February 24 (Sat) 12:00pm Operations out of Alameda Naval Air Station, Beale Air Force Base & More!

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

Max Bransconmb, retired Navy pilot and instructor will recount his experiences in California and noteworthy facts about Alameda Naval Air Station, Travis, Castle, Crows Landing and Beale Air Force Base. NAS Alameda was a maintenance and training base for fleet aircraft units.  Crow’s landing was an auxiliary field for The Naval Postgraduate School Pilots doing proficiency flying from Monterey Muni.


He will discuss his experiences and learnings while in the Navy P2V squadron. Later, when he was in other units, such as the S-2, US-2B, or C1A aircraft, he couldn’t go safely from San Diego to Whidbey (especially IFR) without a fuel stop and they needed to stop at Castle AFB and Beale AFB. Travis AFB according to Max was always merely a passenger drop and pickup for a squadron person or a VIP military person going to or arriving from overseas.  

Max will weave all his experience and training into something that general aviation pilot will find interesting and instructional. This seminar will make your California flying much more interesting after having this personal connection to history, and is a unique opportunity not to miss.

Max Branscomb graduated from the U.S. Navy Flight Training Command at Pensacola, FL and Hutchinson, KS in 1957 and was a pilot for 22 years of his active duty service, completing his last tour of duty with the JCS in the Pentagon in Washington DC.  Max served in two P2V Squadrons during the Cold War: over the Sea of Japan and the Soviet Coast, and a winter deployment to Alaska as well as another P2V tour at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam in 1967-68, and aboard two carriers as ship’s company: USS Hornet (CVS-12) and USS Constellation (CVA 64): flying the ship’s C1A Carrier onboard delivery Aircraft (COD).  He served as a staff officer on two Flag Officer staffs, attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and the U.S. Air force War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He received a Master’s Degree from Auburn Univ.  He served a three-year tour as a flight instructor in Advanced Training of All-Weather, Instrument, Navy and Marine pilots at Pensacola.  Max retired from the Navy in 1978, moved to San Mateo County and worked in Corporate Management in real estate-related companies until retiring in 2013.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

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