Aircraft Mechanic's Memorial

Aircraft Mechanic's Memorial Monument          (Updated: June 22, 2020)
During our 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. Several of our members have made significant contributions --
knowing that NO aircraft flies without the dedicated men and women who maintain them day in and day out.
Please send your donations to Jerry Haines directly. Please mention, you are with 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).

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


Aircraft Mechanics Monument

We now have a Fund Raiser page on FACE BOOK
This will make it easier for you to DONATE for this
beautiful monument.

Anyone wanting to make a donation, you can also send it to:
Gerald Haines
2411 S. Tecumseh Road Springfield, OH 45502

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$9,135.00   Still Needed To Make our Goal
$43,000.00  GOAL

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

$14000  Gerald Haines    Cargo-5, 463 OMS  (Creator/Presenter of the monument to the USAF Museum)
$3000    I.F. "Pennie" Haines 
$3000    F.A. "Tiny" Haines 
$2000    Bill Fessler                    435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$2000    Greene County             CVB
$2000    Vince Hrenak                316th TAW
$1500     Jim Warren                  435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$500       David Dwinell               435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$500      Floyd Johnson.            435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$500      Stan Miller                    435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$500       David Blair                   316th TAW
$500       VFW 9966
$300       John Simon                 316th TAW 
$300       Phil Tenney                  
$250       Sandra Flanagan         463rd Airlifters
$200       Kurt Schumacher         316th TAW
$150       John Birhanzi
$125       Lisa Quinn 
$100       435th OMS Enroute Mx Reunion Group (Stan Miller)
$100       Thomas Brunswick
$100       Phillipe Campos
$100       Lynn Cayton
$100       Les Chalfant                463rd Airlifters
$100       Dan Eigenbrode          435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$100       Richard Figueroa        435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$100       Lisa Willis                    Greene County CVB
$100       Robert Hanes              Retired CMSGT
$100       Walter Hook                 435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Reunion Group
$100       In memory of George Latour    463rd Airlifters 
$100       Mike Lomaka               463rd Airlifters 
$100       Bruce Langerlan          463rd Airlifters 
$100       Linda Langerlan          463rd Airlifters 
$100       Scott McCoy
$100       Bill Pankey                  316th TAW
$100       Richard Sweet             463rd Airlifters 
$75         Leslie P. Moore
$75         Jake Smart
$50         Susan Coy
$50         Serena Hennings
$50         Robert Pesch
$50         George Simons
$50        Tami Tobias
$25         Dan Croley
$25         Tim Egan 
$25         Kelly Griffie
$25         Gene Gross
$25         Marcus Haralson
$25         Darrell Houston 
$25         Devin Larsen
$25         Marc Lee
$25         Kerry Penner 
$25         Clifton Pierce
$25        Daniell Porta
$25        Gregory Sparks
$20        Cathy Cote
$20        Brad Ludwig

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 $43,000.00
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

On Line Donations


Please make your checks payable to:   Dodd’s Memorials

Mail to: Gerald “Jerry” Haines

              2411 S. Tecumseh Road

              Springfield, OH  45502

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.



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)

Please see actual website for complete details:


Dedication Ceremony will be held in the Memorial Gardens,
USAF National Air Museum, July 31 (Friday), 2020.

Dedication Ceremony of this proposed beautiful statue, that is described above recognizing the thousands of USAF Aircraft Mechanics. 

Lodging - Personnel attending the dedication ceremony, discounted lodging has been coordinated with the Hope Hotel. 
Be sure to inform the desk clerk when making your room reservation, 
you are with the 463 Airlifters Association / 317 TAW Association 2020. (Reunion is Canceled - but Presentation is still a GO)

The room rate is $106 and will include breakfast.
Rooms are: 
1- Queen Size Bed  or  2- Full Size Beds

July 30 - Arriving for the Presentation Ceremony / Pre-Party
July 31-  Dedication Ceremony will be held, (1030).
               Celebration to be held Friday afternoon /  evening (1730).
Aug   1-  Go home if you want to.

Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center
10823 Chidlaw Rd, Dayton, OH 45433
(937) 879-2696

Located: Across the road from Gate 12A. (Commisary, PX)


USAF Aircraft Mechanic Monument Update

I have just been informed by Mr. Haines, the reunion portion of the of the USAF Aircraft Mechanic Monument has been canceled by the 463rd personnel hosting the reunion portion due to the virus.

The presentation of the monument will still be done at 1030, on July 31, 2020.


Enrouters attending Presentation Ceremony
Stan Miller
Mark Daily (possibly)
Mr. & Mrs. David Dwinnel   (possibly)
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Fessler        (Colonel Connie Fessler, Ret)
Richard "FIG" Figueroa
Mr. & Mrs. Ernesto Goenaga  (possibly)
Walter Hook
D.J. Hubbard                       (possibly)
Janet Woodworth Jennings (AF Veteran)
Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Johnson   (Former 435th OMS Commander)
CMSGT Thom & Mrs.Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Pavon     (possibly)
Colonel & Mrs. Peirolo       (Former RM Wing Commander / DCM)  (possibly)
Mr. & Mrs. John "Bruno" Potter (possibly)
Becky Seaman                   (possibly)
Jim "As Ever" Warren         (possibly)

*** Please let me know if you are attending.

Stan Miller

Thursday July 30, 2020 - TBD
Friday      July 31, 2020 - Dedication Ceremony begins - 1030
                                        - Dedication Ceremony 1100 (Enroute)
Location:                        - USAF Museum Memorial Gardens

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