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The Pelican Skydivers Club was established in 1960 at Manassas Virginia, later moved to Ridgely Maryland.
(Wasn't Croom somewhere in between?)
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In this photo: Henry Sullenberger, Don Rich, Corky Foster, Mike Schultz, Bill Ottley, Fred Graff, Francis McCauley, Bob Hilliard, Linda Phillips, Ron Oberle, Tinker Shoemaker, Lois Plattner, Wayne Beall, Johnny Crews, Bob Holler, Billy Gifford, Ted van Kuyk, Jim "Mac" McIntire, Chris Christensen, Jim Lowe, Bobby Holt, Nancy Black, Dennis Young, Cesar Aguilar, Martha Huddleston, Chet Poland
Picture taken at Mark Radcliff's house, club meeting 1979. This has been referred to as the last hurrah for one of the greatest Skydiving Clubs in the United States.
In this photo: Michelle Fuchs, Lauren "Butch" Campbell, Tom Hevican, Jimmy Carrol, Steve Noonan , Paul Reed, Mark Schlatter, Tom Jordan, Mark Schlatter, Jim "Mac" McIntire, Mike Mount, Billy Gifford, Davey, Bobby, Charlie Gran, Ed Davenport, Ben Gatch, Joe Paquin, joe paquin, Phil Caputo, John Young, Dale, John Bordley , Roger, Roger Klein, Bob Holler, Bill Ottley, Chris, Keith Mayes, Lizard, Scotty Gillis, Scott Gillis , Pat Tansy, Pat Tansey, Johnny Crews, Mark Radcliffe, Mark Radcliff, Karen Juba, Chuck Prodey, Randy Ottinger, Bob Branch, Julie Borel, Julie Borel , Ron Hudson , Mary Conklin , Mary Wolper, Mike Schultz , Maureen Schultz, Phil Leiter, Steve Stratton
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Subject: Pelicans History
Scott, here is information about the Pelicans. Mike Schultz shared this history in a couple posts in a thread on the reunion page. Julie
Stockett's Farm was the Pelicans location before Ridgely. It was in Crofton, right next to the Naval Academy Dairy Farm at Waugh Chapel. Dave Dulin and Bud Sylvia flew Cessna 182s on a downhill takeoff, over Rte. 3 N (about 5 miles north of Rte. 50). The State Police were constantly complaining about traffic stopping and clogging the highway. Croom was before that; and before that Targeteers in Manassas.
Another little note of history. The 76-acre property just outside of Ridgely, MD was purchased by a group of 5 persons. One was Bill Fravel, the provider of the Cessna 182s that were flying out of Stockett's Farm in 1965. Another was Johnny Crews, an early Pelican Skydiving Club member, and still another was Dick Snyder, a sometime pilot for the Club. These gentlemen, along with 2 other investors, formed the Pelican Land Corporation, which purchased the property by way of two mortgages. That's where the name Pelicanland came from. Mike Schultz’s tenure as DZO was specified by the rent they charged him over a 9-year period. Wayne Beall and Mike formed the Pelican Sport Aviation, Inc., taking over operation of the DZ in 1969, which had been run by Bill Fravel since 1966. They assumed the property mortgage payments, the Cessna mortgage payments, and were responsible for property maintenance. Mike left as DZO in 1978. By that time, the drop zone was operating a DC-3, a Beech 18, 2 Cessna 180's, and a Cessna 170. A new era was ushered in when Johnny Crews and Tom Forsythe took over, followed by Gordon Riner. Things pretty much petered out as the sport and the number of regional DZs expanded.