Aircraft Mechanic's Memorial

Aircraft Mechanic's Memorial Monument          (Updated: Nov 2, 2019)
During our upcoming Gatlinburg Reunion, I discussed this outstanding aircraft maintenance monument idea and asked that our Reunion Group make a significant donation towards the purchase and upkeep of the Mechancis and Maintenance Teams 3D relief monument. Lets make a significant contribution --
knowing that NO aircraft flies without the dedicated men and women who maintain them day in and day out.
Either you send your donations to Jerry Haines directly or during the reunion, I will accept donations and will send them to him with your name and on behalf of the 435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group.

Enrouters  -  Jim  "As Ever"  Warren is the first one to send a check for the monument.
I recieved the following message from Jim. 
I sent Jerry a check for $1000.00 USD this morning towards the monument
AND I will send an additional $500.00 USD if my fellow Enrouters can match the
1000.00 USD, by the end of the Reunion.     Jim "As Ever" Warren
UPDATE: Jim has already sent his check for $500, as an additional donation.

Anyone sending a donation to Jerry Haines, please let me know the amount and I will track the
amounts and will post our running total. (Please let me know if you want your name published
or anonymous).

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$23,000    total recieved 
$17,000  Still Needed To Make the Goal

$40000.00  GOAL

Please make a donation in memory of your favorite person / organization 
$1500   Warren J.         435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$ 500   Johnson F.        435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$1000  Fessler, B         435th OMS Enroute Maintenance/ QA
$ 500   Miller, S.           435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$100   Figueroa, R.      435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$ 00    Enroute Mx       435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group

$14,000   Gerald Haines   Cargo-5, 463 OMS  (Person presenting monument to the USAF Museum)
$100        Mike Lomaka  463rd Airlifters 
$250        Sandra Flanagan 463rd Airlifters 
$100        Lisa Willis Greene County CVB 
$100        Bill Pankey 316th TAW
$100        Bruce Langerlan 463rd Airlifters 
$100        Linda Langerlan 463rd Airlifters
$100        Les Chalfant 463rd Airlifters
$ 200       Kurt Schumacher 316th TAW
$500        David Blair 316th TAW
$100        Richard Sweet 463rd Airlifters
$100        In memory of George Latour 463rd Airlifters
$2,000     Vince Hrenak 316th TAW
$300       John Simon 316th TAW


$23,000.00    Grand Total                   $40,000.00  Goal Amount

Please make a donation in memory of your favorite person / organization 

Aircraft Mechanics and Maintenance Teams 3D Relief Monument
The monument will be erected in the Memorial Gardens, at the National Museum of the USAF,

Jerry Haines is in the process of obtaining donations to create a 3D relief monument to recognize the
thousands of aircraft mechanics and maintenance teams. 

Mr. Haines, came up wth the following idea:
Mechanics and Maintenance teams are underrepresented in the memorial garden
at the National Museum of the USAF.  He and Larry at Dodd's Monument have
designed a seven-foot 3D relief statue and hope to raise enough funds
to install it by next summer or fall.

Mr. Haines was a mechanic with the 316th TAW, the 91st Bomb Group and
the 463rd Airlifters Assn.  He has hosted many maintenance reunions.
Jerry retired in his mid-70's as a mechanic with the 445th Air Wing
here at WPAFB.

There are no statues for Mechanics in the park (plaques, yes, statues, no)
and he'd like to rectify that.


My name is Jerry Haines and I am looking for assistance to raise $38,000.00 to help pay for a monument that will be dedicated to the Aircraft Mechanics of the United States Air Force.  This monument will stand proudly at the United States Air Force Museum Memorial Garden.

I served in the Air Force for twenty years and reminisce frequently with old friends of our experiences and travels that led us around the world to do our job as an aircraft mechanics.  After visiting the Museum’s Memorial Garden there were memorial for Pilots, Navigators, Engineers and Load Masters.  But I noticed there was nothing to honor the unsung hero the “Aircraft Mechanic”. 

This request is in hope that you would be able to make a generous donation. The money raised will be used to cover the costs of the monument that will be carved in granite.  I am enclosing a copy of the monument which will include the Aircraft Mechanic’s Creed.  The actual dimensions will be 7’ 1 inch in height and 40 inches in width.  It is my hope to dedicate this memorial in July 2020, an actual date will be determined upon further discussions with the Air Force Museum and Dodd’s Memorials.

You have no idea how much it means to me to be able to dedicate a memorial to my fellow men and women who honored the ‘creed’.  Thank you in advance for your anticipated support. 

Thank you,

Gerald Haines


Please make your checks payable to:   Dodd’s Memorials

Mail to: Gerald “Jerry” Haines

              2411 S. Tecumseh Road

              Springfield, OH  44502

Any questions: 

National Air Force Museum
Wright Patterson, AFB, OH



UPON MY HONOR I swear that I shall hold in sacred trust the rights and privileges conferred upon me as a certified mechanic. Knowing full well that the safety and lives of others are dependent upon my skill and judgment, I shall never knowingly subject others to risks which I would not be willing to assume for myself, or for those dear to me.

IN DISCHARGING this trust, I pledge myself never to undertake work or approve work which I feel to be beyond the limits of my knowledge nor shall I allow any non-certified superior to persuade me to approve aircraft or equipment as airworthy against my better judgment, nor shall I permit my judgment to be influenced by money or other personal gain, nor shall I pass as airworthy aircraft or equipment about which I am in doubt either as a result of direct inspection or uncertainty regarding the ability of others who have worked on it to accomplish their work satisfactorily.

I REALIZE the grave responsibility, which is mine as a certified airman, to exercise my judgment on the airworthiness of aircraft and equipment. I, therefore, pledge unyielding adherence to these precepts for the advancement of aviation and for the dignity vocation.

Jerry Lederer Founder, Flight Safety Foundation.


I'm already planning to attend the Dedication Ceremony of this proposed beautiful statue, 
that is described above recognizing the thousands of USAF Aircraft Mechanics. 

The ceremony will be July 31, July 2020.
You are encouraged to stay at the Hope Hotel, located outside one of the WPAFB gates.
The details will be published, when they become available.
** See the main website above for details on Lodging. Reserve early and beat the rush)

When we presented our 435th OMS Enroute Plaque to the US AIR FORCE MUSEUM,
the ceremony was awesome. The Enrouters that attended this ceremony, will always remember it.