21 Aug

2023 GatorMOG Goes to Space?? (Titusville) 18 – 20 August – Report from the Field

Wow!  The GatorMOG Summer Noggin in Titusville, FL was exceptional.  Thank you Adam Hitt!!  I am so happy that I didn’t have a conflict or chose to miss this one!  I would be kicking myself right now!   I would have to say it was one of the best GatorMOG weekends we have had in a very long time.  All the others in attendance were equally pleased!!

The weather was exceptional.  We had a spot of rain on the way there, but thanks to Andrea, we had the Roadster top up.  (I personally prefer it down, with my physical challenges, as I can get into and out of the Morgan much easier with the top down!!  Andrea doesn’t like the sun, she takes pills . . .)  Then nothing all weekend, except a short shower while we were having brunch on Sunday. 

It was pretty much a weekend of air conditioning.  It was a bit warm at the Valiant Air Command Museum, when we were out in the big hangars as they only have large fans to circulate the air but really it was not all that bad.  I wasn’t even sweating!  In the other museum display areas, they had air conditioning.  Then at the KSC everything was air conditioned, except the walk across the apron between the Shuttle Atlantis display and the Ice Cream Shop!  I found that walk a bit warm, but the destination made it all worth it!!

The primary activities of the GatorMOG event, mostly Saturday’s itinerary, was exceptionally well planned and executed.  It was a dipole sort of thing for me, at one end the realization of someone’s dream, in some cases the results of which proved to be wildly successful, in other cases not so much, but all were driven by the necessities of war and were accomplished with the most rudimentary of things.  Hand drawn blueprints on vellum, mental and manual calculations (no computers back then), and ultimately the grit and determination of the entire nation. 

One of the aircraft on display at the Valiant Air Command Museum was the P-82 / F-82, ‘Twin Mustang,’ two Mustang fuselages joined together at the wing.  They indicated that this aircraft is the only F-82 in the world still flying and oh by the way, it is available for sale!  It could be yours for only $11M.  And you thought the Morgan’s upkeep was pricey??  (To be honest, I’ve seen a good number of aircraft in my time, but never one of these!!)

At the other end of my dipole, the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).  Again the realization of another dream, accomplished this time with a stubborn determination, repetitive failures, big budgets and massive engineering efforts driven by national pride and patriotism.  I guess I do have to admit, that even as an engineer, I was in awe by it all and humbled by the bravery of the crews. 

Then at the KSC, my personally beliefs were again aroused, this time by the expansive and theatrical displays of early NASA and then again, with the display of the Atlantis Space Shuttle.  It was all exceptionally well done, and it actually brought me to tears!! 

If you have not been to KSC, you have to go!  There are no excuses not to!

The social activities, the Friday evening gathering at the Playalinda Brix Project, the Saturday dinner at Dixie Crossroads, and the impromptu Sunday morning brunch at Steve’s Family Diner on HWY – 1 in Titusville were all superb!  Great beer and food at the Playalinda Brix Project but it was a very, let me emphasize very, popular place!  And, with no reservations, we did have to fight the crowds.  But in the end, it was well worth it!   The Dixie Crossroads Restaurant was great, as always, but we went a bit early this time.  Something about a beer??  (And it was still packed??)  And brunch just happened.  The timing was convenient as it showered while we sat and ate!  Then it was clear and bright for our ride home.  In all cases excellent food, drink and company!!!

Again, an exceptional weekend.  And, one I am not likely to forget anytime soon!!



14 Jul

2023 GatorMOG Goes to Space?? (Titusville) 18-20 Aug – UPDATE – Hotel Reservation Link

The Hotel Room block is all set up in the (Hyatt) system and ready for attendees to make reservations.  Hyatt is using the group code of ‘G-MOG’. Don’t procrastinate as the weekend is coming up quickly and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on our reduced group rate!! The link is below. Click the link and then, once the Hyatt page comes up, click ‘Book Now.’ Also make sure the dates show 18 August for check in and 20 August for check out.


14 Jul

GatorMOG Goes to Space??

Pencil in the Weekend of August 18 – 20 (Friday through Sunday) for the next major GatorMOG activity. It is likely to be raining so what you drive is your call!!

Drive to the event hotel on Friday.

The planned hotel is the Hyatt Place Titusville / Kennedy Space Center, 6299 Riverfront Center Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780 (less than 5 min from Valiant Air command.) BUT DON’T MAKE YOUR RESERVATION JUST YET!

The hotel has an internet link being produced and they want us to use this link to ensure we get the Group Rate. Their code for our group is ‘G-MOG’. Don’t worry, we will let you know when the link is available.


Beer call / Dinner Friday night is at the Playalinda Brixworks Project at 1900 (tbd). Again, less than 5 mins away from the hotel. The time is still up in the air but we’ll let you know!!

Saturday Morning we’ll visit the hangars at the Valiant Air Command Inc, Warbird Museum ($12 dollars per a person.) We asked for a tour of the behind the scenes greasy stuff, typically’ out-of-sight’ back shops, so be prepared (e.g. don’t wear your fancy white clothes)! It is not confirmed by they were pretty positive?

I would guess we will form up on Saturday morning at the front of the hotel around 0830. We need to be prompt and be at Valiant Air Command Inc., NLT 0900 but the hotel is just some 4 mins from Valiant Air Command so this shouldn’t be too hard and our tours are estimated to take some 2.5 hours.

Lunch (1300 – 1400) will be at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). There are several lunch spots and we just establish a time to reconvene.

The best group rate we could get is $68 pp but you are welcome to use what ever you might have (annual pass, AARP, Military Veteran, AAA, other?) to swing a better rate. What ever you do, do it quickly as we are likely to go straight to the busses to beat the crowds.

Saturday Dinner is planned for 1800 at the famous Dixie Crossroads. It will take us some 20 minutes or so to get there, and once done with dinner, some 15 mins or so to get back to the hotel.

Things do change so please be flexible!!

Please let Mark know if you plan to attend or not. We need to provide headcounts to various business as soon as we can. (Mark’s email – series1@cfl.rr.com or call 407-322-5060)

A big ‘thanks’ to Adam Hitt work working the details.