After the invention of the airplane, it moved from being just an invention to a viable technology. A fledging aircraft industry began and the military began adding airplanes to its arsenal. This family program will focus on the impact and contributions of women and men in military aviation history over the past century. Through guest speakers, a “Living Legends of Military Aviation” panel discussion, docent-led tours, book signings, Discovery Stations, hands-on activities, and Flights of Fancy Story Time for our youngest guests, visitors will learn about the pilot training and the skills needed to fly and maneuver these aircraft.
Guest Speakers - 11:30am & 1:30pm (Boeing Aviation Hangar, entrance to WWII Gallery)
Living Legends of Military Aviation Panel Discussion
* Peter Jakab, NASM Associate Director Curatorial Department, Moderator
* William Broadwater - Original Tuskegee Airman
* Dik Daso - National Air and Space Museum Military Collection Curator, USAF Fighter Pilot (Ret.) and USAF Academy graduate
* Tony Marshall- USAF fighter pilot (Ret.), USAF Academy graduate and Vietnam POW
* John C. Stratton - Major, USAF, Asst Director of Operations 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan; also featured in IMAX Film, “Fighter Pilot” *(tentative)
* Col. (Ret.) Adelbert “Buz” Carpenter - USAF Academy graduate and SR-71 Blackbird pilot
Don't miss the outdoor aviation display!