Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

San Diego 2023 Reunion

Our 2023 reunion will be held at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel from the afternoon of May 26th to our dinner and dance on the evening of May 29th.  Embodying Southern California’s laid-back style, our reunion hotel pairs a refreshingly vintage vibe with all the modern-day essentials, including balcony views from every room, an unmatched waterfront location, and complimentary wireless and airport shuttle.

Our Hospitality Suite is at street level providing walking access to the entire harbor side area including the Star of India, USS Midway and Seaport Village.  Little Italy is walking distance behind the hotel and the Gaslamp Quarter is a very short ride away.  

All that the Balboa Park area has to offer, including the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Air & Space Museum, is also very nearby.  For more information and suggestions on sights to see during your spare time, visit San Diego Visitor Info for ideas.
Poster created by Chris Can Do Design. For a larger view click on the image.

Who's Coming So Far?

To view who intends to come by making their hotel reservations and/or submitting their registration forms and payments, click HERE

Reunion Agenda and Activities

Friday, May 26 - Reunion Begins at 3pm
Harborside Room
$75 per person covers the cost of planning for this reunion and includes wine, beer, and soft drinks in our Hospitality Suite from 3pm-6pm and 8pm-11pm (3pm-5pm and 10pm to midnight  on Monday)


Saturday, May 27 - Golf Tournament
Balboa Golf Course

$90 per person covers green fees, cart rental and additional charges required for a much needed shotgun start this year.  The public facility is an 18-hole Par 72 course with stellar views of downtown San Diego Balboa Park, Point Loma and the Pacific Ocean and is the oldest public golf facility in San Diego (Sam Snead holds the course record with a score of 60.)  Robert Carona is coordinating the tournament this year and can be emailed at racarona1@cox.net  with any questions you might have. 

Saturday afternoon is presently free to explore all that the San Diego area has to offer.  Visit San Diego Visitor Info for maps and ideas.


Sunday, May 28 - Business Meeting at 10am
Pacific A Room
Our Business Meeting will include recent developments and updates for future reunions being planned. It is intentionally scheduled for Sunday so as not to interfere with plans to visit the USS Midway on Memorial Day Monday.


Guest Speaker at 11am
Guy Van Herbruggen (on right), co-author with Charles Kennedy (on left) of the "DC-8 and the Flying Tiger Line" and "Tiger 747" books and author of "Flying Tiger Memories" is preparing a new book: Flying Tiger Archives. The upcoming book will be 250 pages and will tell the story of the Flying Tiger Line purely through original pictures and illustrations, mostly from the Flying Tigers Club Museum in LAX and from private collections.  If you have any gems left at home including slides or pictures, please contact Guy at gvanherbruggen@hotmail.com or John at president@flyingtigerline.org.


Sunday, May 28 at 1PM
Flight Attendant Recognition Luncheon
Harborside Room (Our Hospitality Suite)
$54 per person covers your choice of three plated options for lunch.
Plated Lunch Choices

Our Flight Attendant Representatives, Joyce and Robin, have planned this dedicated lunch and, with the help of Debbie Paul and Cathy Schinhofen, are creating an accompanying program to give tribute to all the generations of former FTL stewardesses and flight attendants from 1947 to 1990.  All attendees, regardless of your position at FTL,  are welcome and encouraged to come join in the fun celebrating our fellow crewmembers' contribution to the success and legacy of Flying Tigers.

Note that the Hospitality Suite will be closed until 3pm on Sunday morning during the the Business Meeting and Flight Attendant Lunch.

Monday, May 29 at 8am
Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
USS Midway Museum

Free to the public
The Midway is a leisurely 1/2 mile stroll from the hotel.  Everyone is encouraged to board the USS Midway for free beginning at 8am and to attend the Wreath Laying Ceremony at 9am to commemorate Memorial Day.  A special seating area will be arranged for our FTL group. After the ceremony is over everyone on board is welcome to spend as much time as they wish touring the Midway and taking advantage of all that is offered on board the floating museum.  To view local news coverage of last year's ceremony click on 2022 Wreath Laying Ceremony  Note that General Admission will be charged after the ceremony so be sure to arrive early to take advantage of the free admission.

Private Docent Tours
$10 per person
Five docents have volunteered their time to take us in groups of 15 on Private Tours at 10am. The docents offering their time are Carol Beaudu and Charlie Beauchesne, with the help of our own Bear Kramer, Curt Dose, and Carter Harrington. Carol is a Life Member of FTLPA, married to the late Marcel “Frenchy” Beaudu who flew west in 2001. All proceeds from the $10 ticket price will be donated to the Midway Docents Fund for their annual party in grateful appreciation from the members of FTLPA.  At this time ticket sales will be limited to the first 75 to sign up unless we can enlist more docents to volunteer.

Monday, May 29 beginning at 5PM
Flight Attendant Recognition Buffet and Dance

Pacific Ballroom
$118 per person covers room rental, the buffet meal and entertainment.
Items Included in Buffet

In keeping with the So Cal beach vibe the theme this year will be Surfin' USA - A Celebration of the Early 60's.

