BOARD MEMBERS - as of March 2009
(affiliations cited solely for identification - no endorsement implied)

Sean Tavares      • T. Sean TAVARES, San Antonio, Texas. President, Board of Trustees World War I Aeroplanes, Inc. (elected February 2009); Trustee since May, 2008; member since 1979. Contributing columnist for Models column of WWI Aero. Earned Private Pilot Certificate in 1999. Active aeromodeler with interest in pre-1940 aviation since childhood. Memberships in several aviation and aeromodeling organizations including EAA Vintage Airplane Association , AOPA, Over the Front, Cross & Cockade International, Great War Aeroplanes Association, Brodhead Pietenpol Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics, and Flying Aces Club. Memberships in professional societies include American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Employed in the Fluids Engineering Department of an internationally renowned independent research laboratory; holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering with specialization in Aerodynamics.
Tom Polapink      • Tom POLAPINK, Board Secretary and Acting Treasurer World War 1 AEROPLANES, Inc.; formerly Museum Director, Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, (1999-2003), Rhinebeck, N.Y.; formerly columnist for R/C Scale International and Scale R/C Modeler Magazines (1996-2005); author of numerous articles for Model Airplane News, Flying Models, R/C Modeler and other model magazines (1983-present); Contributing Editor WW1 AERO - Models Section (2004-present); Organizer of Annual Cole and Rita Palen Memorial Free-Flight Meets; Member: Long Island Early Fliers Club, Long Island Skyhawks, A.M.A.; twenty-five years Product & Tooling Design & Development for Electrical Equipment Manufacturer
Gregory Alegi      • Gregory ALEGI, Italy, Preeminent historian Italian Aviation, formerly Curator, Museo Aeronautico Caproni a Trento, Trento, Italy; author and co-author of numerous aviation history books, including “ABOVE THE WAR FRONTS: A Complete Record of the British Two-seater Bomber Pilot and Observer Aces, the British Two-seater Fighter Observer Aces, and the Belgian, Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Fighter Aces, 1914-1918” and Windsock Datafiles publications on Hanriot HD.1 and HD.2 Monoplanes, Bleriot XI Monoplane, Ansaldo A.1 Balilla Biplane, SIA 7B Biplane, Caproni Ca.3 and Caproni Ca.4 Biplanes, and Lohner TI/Macchi L1 Flying Boat; Aerospace History Professor at the Italian Air Force Academy; past President of European Aviation Preservation Council
Jim Bruton      • Jim BRUTON is fascinated by many of the periods of history characterized by rebirth, experimentation, expedition and discovery - with a special love for the pioneering days ofearly 20th Century aviation. With a friend, he is building a 1913 Fokker Spinne III and is in the final stages of construction of a Ron Sands Fokker Triplane. "It's tricky, building reproduction aircraft, you want them to look as much the part as possible, but there is a certain grounding pragmatism to my dreams of flight". Jim loves bringing people together- those who want to build with those who have the well-honed skills and those who have always wondered with those who have been there and back. It is his deepest pleasure to serve this venerable organization and its long-standing mission of connecting people to the magic of early aviation.
Carroll Gray      • Carroll F. GRAY, twenty-five years experience with not-for-profit corporations and foundations, in fundraising and grant writing and grants management, in planning, operation, agency and foundation management (as board member and board chair, program director, executive director and chief operating officer) and organizational capacity building; Pioneer-Era aviation historian; biographer of Exhibition Era aviator Lincoln Beachey; author of numerous aviation history articles; President Southern California Wing OX5 Aviation Pioneers and Historians; aviation script consultant and fact-checker WGBH Boston PBS; Member 1910 Los Angeles Aviation Meet Centennial Committee; Member Advisory Task Force Dominguez Adobe 1910 Los Angeles Aviation Meet Exhibit; currently Editor, WW1 AERO
Ted Sacher      • Ted SACHER, formerly USAF Crew Chief RF-4C and FB-111B aircraft; Western Front Association and League of WW1 Aviation Historians; winner 1996 Thornton D. Hooper Award for Editorial Excellence; internationally noted aviation writer and photographer; Award of Recognition for Photography - Delaware State House of Representatives; airshow announcer; WW1 aviation guest speaker and consultant; Member: Experimental Aircraft Association, Vintage Airplane, Cross and Cockade, The First World War Aviation Society, The Western Front Association


Previous Board Members:

Wally Batter - January 1980 - December 1982 Canadian - Drew early covers - Modeling section

Sandra Opdycke - January 1983 - December 1984

Gordon Bainbridge - Pilot - Restored Aircraft for Cole Palen January 1983 - December 1984 - Died 1993

James L. Shanahan - January 1985 - December 1985

Edward L. Peck - January 1986 - December 1986

David A. Anderton - Author - April 1987 - Date January 1989

Roland Bliss - January 1989 - December 2000

Jack Bruce - Author - Profiles/Datafiles - January 1987 - Died 25 May 2002

Peter M. Bowers - Author - January 1987 - Died 27 April 2003

Robert Mikesh - Author - NASM Sr. Curator Aircraft Restoration April 1993 - July 2004 - Resigned due to family needs

Lou Buffardi - Author - Modeler - July 1999 - July 2004 Resigned as Model Editor for WW1 Aero, continues with Skyways

Philip Jarrett - Author - October 2002 - July 2005 - Resigned

Bruce Vander Mark - October 2002 - October 2005 - Resigned

Peter Grosz - Author - Datafiles - January 1987 - Died 29 September 2006

Hal Andrews - Author - July 1990 - Died 15 May 2007

August G. Blume - Author - October 2005 - Resigned 30 August 2007

Josh Stoff - Author, Curator, Resigned August 2007

Paul R. Hare - Author - ca. 1979 - Resigned 2 December 2007

Dan Hagedorn - Author, Curator, Resigned February 2008

Susan Benoff, PhD Resigned March 2009

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