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Question: Who and what are the Quiet Birdmen? Charles Lindbergh was a QB, however he was not a founder of the organization, as is often stated. The Quiet Birdmen was founded by seven World War I pilots who, beginning in 1919, regularly met at Marta's Restaurant in Manhattan to share war stories.
And I think that calling a meeting of the order of the Quiet Birdmen, a fraternal organization of air force pilots and former officers (which included some of the country's best aviators and astronauts) a "party" is an oversimplification.
Membership is by invitation, and by nature, QB is a drinking fraternity.
More eclectic are the Caterpillar Club, whose members must have saved their lives at one time or another by parachute jumps, and the Ancient & Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen about which those who know anything may tell nothing.
Originally posted by Nygdan
ED, they probably, like me, have no idea who or what the birdmen are, and have nothing to contribute. YOu are saying its such a well known and obvious group, well, maybe its not so well known.
The collection also includes a photographic album entitled "Quiet Birdmen," of 480 members of the Ancient and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen, founded 1921, covering period into the early 1950s, and scrapbooks containing clippings and photographs.
Ye Anciente and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen.
Walter was a member of this club, from which the following extract was taken.
"The American Flying Club, born in France on Armistice Day, installed in a clubhouse of New York's Fifth Avenue in March 1919, took off in a blaze of glory and wound up two years later with a bailiff's padlock on the door. But a Phoenix was to arise from its ashes. A small group of flyers began to meet more or less regularly at Marta's Greenwich Village restaurant. Steve Hannigin, a reporter, visited the festive table, returned the next week with an artist. He did a feature story, with a sketch. In attendance that evening were: Harry Bruno; S. H. MacKeon; Wallace James; Richard R. Blythe; Earle Osborn; C. S." Casey Jones"; Slim Lewis; Ernest Loftquis; Paul G. Zimmerman; Donald Mcllheny; Baron Ladislas d'Orcy; Richard DePew; George Hubbard; R. B. C. Noorduyn; and J. E. Whitbeck. Harold Hersey, then editing Aces High Magazine, had visited Marta's, had his eardrums shaken by the desperate hilarity, and dubbed the gathering, The Quiet Birdmen. Hannegin's story was the first the public heard of the QB's - which grew up to become the greatest secret fraternal order in aviation."
the order of the Quiet Birdmen, a fraternal organization of air force pilots and former officers (which included some of the country's best aviators and astronauts)