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Chile wpe1A9.jpg (1223 bytes) Con 2006

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Speakers - Seminars - Displays


As of: May 1, 2006

Speakers & Seminar Schedule Times are currently:

Friday 4 - 7 PM (3 sessions)

Saturday 10 AM - 12 Noon and 1 - 4 PM (5 sessions)

Note - Topics listed below with no presenter are tentative and subject to change.

Session I-A - Friday 4:00 - 4:50 PM

Scratch Building Techniques  -  Mr. Dave Straub

Session I-B - Friday 5:00 - 5:50 PM

Home Made Decals  -  Mr. Jack Morris

Session I-C - Friday 6:00 - 6:50 PM

Hand Brushing Techniques  -  Mr. John Tate

Session II-A - Saturday 10:00 - 10:50 AM

Bataan Remembrances -  Mr. Ernest Montoya

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Session II-B - Saturday 11:00 - 11:50 AM

WW II Fighter Pilot Symposium  -  Mr. Bob Lawrence and Mr. Jim Stark

- Bob Lawrence, P-51 pilot who flew with the 301 Fighter Squadron, 332 Fighter Group "Red Tails", Tuskegee Airmen, in Italy in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO)..

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332 Fighter Group

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301 Fighter Squadron

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-  Jim Starks, P-38 pilot who flew with the 429 Fighter Squadron, 474 Fighter Group, 9 Air Force, in the European Theater of Operations (ETO).

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429 Fighter Squadron

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474 Fighter Group

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- Note:  Mr. Ralph Hanks is unable to attend Chile Con 2006.

Session II-C - Saturday 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Flying the SR-71 Blackbird  -  Colonel Gil Martinez and Colonel Donn Byrnes

- Colonel Gilbert Martinez, SR-71 Reconnaissance Systems Officer (RSO)
- Colonel Donn Byrnes, author of "Blackbird Rising"

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Col Gilbert Martinez

Col Donn A. Byrnes

"Blackbird Rising"

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Biographical information on Col Byrnes can be found at:

Some excellent SR-71 sites are at:

Session II-D - Saturday 2:00 - 2:50 PM

Tinian Nose Art  -  Mr. Hal Olsen

- Mr. Hal Olsen. Artist who did many of the outstanding examples of aircraft nose art on Tinian-based PB4Y Liberators/Privateers and B-29 Superforts.  

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Hal Olsen was a US Navy Auto-pilot Specialist assigned to Instrument Trailer Group ITG-31, part of CASU-44 (Carrier, Aircraft Service Unit). Before leaving the USA for assignment in the southwest Pacific, Olsen stocked up with oil paints and brushes. He had a mind to paint the exotic landscapes of the Pacific islands but the reality of the war-torn, shell blasted islands of the Marianas differed from his expectations. Shortly after his arrival on Tinian, a Japanese attack destroyed the Navy's paint store and with it the stock of paint used by the resident painter of nose art on the many bombers based on the island. Olsen took the opportunity to take over this role, and was in fact assisted initially by the now-redundant artist.

Perched on an oil drum, Olsen chalked out a grid onto the side of the plane and, using a calendar pin-up for reference, drew up a life-size replica. His reputation was soon established and, when new units arrived, Hal Olsen quickly found a queue of anxious crews awaiting his artwork services. Almost all of his off-duty hours were taken up with supplying the increasing demand with each painting taking about 4 hours to complete. His schedule became so hectic that the paint for flesh tones had to be pre-mixed by the gallon. Most of his work embellished the PB4Y-1 (the US Navy's version of the B24) and then the later PB4Y-2 (single-finned) Privateers of VPB-102, VPB-108, VPB-116 and VPB-121. He also painted at least one B-29 Superfort which was named as "Up-an-Atom".

After the war, Olsen studied art at the Boston School of Fine Arts before becoming a technical illustrator at the Los Alamos Laboratory. In 1948, one of Olsen's nose art paintings was featured in the January issue of "National Geographic" -- the journal's very first full color edition.


Examples of Mr. Olsen's fantastic nose art can be seen at the following web sites:

Session II-E - Saturday 3:00 - 3:50 PM

Airbrushing Techniques  -  Mr. Tom Grossman

Book Signings

Doug Dildy

Co-Author of "F-16 Fighting Falcon Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom"

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Hal Olsen

Nose Art featured in "Fighting Colors"

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Book signings conducted at the Hobbies 'n Stuff Vendors table

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New Mexico Military Vehicle Preservation Association Display

The New Mexico Military Vehicle Preservation Association will have static displays of their vehicles at Chile Con 2006, and will allow supervised photography of the vehicles. The following is a tentative list of vehicles that may be on display.  Note that due to possible mechanical difficulties, this list could change: 
   WW2 ear Harley Davidson motorcycle 
   M-18 Hellcat GMC Tank Destroyer 
   M-16A1 anti-aircraft half-track 
   M3A1 half-track 
   1/4 Ton Truck 
   Two different M-37's 
   2-1/2 ton truck M135 
   WC-27 Ambulance 
   WC 51 
   WC 63 
   German 20mm flakverlion 
   Two Submarine trailer support vehicles     

For further information on the New Mexico Military Vehicle Preservation Association, visit their website at:

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