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Announcement from Flight 51
Posted by Kyle REICHERT 07 Apr 2018

We honor and welcome Mrs. Nell Chennault Calloway as our first “Friend of the Flight.” She was our guest speaker at our dinner on 15 March 2018. She is the CEO of the Chennault Museum, located on the Monroe Regional Airport, Monroe, Louisiana. Her presentation covered the life of her Grandfather, Major General Claire Chennault during the time he was in China, prior to and during WWII.

Major General Chennault began with the Flying Tigers which at the time were not a part of the Army Air Corps, but were the 1st Aviation Volunteer Group, from 1937 until 1942. During this time, they flew what amounted to surplus P40 Tomahawks in combat operations against the Japanese forces who had invaded China. In 1942 the Army Air Corps took operational control and they became a part of 14th Air Force, with General Chennault as the Commander, for the remainder of the war until 1945.

During the Q&A following her presentation, BGen Peyton Cole (Ret), former 2BW Commander, identified the location of quarters on Barksdale where Claire Chennault had lived in 1936 when he was the executive officer of the 20th Pursuit Group. Further when the streets on Barksdale were renamed from letters & numbers to names of Air Force leaders, one of the streets where the Chennault’s quarters were located was renamed Chennault!

After her presentation, Nell was presented the coveted “Speakers Cup.” For her work in preserving aviation heritage and educating a future generation of military pilots she was awarded the first “Friend of The Flight” certificate, by Flight Captain, Major Kyle Reichert. The 51st Flight renewed a corporate membership with a $500 donation to the Chennault Museum. The 51st Flight looks to continue a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Chennault family and the Chennault Museum (www.chennaultmuseum.org).

For Mrs. Chennault Calloway’s work in preserving aviation heritage and educating a future generation of military pilots she was awarded the first “Friend of The Flight” certificate, by Flight Captain, Major Kyle Reichert. The 51st Flight renewed a corporate membership with a $500 donation to the Chennault Museum. The 51st Flight looks to continue a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Chennault family and the Chennault Museum (www.chennaultmuseum.org).