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December 2021

Pearl Harbor – The Japanese Aircraft at the time of the Attack

December 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Known as the Kido Butai Attack Force, this presentation will focus on the Japanese carrier-based aircraft that participated in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. These included the Aichi “Val” dive bomber, the Nakajima “Kate” torpedo bomber and of course the Mitsubishi “Zero” fighter. This fascinating presentation will provide a behind the scenes view of the strike force that “woke the sleeping giant” in the opening days of WWII. Presenter: Michael Carra

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Which way did they go? Air Wing 8 at Midway

December 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

One of the mysteries of the Battle of Midway concerns the failure of USS Hornet’s air wing to find the Japanese fleet during the most critical phase of the battle. Sixty dive bombers and fighters were on the same course and time as the other two air wings, but never saw the enemy fleet. Only the torpedo planes, separated from the others, managed to find and attack the Japanese carriers and were wiped out. Why did fifty dive bombers fail…

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Dec 18 thru 22nd: Santa Fly-In and Winter Light Show

December 18 @ 6:00 pm - December 22 @ 8:00 pm

Ho, Ho, Ho and Away we go…   Each evening Santa Claus will arrive at the Air Museum in his helicopter to greet all the good little girls and boys who have come to see him.  In addition to sitting for photographs and having a special gift for each child, Santa will open the museum to reveal a Christmas light spectacular for children young and old to enjoy.  Details on cost per car or person pending.   Check the museum website…

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January 2022

Just “Amelia”

January 8, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

From the day Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937, this case has captured the imagination of the world. Now take an in depth look at the historic background and current information on a true legend. Still today, America’s Greatest Mystery. This presentation will look at previous and the most current theories on the case plus a look at a possible upcoming expedition to locate her. Presenter: Michael Carra

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

January 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am - February 28, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Over 80 pieces of 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. MUSEUM CLOSED ON FRI,…

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Marine Corp Helicopters and Operations in Vietnam-1962 – 1975

January 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Marine Corp Helicopters were involved in the Vietnam Conflict, to one degree or another, from April of 1962, in support of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, until April of 1975 during the evacuation from Saigon. This presentation will give a general perspective regarding the various types of helicopters deployed by the Marine Corp in South Vietnam. It will also address the varied types of missions they conducted. To sum it up, the primary purpose of Marine helicopter operations…

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Dr. Ed Gordon: Creating the Hitler Myth: The Origins of Modern Propaganda

January 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How did he inspire such persistent loyalty and devotion? Why did a nation of cultured and well-educated people embrace the monstrous Nazi regime which implemented the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust and the brutal occupation of Europe? In this program historian Ed Gordon will dig deeply into how propaganda was effectively used to help create and sustain one of history’s greatest illusions. Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon

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Meeting of Mentors: T-34 Fly –In

January 28, 2022 @ 11:00 am - January 29, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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, 2022 @ 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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