Please join the 392nd BGMA for a trip through American history! During our reunion in Norfolk, Virginia, we'll see WWI and WWII military aircraft (most of them airworthy); view Norfolk Harbor during a dinner cruise; step back to colonial days; and, most important, decide the business of our Group as we continue to perpetuate the legacy of the men who served our country so well.
Wednesday, Oct. 2. Check in at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel. The 392nd BGMA hospitality room, where reunion registration will occur, will be open from 2pm through the evening. All meals on your own.
Thursday Morning, Oct. 3. Military Aviation Museum and Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise. Our bus will depart at 9:30am for the Military Aviation Museum, home to one of the largest private collections of WWI and II era military aircraft in the world. Each plane has been beautifully restored and most are airworthy. The dozens of aircraft on display can change at any time, but you are likely to see a wide variety.
Connected to the main museum building is the 15,000 square foot Army Hangar where US Army Air Corps aircraft can be found, including the P-51 Mustang, the Curtiss P-40, B-25 Mitchell, the Spitfire, Hurricane, and more.
A box lunch from Panera Bread with a turkey sandwich, chips, cookie, and a bottle of water will be provided at the Museum. After returning to the hotel at about 2:30pm, meet friends at our hospitality room or enjoy walking around on your own.
Thursday Evening, Oct. 3, we'll meet at 6:15in the lobby to walk as a group to the dock and board the Spirit of Norfolk, the area's premier dining cruise ship. The two-hour cruise (7-9pm) allows time to dine, dance and see spectacular views of all the in-port ships and submarines of the US Navy's Atlantic Fleet from the open-air top level. The buffet dinner in the climate-controlled deck includes freshly prepared salads, multiple entrees, sides, and lavish desserts. Unlimited coffee, tea, and water are included while a cash bar is available for other drinks. We'll walk back to the hotel and continue our conversations in the hospitality room.
Friday Morning, Oct 4. Colonial Williamsburg. Our bus will depart the hotel at 8am. Be prepared to step back in time at your own pace to learn about life in colonial America. Our journey starts at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, where we'll get out tickets, maps, and information about which buildings are open and which programs are offered during our visit.
Then, we'll have privileged access until 1pm to explore historic 18th century buildings, engage our nation's founders, and gain a new perspective on our American story. Nearly 100 masters, journeymen, apprentices, and interpreters practice many trades using the tools and techniques of the 18th century.
After 1pm, we can continue to walk the streets of the historic area and go into its restaurants and shops. Nearby Merchant's Square (on the edge of the historic district) has restaurants and shops as well. Lunch is on your own. The bus will depart the historic area at 2:45pm and return to the hotel about 4pm. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Norfolk.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes as the historic district is nearly a mile long with some uneven surfaces.
Friday Evening, Oct 4. The hospitality suite will be open from about 4:30pm until 10:30pm. Dinner is on your own.
Saturday Morning, Oct. 5. At 9:30am, we'll meet in the hospitality room for our annual membership meeting, followed by a POW seminar led by our own Greg Hatton. Then, enjoy the afternoon on your own.
The hospitality room will be open from 5 to 7pm for pre-dinner cocktails.
Saturday Evening, Oct. 5 Our traditional rendezvous banquet at the hotel. After dinner, we'll continue our conversation with friends in the hospitality suite before saying our farewells.
Sunday, Oct. 6. Check out and depart.