G. Pat Macha Ride in the Ward Family P-51D Man O'War en route from Torrance Airport to Cable Airport on January 10, 2010.
Pat is an aircraft archaeologist that explores the local deserts and mountains for both old and new plane wrecks.
This program examines both military and civilian aviation accidents, most of which occurred here in California.
Stories include the discoveries of long missing aircraft, as well as cases that are still unresolved.
Pat will bring copies of Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of California 1909 – 2002 (now out of print), and the new book,
Historic Aircraft Accidents in San Bernardino County.
Tom Maloney (left) and Pat J. Macha The vertical stabilizer of Cessna 170B, N1391D following a grueling search effort on August 14, 2013. N1391D vanished with four persons on board on March 2, 1957, and it was not located until October 18, 1973.
This summer marks Pat's 50th year of researching, locating, and documenting aircraft wrecks in remote locations throughout California,
the western states, Canada, Alaska, Europe, and South America.
In his presentation Pat explains how he got started in this unusual endeavor that includes the goal of documenting every
crash site on open space lands within California.
His work also includes documenting undersea crash sites, and he is the founder of Project Remembrance that
helps facilitate next of kin visits to accident sites where loved ones were lost.
The placing of memorial markers and plaques is often an aspect of this activity.
Pat Macha's New Book The History Press release date is planned for early fall of 2013.
The Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles®
December 12, 2013 -
Ladies Night -
Kim McCoy - Freediving: Nexus of Liquid and Eternity
Kim McCoy’s driving passion for diving started at age 11.
It began with freediving, followed by competition level spearfishing and certification as a SCUBA diver age by 13.
For over 50 years Kim has assembled diverse diving related experiences in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Polar Oceans.
Kim’s experimental designs for world record level freediving spans 20+ years and have
provided independent certification of many successful (and unsuccessful) international freediving records.
The experiments carried out in the 1995 still remain (to date) the deepest openwater freediving medical experiments (107m) of electrocardiogram,
heart rate, blood shift and blood gases.
This continuing passion has not been without sorrow – compelled –
Kim was present for Audrey Mestre’s fatal dive to 170 meters in 2002,
for Herbert Nitsch’s ill-fated world record descent to 253 meters in 2012 and most recently,
as Nick Mevoli perished after his ascent from Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas in November 2013.
Professionally, Kim is an oceanographer with experience in scientific research and development -
the adventure includes: wave dynamics, turbulence in the universe, global warming studies, autonomous vehicle design for harsh coastal,
deepwater and Polar field operations.
Kim’s work and consulting activities span domestic and multinational academic, commercial, corporate, governmental and
Annual Christmas Party - Members and Invited Male Guests
Join us for the annual Christmas dinner at the Adventurers’ Club, our final event of 2013!
Joseph and the kitchen staff will be preparing a fabulous prime rib dinner and
we will be entertained by our own Sid Hallburn.
Sid has spent his entire career in show business as a song and dance man and
he has passed on his knowledge and show biz savvy to an exciting group of young entertainers
known collectively as the “Happy Old Guys and the Kids”.
Sid and his troupe appeared at the Christmas party four years ago when
the kids were still quite young.
These kids are now adolescents and have gone on to win over 60 awards and ribbons
since their last appearance here!
Come and celebrate the holidays with your fellow adventurers and
enjoy the camaraderie unique to our wonderful organization.
The cost of the dinner is $25.00 with a reservation.
Please call ASAP so we can get an accurate count for the kitchen.