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Vietnam to Western Airlines

Presenter Bruce Cowee joined the Air Force ROTC in 1962 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after graduating college in 1966.  Following flight school he was sent to Cam Ranh Bay Air Base in Vietnam, in May 1968. Bruce was assigned to the 458th tactical airlift squadron flying the C7A. He flew close to 900 hours of combat flying time …

Clash of the Titans: The Russo-German Campaign of World War II

On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler unleashed an army of 3 million for a blitzkrieg conquest of the Soviet Union. He should have had second thoughts since Napoleon had begun his disastrous invasion of Russia 120 years earlier on that very day! During the Second World War over 10 million Germans and Russians would fight for four years over a…

Meeting of Mentors: T-34 Fly –In

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…

The Murder of a Tuskegee Airman

This is a story of a Red Tail P-51 pilot shot down over Austria in a dogfight during the last days of WWII. The pilot was held for three days, awaiting transport to an interrogation center in Germany. On the third evening, two Luftwaffe officers showed up with false papers and the airman was released to their custody. The next…

INVISIBLE WARRIORS: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II (Documentary Screening)

The film is an unforgettable conversation among a diverse group of African American “Rosie the Riveters” who recount what life was really like during World War II. They are hard working underdogs of high character who do battle and win. They fled lives as domestics and sharecroppers to empower themselves while working in war production and U.S. government offices. These…

Snoopy and the Red Baron

Charles Schulz introduced Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace in 1965, and over the decades the Flying Ace has become one of Snoopy’s most recognizable personas. This traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, titled Snoopy and the Red Baron, tells the full story of the charismatic and beloved character, from the origin of…

The Shadow Army: European Resistance during the Second World War

As the tyrannical regime of Nazi Germany spread its grip over Europe, its criminal oppression of peoples spawned increasingly powerful resistance movements in every occupied country. It became increasingly apparent as the war lengthened that the German Wehrmacht was not invincible. The savage acts of repression, hostage taking, and the persecution of Jews, labor leaders, Communists, Catholics and anyone who…

Final Flight Final Fight: My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery

When Arlington National Cemetery refused to accept her grandmother's last request to be laid to rest there, she refused to let her legacy as a veteran die along with her. Presenter Erin Miller’s grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon, flew as a pilot with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. Despite being part of the first group of…

Canadian Military Tribute

The Canadian Military participated in many ways during WWII, much than people today realize. Canadian forces landed on Juno beach on D-day, they played a large part in the Battle of the Atlantic and by the end of the war, Canada had the 4th largest allied air force in the world. The Canadian military has fought alongside the United States…

Bad to the Bone: Flying the Boeing B-1B Lancer

Nicknamed “The Bone,” the B-1B Lancer is a long-range, multi-mission, supersonic conventional bomber, which has served the United States Air Force since 1985. The aircraft is on track to continue flying out to 2040 and beyond. Originally designed for nuclear capabilities, the B-1 switched to an exclusively conventional combat role in the mid-1990s. In 1999, during Operation Allied Force, six…

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