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January 2022

Jan 15th thru Feb 28th: Famed Aviation Artist Stan Stokes-Tuskegee Airmen Collection

January 15 @ 10:00 AM - February 28 @ 5:00 PM

Many original artwork immortalizing the members of the Tuskegee Airmen who heroically took to the skies in WWII despite the obstacles of racial segregation and a US military policy that tried to prevent them from flying. Look into the eyes and read the stories of these brave aviators who broke barriers and pushed aside stereotypes in their struggle to fight for their Country against the forces of Nazism.  Included with regular museum admission.

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Meeting of Mentors: T-34 Fly –In

January 28 @ 11:00 AM - January 29 @ 4:00 PM

Built as a replacement for the training planes of WWII, the T-34 Mentor developed into an aircraft cherished by the military and civilian pilots alike. In fact the T-34 remains in service more than six decades after it was first designed. Come visit us as a group of  T-34 pilots drop into the Air Museum for a weekend of flight exhibitions, formation flying, contests and just plane fun.

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February 2022

Fortress Ploesti

February 5 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Nazi Germany had limited access to the oil it needed to fight World War II. A primary source was Romania and its refinery complexes at Ploesti. Jay Stout describes the disastrous low-level bombing raid the Americans sent against Ploesti on August 1, 1943, and also reviews the bombing campaign which was mounted the following year that finally reduced this irreplaceable source of oil to rubble. Presenter: Jay Stout

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Brave Bessie Coleman-Pursue your Dreams

February 12 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license in 1921. In those days African Americans, Native Americans, and women had no flight training opportunities in the United States, so she saved and obtained sponsorships to go to France for flight school. She went on to become a high-profile pilot in notoriously dangerous air shows in the United States. Her pioneering role was an…

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Dr. Ed Gordon: Judgment at Nuremberg: Defending Humanity

February 19 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Between November 1945 and 1946, 24 high-ranking Nazi leaders were brought to trial before an international court assembled in Nuremberg, Germany. They were indicted on such charges as crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. This was the first time in history for a trial that established precedents and procedures for dealing with wartime genocide and other atrocities. In this program historian Ed Gordon will tell the important story of how these German leaders were brought to trial, charged, and…

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Call to Glory – How the Convair B-58 Hustler Helped Win the Cold War

February 26 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the Convair B-58 Hustler proved to be a difference maker, but by the end of the decade was retired. This tribute and historic reappraisal of this iconic USAF supersonic nuclear strike bomber is based on first-hand accounts from those who flew this record-setting aircraft for SAC during the Cold War. Presenter: George Haloulakos DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-58 Hustler at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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March 2022

Canadian Military Tribute

March 5 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Canada participated in many ways during WWII, more than people realize. Canadian forces landed on Juno beach on D-day, Canada played a large part in the Battle of the Atlantic and by the end of the war, and Canada had the 4th largest allied air force in the world. The Canadian military has fought alongside the United States in most major conflicts since World War II, including the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and most recently the…

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Mar 11th (Friday @ 6PM): Bridge of Spies (Movie Screening)

March 11 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Join us for a screening of this fascinating film complete with special in person commentary from film contributor and son of Francis Gary Powers himself, Gary Powers Jr. Wine and Light Hors d'oeuvres will be served by LULU of Palm…

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The A-10 Warthog a half century old and still kicking ….”

March 12 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The A-10 Thunderbolt also known as the Warthog, or the Tankbuster was used extensively during Operation Desert Storm, Kosovo crisis, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now entering their 50th year these nasty beasts are still “taking names.” Meet the man who was the first A-10 (Warthog) Squadron Commander for the 353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron. Learn more about what its like to pilot the “flying gun.” Presenter: Bob Lilac

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Dr. Ed Gordon – The Other Nuremberg: The Tokyo War Crimes Trial (1946-1948)

March 19 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During World War II political and military leaders of the Empire of Japan committed major war crimes and crimes against humanity. Over six million civilians and prisoners of war were killed by the Japanese. Why was Emperor Hirohito never cleared or brought to trial? Why did General MacArthur give immunity to the Japanese scientists doing bacteriological research? Historian Ed Gordon will discuss this historic trial and the controversial questions surrounding its events. Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon

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