  • 5pm - Portraits by Eliot and Judi
  • 6pm Cocktail Reception (No Host Bar)
  • 7pm Buffet Begins
  • 8pm Entertainment Begins (Woody & The Longboards )
  • 9pm Raffle and Door Prize Drawing

Suggested dress includes Hawaiian shirts, board shorts, beach hats, and huarache sandals.

Reunion Registration 

After reading the details above you can register and make your payments online by credit card (preferred) or by printing a paper registration form to send along with a check.  Use the links below to choose your method.

Online Registration by Credit Card  (preferred)

Paper Registration by Check

Registration Raffle

Those who register before February 28, 2023 will be eligible for one of two awards listed below. The drawing will take place on March 1st and the winners will be announced via the bulletin sent that day.

Two Hotel Nights Paid   -  $400 value
Two Free Buffet Dinners - $236 value

Group Hotel Reservations

Discounted Group Rooms are still available, but you should not delay.  Your reservation includes complimentary airport shuttle, wireless internet, discounted $25 self parking per day, and 10% off at Hazlewood's Deli (coffee, muffins, light fare).

WYNDHAM SAN DIEGO BAYSIDE HOTEL
1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
(click for more information)

$259 per night Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights

$185 per night Monday and Tuesday nights
(Note: A 12.75% tax will be added to all rooms)

Possible upgrades based on availablity
Superior Skyline View Room -  Add $20 per night
Premium Bay View Room -  Add $40 per night

Click to Book Online

To Make Reservations By Phone call Wyndham Reservations at (800) 996-3426
Ask for group-rate reservations for the Flying Tiger Line Pilot Reunion in May

Rooms may be reserved 3 days before and after event, if available.
Reservations can be cancelled 72 hours in advance with no penalty.
Cut-off date for group reservation rates is April 26, 2023

Problems making your reservations?  Email Sandy White with details.

Question and Answers

Why Are Ticket Prices So High This Year?  When we signed the contract in 2019 to secure the $185 per night hotel rate, we knew that San Diego would probably be an expensive reunion to attend, but we had no idea that it would be this absurd.  Below is a short list of the “perfect storm” economic, financial, contractual and social situations that have contributed to this.

  • In all previous years for as long as we can remember, Sandy was able to lock in the cost of Food and Beverage along with the hotel rate.  None of the hotels in the local San Diego area that we considered would allow this in 2019 when we signed the contract.
  • U.S. inflation has risen to its highest level in four decades since 2020.
  • In the past 3 years since signing our contract (2019) the state of California has become one of the most expensive in the country to hold reunions and meetings.
  • The cost of beer and wine has doubled from the price we paid in San Antonio.  The cost of catering has gone up 40%.  We are actually subsidizing the FA lunch by $15 per plate, the main buffet by $1 per person, and are just hoping we don’t loose too much on the Hospitality Suite bar.
  • Deep pocketed corporations and larger groups are willing and able to pay these rates
  • We're still in a post-pandemic surge to groups to meet.  Everyone is still getting out more and more
  • The jump in Registration Fee is very contrasting for the following reason.  For San Antonio we deliberately subsidized the cost of the reunion after our 2-year hiatus.  We charged $20 per person for registration to pay for beverages and rent of our Hospitality Suite, when it actually cost us $42 per person.  We can't sustain that kind of loss two years in a row.  Even still, at $75 per person, we will most likely be in the red.

Why have hotel room rates risen from $185 to $259?  Our original block of 120 rooms quickly sold out when group hotel reservations opened on September 1st.  Sandy White has been able to go back to the hotel sales department three times to add rooms to our available block rooms.  Unfortunately to secure these additional rooms the rate for weekend nights (Fri-Sun) rose to $259.  The rate for weekday nights remains at $185.

Can I Bring A Guest? – Guests are always welcome at FTLPA reunions as long as their registration fee is paid and their host attends the reunion with them.

What is the Cancellation Policy? – Your registration can be cancelled up to two weeks before our event, Friday May 13th.  If you pay online by credit card then your refund will be reduced by the 3% fee that we incur.  We must submit our final headcount and deposits 14 days before the reunion starts and then the funds are unfortunately out of our hands.

I’m just coming to attend the FA Lunch.  Do I still have to pay the registration fee?  Yes, there are many costs involved throughout the year in planning the reunion, providing beverages and renting the meeting spaces involved.  All attendees must share in these costs.

Will there be merchandise sold at the Hangar this year? Yes and No.  Select merchandise left over from previous reunions will be made available at the check-in desk when it is manned.  San Antonio was the last year that a dedicated room was rented to provide this opportunity to members.

Will there be a group bicycle ride this year? No.  Unfortunately both rental shops close by are not allowing group reservations.  Sandy White is currently working on discounts at Wheels of Fun which is immediately adjacent to the hotel on Harbor Drive.

If you still have questions or concerns email us at email@flyingtigerline.org
or contact John Dickson directly at president@flyingtigerline.org.