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November 2019

Top Gun – An American Story

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this fast paced presentation, Dan "Yank" Pedersen, who cofounded the US Navy Fighter Weapons School (widely known by its nickname Top Gun) in 1969, looks back at his 29 year Navy aviation career. Pedersen and the men who worked for and with him in Top Gun developed innovative aerial combat tactics and techniques that significantly increased the effectiveness of American jet fighter pilots in the Vietnam War. This remembrance of aerial derring-do is sure to appeal to military aviators…

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8th Annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival

November 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Annual craft beer festival with flight exhibitions, special beer tasting flights, rides for sale, live music and food vendors including In 'N Out Burger. This event grows in popularity every year and is quickly becoming the premier craft beer event in the valley. Visit pspropshops.com for more details. .

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World War II in 25 Aircraft – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Starting with the Japanese planes that participated in the Pearl Harbor attack, and capping off with US Bombers that ended the war, this program will cover all of the Air Museum's WWII aircraft plus some key others. This is a short story of how each of the aircraft was used and its effectiveness in WWII action.

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December 2019

Temp Exhibit – The Last Good War: Facts & Voices of WWII – Photography by Thomas Sanders

December 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

World War II remains one of the most galvanizing and defining events in the history of America. Seemingly overnight, the entire nation unified behind a singular cause. An entire generation’s identity was forged, in part, by what many still refer to as the “last good war.” Sixty years later, a young photographer named Thomas Sanders began traveling the country photographing and interviewing hundreds of World War II veterans. The more he shot, the more he listened, and the more captivated…

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Pearl Harbor: the Sinking of the USS Arizona – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation will cover the aerial attack on the battleship USS ARIZONA. It will include a discussion of the official after action reports, video footage of the attack on the ship, and government diagrams of the aerial attack. We’ll see evidence of the bombs that hit Arizona. We’ll also cover the action reports that state that Arizona was also struck by torpedoes and that the bomb that blew up the ship went down the smokestack. As we now know, these…

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Santa Fly In & Winter Fun Land – 2 Days!

December 14 @ 11:00 am - December 15 @ 2:00 pm

Ho, Ho, Ho and Away we go…at 11AM each day Santa Claus will arrive at the Air Museum in his airplane 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 his winter fun land complete with snow directly from the North Pole. Kids 12 and under get in free with paying adult. Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving…

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Air Apaches – True Story of 345th Bomb Group & Its Low, Fast, & Dirty Missions in WWII – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

December 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The American 345th Bomb Group--the Air Apaches--was legendary in the war against Japan. The first fully trained and fully equipped group sent to the South Pacific, the 345th racked up a devastating score against the enemy. Armed to the teeth with machine guns and fragmentation bombs, and flying their B-25s at impossibly low altitudes --often below fifty feet--the pilots and air crews strafed and bombed enemy installations and shipping with a fury that helped cripple Japan. To tell their remarkable…

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Terrorism & the Intelligence Community

December 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The United States intelligence community is failing to keep up with domestic and international challenges due to the changing effect globalization has had on the international community. This presentation will delve into role globalization has played on the intelligence community and the effectiveness of the intelligence community’s response to these changes. It will discuss the policy apparatus contentious history and how that has affected the congressional oversight process. Lastly we will look at the issues the public have with the…

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January 2020

A British Teenager’s Experience of World War II – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

January 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Born in the County of Norfolk England in 1928, Mick Dawson left Litcham Secondary Modern School at the age of 14, December 1942. A wartime airfield for the American Army Air Force was under construction nearby and Mick got a job with the electrical contractor there as an apprentice. The 392nd BG group with their B-24s occupied the base from August 1943 to end of the War in Europe. During that time Mick had a front row seat to life…

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Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc Special Forces Camp

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is the dramatic, true story of a large yet little known battle at the height of the Vietnam War....it is required knowledge for an authentic, up-close view of how large battles were actually fought in South Vietnam in the critical year of 1968. This deeply researched presentation radically contradicts all the other accounts of the battle of Kham Duc. More than 1,500 people were evacuated under fire, but twelve aircraft were shot down, one of them carrying 183 civilians.…

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