CAF SoCal Living History Presentation Series: Harnessing the Sky: Fredrick “Trap” Trapnell The U.S. Navy’s Aviation Pioneer
HTS Book 10JUN2017
From bi-planes to jets!

On Saturday, June 10th, local author Dana Trapnell Tibbitts presented her book on the nearly lost history of her grandfather,  the man called the “godfather of modern naval aviation.”

Dana Trapnell Tibbitts and John Torgerson

The excellent presentation of the  award winning biography, Harnessing The Sky: Frederick “Trap” Trapnell, the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Pioneer can be viewed on our YouTube channel at the following link:

After the presentation and a Q/A session, the author was  available for a book signing for the audience. Autographed copies are also available at the museum’s gift shop.

Despite a thick marine layer, the weather was cooperative enough to allow us to conclude the day’s activities by flying  Minisi III, CAF SoCal’s Zero killer F6F Hellcat, an example of an airplane whose expedited development under Trapnell was critical to U.S. victory in World War II.