Order of Daedalians

The Daedalians are a fraternal order of military aviators.  The organization was formed in 1934 to honor the WW I pilots who were first fly in defense of our country.  Today the Daedalians are a professional organization that honors all who have flown in defense of our country and counts among its objectives promoting the rewards of a career in military aviation to young Americans; encouraging improvements in flight safety, weapons development and combat support; and recognizing exceptional performance by military aviators.

There are approximately 11,000 Daedalians in 74 flights across the U.S. and Europe.  Membership is open to active duty, retired, or former military pilots from any service as well as navigators, air battle managers, naval flight officers, flight surgeons, and RPA pilots.


Old Pueblo Flight 12

Davis-Monthan AFB is home to the Daedalian’s Old Pueblo Flight 12.  The flight stood up in 1963 with 53 members across three states – Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.  Among the original members was Senator Barry Goldwater.  Today the Old Pueblo Flight is a Tucson-based organization with 130 members.  The flight includes Air Force, Army and Navy members; numerous combat veterans; and three POWs from the Vietnam war.  The flight meets the third Thursday of the month (SEP – MAY) for a luncheon and military aviation speaker. 

The Old Pueblo Flight is actively engaged in realizing the objectives of the National Order:

  • We annually present the prestigious “Pilot of the Year” award to a pilot chosen from a flying squadron at Davis-Monthan
  • We present scholarships each year to University of Arizona cadets in the Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC programs
  • Each spring the flight provides the Daedalian Achievement Award to a JROTC cadet at 11 high schools across southern Arizona
  • The flight sponsors heritage projects that preserve military aviation history.  In 2019 the Old Pueblo Flight helped sponsor the return of the D-Day Doll aircraft, which dropped paratroopers on D-Day, to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
  • New in 2019, the flight is instituting the “Outstanding Mission Support Award” for a junior NCO whose work is key to the flying mission at DAVIS-MONTHAN.

D-Day Doll Aircraft

An image of the Old Pueblo Flight Members in front of a heritage aircraft.

Old Pueblo Flight Members Greet the D-Day Doll at the Tucson Airport

8 May 2019

Interested in joining an outstanding Daedalian Flight? 


  • LtCol Jerry G. Bryant, USAF (Ret.), Flight Captain, Old Pueblo Flight 12 – jgbddb@cox.net
  • BGen Keith Connolly, USAF (Ret.), Membership Chairman –


Pilot of the Year

An image of Capt Lozano, the 2018 Pilot of the Year.


Old Pueblo Daedalian Flight

2019 Pilot of the Year

Capt Kyle Adkison

354th Fighter Squadron