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The National Air and Space Society presents:

Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night

Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass USN (Ret)

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Lecturer: Captain Dale "Snort" Snodgrass USN (Ret), Legendary F-14 Tomcat pilot
Thursday, November 3, 2011
8:00 pm
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Museum in Washington, DC

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In Celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. 

The first Navy Flight School graduate to be selected for F-14 Tomcat training, Capt. Dale “Snort” Snodgrass was the Navy’s Fighter Pilot of the Year in 1985. The former Top Gun instructor also holds the distinction of having logged the most hours as an F-14 Pilot (4,800) and has completed over 1,200 carrier arrested landings. He served 12 operational tours, including command of Fighter Squadron 33 during Desert Storm and as Commander of Fighter Wing Atlantic, which included all of the Navy’s F-14s. He received numerous awards and distinctions and retired from the Navy in 1999 after 26 years of service.

Captain Snodgrass has performed in over 850 airshows over the course of 20 years in such legendary planes as the F-14 Tomcat, F-86 Sabre, MiG 15, MiG 17, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, Curtiss P-40, T-6 Texan/Harvard and 8KCAB Super Decathlon. Dale has been designated one of only ten USAF Heritage Flight Pilots.

The lecture is for members of the Museum’s National Air and Space Society and their guests only. There is no charge for Society members to attend, but advance reservations are required. If you are already a member, visit to reserve tickets. If you would like to become a member, visit Membership dues directly support the National Air and Space Museum and begin at just $35.

There will also be a buffet dinner reception before the lecture with Capt. Snodgrass for Society members at the Mercury Friendship 7 level and higher. For more information, call 202.633.2603 or email

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