ACONE slates annual Icebreaker Social

The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) will hold its Winter Icebreaker Social at the Papa Razzi restaurant in Burlington, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 8. Special guest speaker will be Michael Kalafatas, author of “Bird Strike: The Crash of the Boston Electra; The Story of Men and Bird in Conflict.”

On Oct. 4, 1960, a Lockheed Electra jet turboprop carrying 72 souls took off from Logan Airport. Seconds later, the plane slammed into a flock of 10,000 starlings, and abruptly plummeted into Winthrop Harbor. The collision took 62 lives and gave rise to the largest rescue mobilization in Boston’s history, which included civilians, in addition to police, firefighters, and Navy and Coast Guard air-sea rescue teams. Largely because of the quick action and good seamanship of Winthrop citizens, many of them boys in small boats, 10 passengers survived what the Civil Aeronautics Board termed “a non-survivable crash.”

Admission is $25 per person, which includes appetizers and a cash bar.

Reservations are required by Sunday, Feb. 5. You can register and pay online For more information or to reserve your seats by phone, contact Joe Passafiume at 978-897-3818.

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