22 April 2017, Minden, Nevada
Executive Director TD Barnes and Roger Anderson were guests of the Sports Aviation Foundation at its annual banquet at the Carson Valley Inn, Minden, Nevada for an excellent buffet, and an evening of recognizing local sailplane aviators attending Wave Camp 2017. Minden Airport Manager Robbie Thompson reported on Wave Camp. Laurie Harden of Soaring NV told how the tow planes worked nonstop lifting the gliders and releasing them to soar over the beautiful Sierra-Nevada Mountains, riding the atmospheric phenomena known as mountain waves over the Carson Valley near Tahoe. Laurie also discussed the youth education/YAA and a number of young boys and girls received scholarships and recognition.
The evening sparked with humor and captivated interest with former CIA pilot as retired Air Force Lt Col Frank Murray gave a presentation of the Mach 3 A-12 spy plane that he flew at Area 51 during the CIA's Project OXCART and operationally over North Vietnam and North Korea for the CIA during Operation BLACKSHIELD.
Frank Murray was enshrined in the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012. Barnes is currently the Executive Director of NVAHOF. Andersen and Chris Johnson, the Operations Supervisor at the Minden Airport are newly appointed Director of NVAHOF. Lt. Col. Roger Andersen and Barnes worked with Murray on the above-mentioned projects at Area 51. Barnes is also the current president of Roadrunners Internationale, an association of the participants at Area 51 in the CIA activities. Andersen and Murray are former presidents of the Roadrunners.