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December 2019

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

December 21, 2019 @ 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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Defining Terrorism

December 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation by Karishma Mehta is an informational brief about the definition of terrorism, the evolution of terrorism, and scenarios in which terrorism ends.  Ms. Mehta is a technical analyst at the RAND Corporation who works on projects related to national security, terrorism, and military issues. With a degree in applied mathematics, she started her career at RAND as a research assistant working on projects that related to Air Force acquisition, Air Force force modernization and employment, war games, and…

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January 2020

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

January 4 @ 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 @ 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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SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

January 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Set within the framework of World War II in Europe, this program recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border on February 8, 1944. Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for months before making it back to England. Their individual stories and those of…

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Meeting of the Mentors – T-34 Fly In

January 25 @ 10:00 am - January 26 @ 3:00 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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F7F Tigercat Open Cockpit

January 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sit in the cockpit of this Grummon Warbird, inside our climate-controlled hangar. Some physical restrictions apply. Included with museum admission. Comfortable clothes and rubber-soled shoes recommended.

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February 2020

P-47 Thunderbolt Open Cockpit

February 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Open cockpit in our P-47 Thunderbolt! Climb in and see what it's like sitting in the pilot's seat of this huge fighter bomber from World War II! So come on in, get on in, and shoot that selfie in our fully air conditioned hangars! And spend the entire day! Open Cockpit Free with your regularly paid admission.

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From East Garrison to the Ranch House

February 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is a real story told by the person who lived it, Peter Gravett. As one of twelve children, born into an industrious and religious centered home where traditional values were taught and education was encouraged, the book tracks him from his pre-teen years through high school and his first tour of duty in the Army through four illustrious careers including achieving the rank of Police Watch Commander for the Los Angeles Police Department and Major General of the United…

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Turkey Shoot: The Battle of the Philippine Sea

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Battle of the Philippine Sea (nicknamed the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot" by American pilots) was the Japanese Navy's last-ditch attempt to hold on to the Marianas Islands. It marked the final large-scale carrier-versus-carrier battle of WWII in the Pacific.  The battle resulted in heavy losses on the part of the Japanese - in men, planes, and carriers. Pitted against each other were an American force of 7 fleet carriers and 8 light carriers against the Japanese task force of…

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