Fri 11:00
Location: Aurora Hills Tin Cup Bar and Grill

Regularly Scheduled Meetings

Calendar 3021ee53eb8c5518bc6baee9c6f8259d720dd4fd7e67c7202265d077038f350b Mile High Flt 18 luncheon meet
3d Fri of each mo (except Dec)
11:00 AM - (Dec times TBA) at Aurora Hills Golf Course (elsewhere May and Aug)
Contact us for more information
Welcome to Mile High Flight # 18!

Established on Independence Day 1965, Mile High Flight 18 maintains close ties with and supports the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing and 120th Fighter Squadron (F-16s) at Buckley AFB in Aurora. Flight 18 meets 12 months a year, usually for lunch on the third Friday of the month. Exceptions are in August when we gather at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum at the former Lowry AFB, and in December when we hold a Christmas dinner party at a date and location determined during calendar year of the party. We publish a quarterly newsletter in Feb, May, Aug and Nov which includes an updated Flight Schedule and is posted on our Apollo Newsletter page under the “News” tab. We also maintain a Caller/Call Tree system for notifying Flight members about upcoming events.

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Lt Col (USAFR, Ret) Stephen W. Pahs (1928 - 2018)
Born 08 June, 1928 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado to Stephen [Sr.] and Helen Pahs. Steve grew up in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School in 1946. Through the caring intervention and encouragement of one of his most beloved teachers—Sister Trez Martin, Steve applied to and was accepted at the US Merchant Marine Academy [USMMA] in Kings Point, New York. His maritime training began in San Mateo, California and during his second year he was assigned as a Midshipman to the destroyer tender USS SIERRA, where Steve realized his love of travel and experiencing other cultures with port calls in Fiji Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Steve graduated from the USMMA in 1950 [Class 50A] at the Rank of Ensign with a Bachelor’s of Science and accepted a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant with the US Air Force; he attended flight training at Goodland Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, and followed on training at Reese AFB, graduating flight school with Class 52A; ultimately earning his “aircraft commander” rating Mather AFB in California in TB-50s. In 1953, Steve had earned a billet as an “instructor pilot” [IP] for B-47s at McConnell AFB. In 1955, he transferred from active duty to the Colorado Air National Guard [ANG] at Buckley ANG Base, where he flew the F-80, F-86 D & L variants and later the F-100C Super Sabre. The same year, Steve transferred to the ANG. He was hired as pilot for United Air Lines—ultimately flying for 33 years—retiring in 1988. He made Captain in 1969; and his long and enjoyable career took him all over the United States to include Hawaii. He flew every aircraft in the company’s inventory: DC-6s, DC-7s, DC-8s, DC-10s; Boeing 727s, 737s and 747s; he was the “left seater” [Captain/aircraft commander] on all airframes save for the Boeing 747 which he only flew briefly. He retired as a veteran “left seater” on DC-10s. Steve married Mary Jo Martin of Winterset, Iowa in 1970 and fathered one son—David. He integrated his love for numerous hobbies with his family life: repairing and driving classic cars; camping, hunting, fishing, and shooting skeet and trap. Steve enjoyed competitive indoor pistol shooting, coin collecting, and photography. Steve was an active and passionate member of multiple clubs, organizations and historical societies; most notably the Daedalians, Denver Posse of the Westerners Society, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Railroad Club and both the Moose and Elks Clubs. He and his family traveled extensively throughout the western United States visiting historical sites, re-enactments and living history museums. Soon after his retirement from United Airlines and the Air National Guard, Steve and his wife traveled throughout Europe to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Austria. Steve is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Jo, and his son, David Stephen Pahs. David is a Lieutenant Commander in US Navy; and is married to Jerian Betar of Altoona, Pennsylvania; they have four children: Catherine 18, Elizabeth 16, Martin 13 and Sophia 12.

Steve’s family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, some may wish to donate to the United States Merchant Marine Academy [Steve’s his alma mater].

Services for Steve took place at the Olinger Hampden Mortuary & Cemetery

8600 East Hampden Ave in Denver. Regretfully, we learned this information after the fact.

RIP, Steve. Blue skies and tailwinds.
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Col (USAF, Ret) PAUL W. MAUL (1928 - 2018)

Paul Wayne Maul

1928 – 2018

Paul Wayne Maul passed away peacefully on February 19, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was a kind, gentle and humble man who deeply loved his country, his family, and his God. Many friends, family members and colleagues say that Paul was the best man they have ever known.

Paul was born July 19, 1928, in Anderson, Indiana of parents, Paul T. Maul and Paulene (Wiley) Maul. Paul grew up in Anderson and graduated from high school in 1946. He attended college at Indiana University, where he lettered in Cross country and earned a BA in Journalism and English in 1950. While in school, he married his high school sweetheart, Oleda Mills. His later education included an MS in International Affairs in 1968 from George Washington University, and an MBA from the University of Nebraska in 1983. He was a prolific student of American history his entire life as witnessed by his large library of writings from Thomas Paine to Ron Chernow.

Paul received his commission into the Air Force in 1950, whereupon he began a 30-year career, which took him to 16 bases throughout the world for permanent assignment. Paul completed pilot training in the B-29 in 1952, where shortly thereafter he flew combat missions in the Korean War in the KB-29. Once the war ended, he flew the B-47 and served on alert at Homestead Florida during the Cuban Missile crisis, followed by 3000 hours flying the B-52, and finally, the EB-66 with which he flew 102 combat missions out of Takhli AB, Thailand, in 1968-69 during the Vietnam conflict. He served as the Wing Commander with the 99th Bombardment Wing at Westover AFB, Mass in 1973 and the 509th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB, New Hampshire.

He ended his military career serving as the Deputy Director, Command and Control Head Quarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska in 1977, where he retired as a full Colonel with over 6,000 pilot hours. Paul loved his time in the service and kept in contact with scores of his old buddies throughout the rest of his life. One of them from his EB-66 days, who is now a renowned author of Air Force history in this country recently wrote: “He was one of the best pilots I ever knew”.
Paul was a command pilot who earned military awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster; The Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded during combat in 1969; the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters; the Bronze Star; and the Meritorious Service Medal.

After leaving active duty, Paul served as a Corporate Manager with General Dynamics Corporation before his “final” retirement in 1993. During that time, he worked in both Omaha and Alexandria, Virginia on the first generation of cruise and Tomahawk missiles.

Paul married Ruth Anne Holmes in 1988, and settled in Castle Rock, Colorado in 1998; where he spent much time volunteering in various capacities, and serving as treasurer, and head of the Finance Committee of First United Methodist Church in Castle Rock, Colorado. He and Anne were very committed Christians who lived and breathed the teachings of Jesus Christ, and were known throughout the faith community for their selfless and humble help of others; whether it was reaching out with a kind word in time of need, or bundling up in a snowstorm to pick up, and deliver the hurting or disabled to Sunday services.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Phyllis Kay (Maul) McCallister. He is survived by his loving wife, Anne; his daughters from Colorado Springs, Michele Betts-Schultz (husband Al), Suzanne Miller (husband G. David); step-children, Kristi Grace (Vicki) of Larkspur, Trent Grace (Suzanne) of Bridgton ME, Courtney Grace (Ronda) of Merrimack, NH. He had 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

He was a Life Member of The Order of Daedalians and of Mile High Flight 18.

Memorial Services with appropriate military honors were held at First United Methodist Church Castle Rock, Colorado on April 7, 2018.