Flight 30 May Luncheon
Hap Arnold Club
March Air Reserve Base, CA
TILT-ROTOR PART 1: THE HISTORY OF THE TILT ROTOR
Col Bowen is a fixed wing and helicopter pilot with13,700 hours flight time, with almost 13,000 hours of helicopter flight time. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps, active and reserve duty, from Oct 1982 until he retired in Oct 2007. He was a CH-46E pilot, Weapons and Tactics instructor, night systems instructor, mission commander, and squadron commander. He was commanding officer, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764 from Feb 2003 to Feb 2005. From Feb to Sep 2004 his squadron successfully combat deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) II. The squadron safely flew over 3,100 mishap free combat flight hours with over 2,800 at night. During OIF II, the squadron flew diversified missions ranging from special operations raids, combat static-line parachute operations, routine personnel and medevac transportation. Working under extreme austere conditions, the squadron completed all assigned combat missions and returned home with all 153 Marines and Sailors. From Jul 1990 to Dec 2008, Tony was a deputy sheriff and chief pilot for the Riverside County Sheriffs Aviation Unit. He was responsible for all Sheriffs Department flights, flight training and flight crew records. He conducted all high altitude mountain training plus long line and night vision goggle (NVG) training. He initiated the Sherriffs Department Search and Rescue Hoist program in 2001 and NVG program in 2003. Currently he is a part-time deputy and instructor pilot with the Riverside County Sheriffs Aviation Unit. As a part-time instructor, Tony assists with search and rescue, shift coverage, aircrew initial training, advanced training, and NVG flight instruction. Col Bowen is intimately qualified to talk about the history of the tilt rotor. Attend the luncheon for Part I of the tilt rotor history. As Paul Harvey used to say, and now for the rest of the story. The rest of the story, Part II, will be at the June luncheon.
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