There were approximately 6000 individuals who were trained as glider pilots during WWII for one-way missions into enemy territory. Sylvan Ralph Lucier was one of these brave men, and was killed in the line of duty during a training accident. This website collects his family's research on his life and death.

Friday, September 05, 2014

44th Annual Reunion, National World War II Glider Pilots Association



WHAT:     The 44th Annual Reunion 
WHO:       National World War II Glider Pilot Association with Troop Carrier Associates, 
                 families and friends of veterans
WHEN:    October 2-4, 2014
WHERE:  To be held at Crowne Plaze Hotel (I-494 & 34th Avenue South) Bloomington, MN near
                  the Mall of America and the Minneapolis International Airport.  Free Shuttle service.
COST:       $30 Registration. Dinner: 10/2 & 10/3 are each $33; Banquet 10/4: $36.
                  Bus to Museum & Lunch: $25.
HOW:       Contact George Theis: 719-338-6487 or
                  Check web page:

                                                           SPECIAL EVENTS:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2:  The Hospitality Room is the place throughout the day for conversations, refreshments and viewing collections. A meeting is held in the afternoon. The banquet each evening opens at 6:30pm and requires registration.   
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3:   (1) Scott Glover, owner of Mid America Flight Museum,
and his friend Cowden Ward are bringing two famous war birds to the Golden Wings Museum for rides: C-60 Lockheeed Lodestar for free rides and a P-51 for veterans. A bus will bring folks from the hotel. $25 registration with lunch.
                                         (2) While you wait for a Lodestar ride, visit the Golden Wings Flying Museum, the world's largest living history private collection with 43 unique and one of a kind aircraft from the 1920s and 1930s. This is private museum is located at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine Minnesota but the general public is invited that day to meet the  pilots and other WWII  veterans.

SATURDAY,  OCTOBER 4: The banquet is really a special event with tables of family groups, Troop Carrier members, historian sorts and in recent years, young aviation researchers. The speaker is Capt. James Johns, USA (Ret.) who is a restoration expert. He recently restored a CG-4A glider now at the Fagen WWII Fighter's Museum in Granite Falls, MN. (See photographs and story earlier on this blog.) 
SUNDAY:  Interested persons might collaborate on a 250 mile round trip to see the CG 4-A glider at Granite Falls, MN.

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