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 Mark Your calendars!

The reunion dates are: September 17-22, 2018.


The registration form will be available by the middle of March, 2018.


 The RED LION Hotel, 11211 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004.

That is about 10 miles from downtown Seattle has been selected for the reunion. It was the obvious choice due to lower cost, no additional cost for amenities such as Wi-Fi, parking and meeting facilities.

Room rate is $122/night + taxes=$ 144.57. You may check in on the weekend before reunion start at the same rate.  The location is ideal on I-405. Direct shot North to Paine field, and South to Boeing Field and SEATAC airport, Hooch opening and operation is not firm yet but will be daily till midnight. We can bring in our own dry snacks and drinks. JONAH’S Restaurant is on the Red Lion premises. Outdoor Pool. Health Club. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Free parking, and complimentary  meeting rooms.


I recommend renting a car if you want to take full advantage of the sightseeing opportunities in the Seattle area. I will contract buses to take us on the excursions if enough people sign-up. Other tours around the area are at personal preference  with your own transportation.

Airporter service, Taxi and UBER are available. I have found a possible private van transport and will be in discussion with them to see if they can do the job of picking up reunion arrivals and getting them to The Red Lion and back at less expense.


The registration form will be available on the FAC web site middle of March, 2018. It will show the event costs and prices of reunion memorabilia as usual.

Reunion Schedule:

Monday, Tuesday: Sept. 17 and 18:

 Arrival, registration, local area sightseeing and call sign group meetings as desired. These would be good days for ferry rides:  www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/.

You might enjoy a close look at Mt Ranier or  Mt. St Helens, or LeMay’s world famous car museum in Tacoma—www.americascarmuseum.org/.

 Lists of popular local sightseeing destinations with addresses, phone numbers and information will be in the welcome package. 

 You are encouraged to rent a car so you can be independent in deciding where and when you go sightseeing. The meeting hotel does not charge for parking. 

I had inquired about having a day cruise on Puget Sound.  Argosy cruises, which provides this activity during the summer goes on off-season schedule after Labor Day.  They have offered to book us a special event on Tuesday, September 18 if we can get 100 people to sign up.  The cruise includes a stop at Tillicum on Blake Island, a historic Indian village. Here is the deal: 11:30am – 3:30 pm.  $99.74 per person – includes narrated cruise, meal, show, service (gratuity), fees and sales tax.  Minimum of 100 guests and/or guarantee of $9,974.00 to run it  

  If I have 100 signups by July 16, 2018, it will be a go.  Otherwise it will be cancelled and we will have missed an adventure: www.argosycruises.com/argosy-cruises/tillicum-excursion

GOLF TOURNAMENT:  We have a packed schedule.  I do not anticipate having a golf tournament.  If you wish to have information on golf courses and enough participants request golf, I will arrange it.

Wednesday, Sept. 19:

Group tour to The Boeing Museum of Flight: www.museumofflight.org

This is a world famous collection of old and modern aircraft, including an Aviation Pavilion display of a Concorde and an Air Force One Boeing 707 (Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon).

For those who prefer to group tour by bus, 50-passenger buses will be provided, at a cost of about $32 per person per trip, departing the hotel at 0900 and returning to the hotel approximately 1600. Admission to the Museum is $18 or $20 depending on whether or not you register in time for us to get on-line group tickets, and want a tour and see a movie. 

Thursday, Sept. 20:

1. Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour.

www.futureofflight.org/ — $25. Reunion early registration will get us a better group rate. The tour takes 90 minutes from start to finish, where you will see large commercial aircraft being assembled in the world’s largest (by volume) assembly building. 

 2. The second destination on Paine Field is the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, www.flyingheritage.com/ --about 15 minutes from Boeing.

Paul Allen, of Microsoft fame is assembling a collection of vintage aircraft with the object of keeping them in flying condition. The collection is small but growing. We will be there for about an hour which is what it takes to see it all. 

Important information:

1.The Boeing tour does not have rest rooms available in the factory, so you will have to hold on for 90+ minutes. Restrooms are available in the museums.  Early sign up for both Museum of Flight and Flying Heritage on the reunion registration form is advised so we can assure availability of group tickets and reservation of a bus, or buses as required. A cafeteria is available but it has a very limited sandwich menu and slow service.

2. The Flying Heritage Museum has restrooms, is all on one level, but has no food service. I am researching lunch boxes to bring on the buses for that tour.

Friday, Sept 21:

This is the day for FAC Association meetings and the closing banquet at the hotel with a TBD guest speaker. Food costs will be in the $50 range but new menus will be coming out after the new Red Lion chef takes over. Final details are TBD and will be on the registration form.

The guest speaker will be Col. Ken Hughey (USAF retired): FAC, F4C Driver and author. POW from 1967 to 1973.  Read his bio at: http://greatwarhawknation.com/kenneth-r-hughey-2/

Saturday, Sept 22:

 Morning Memorial service, then goodbyes and departures.  I am looking for a suitable site near the hotel. In case of rain, it will be at the hotel.

I need suggestions for Memorial Service agenda and readers. Audio equipment is available at the hotel.

Hooch: the hooch will be available all during our stay. We bring our own dry snacks, beer and wine.

Memorabilia: shirts, hats and coins will be from the same vendor as the last reunion.

    My daughter, Kelly, is a travel agent for VACATIONS TO GO.COM specializing in Cruise ships anywhere in the world. At my request, she prepared a listing of cruises before and after the reunion . Please email me at: joesowa@reagan.com or call 360-362-2812 with a request for cruise listings before or after the reunion, or contact her, KELLY “KY” SOWA, at 800-338-4962 EXT 7533. Or Email:ksowa@VacationsToGo.com.


Joe Sowa / Jade 03,

 Vung Tau / Nui Dat / Bearcat

 June1967 / 68 O-1 Bird Dog

Chairman, 2018 FAC Reunion – Seattle,

 641 E. Creekside Dr, Belfair, WA 98528

Cell: 360-362-2812,