just outside gate 12A at Wright-Patterson AFB. The Hotel’s web site is Telephone and Fax numbers are (937) 879-2696 and (937) 878-8731, respectively.

Our reunion registration desk and War Room open at noon on Mon (9/29) with hotel check-in after 3 pm. You’ll enjoy a deli buffet that evening in the War Room. Tue (9/30) is aviation and Dayton history day. After coffee, juice and Danish, we board busses early to tour the Wright-Dunbar Center and Carillon Park in Dayton. After lunch, it’s on to the Wright Brothers Interpretive Center, the Wright Brothers Memorial and, finally, Huffman Prairie which are all adjacent to WPAFB. Dinner that evening is back at our hotel.

On Wed (10/1), we visit the world class National Museum of the United States Air Force for a specially arranged behind-the scenes tour of the museum’s restoration area. The main attraction here is work on the Memphis Belle, the first B-17 to complete twenty-five bombing missions over Germany in WW II. This tour will accommodate only 100 persons (probably the first 100 guys who register) so we also offer a ladies’ shopping tour and regular museum tours while the restoration area tour is ongoing. Lunch that day is Dutch treat either on the shopping tour or in the museum’s cafeteria. Our repast that evening will consist of Octoberfest fare at the Wright-Patt Club.

On Thur (10/2), there is a morning business meeting for the guys and a tour of the museum’s Presidential Aircraft (FDR, HST, DDE and JFK) for the gals. Then we’ll have afternoon and evening events that will provide Caribou memories for a lifetime. First, we’ll attend a solemn museum ceremony to dedicate – in memory of our fallen comrades – the Association’s recently installed granite bench followed by group photos. After the museum closes to the public at 5 pm, we’ll have private access to the museum’s foyer and adjacent gift shop until
6 pm when we’ll enjoy a social hour around the museum’s Caribou which will be open for viewing. At 7 pm we’ll gather only a few feet away for our reunion banquet in the museum’s signature, Under-the-Wings setting.

The War Room will be stocked with refreshments and open except during tour times. Coffee, juice and Danish will be served in the War Room on Tuesday thru Friday mornings consistent with tour schedules. One important reminder: Please carry a photo ID. The restoration and Presidential Aircraft tours take us onto WPAFB as does the Club meal on Wed. For all three, there will be an ID check either by tour leaders or by WPAFB gate guards.

Some planning for the foregoing is still a work in progress and could change, … but not by much. See you in Dayton!


13 Jan 2009 06:06 PM

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