Richard C. Kirkland flew 103 combat missions in P-38 and P-47 fighters with the famed “Flying Knight” squadron in the southwest Pacific during World War II. He flew one mission with Charles Lindbergh who was teaching fuel economy during the war. After World War II, Richard participated in the atomic bomb test “Operation Greenhouse.” During the Korean War he flew 69 helicopter missions rescuing downed airmen from behind enemy lines and evacuating wounded to the 8055 MASH. After his military career he was a demonstration pilot for Hughes Aircraft where he later served in a management capacity. He documented his amazing experiences in sketches and paintings. After his retirement, these were published in magazines and five books. Richard C. Kirkland is a true aviation pioneer.
The lecture is for members of the Museum’s National Air and Space Society. There is no charge to attend, but advance reservations are required. Visit www.nasm.si.edu/membertickets to reserve a space beginning September 13, 2010. Seating is limited.
There will also be a buffet reception before the lecture with Mr. Kirkland for Society members at the Mercury Friendship 7 membership level and higher. For more information, call 202.633.2603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum’s doors on Jefferson Avenue will be closed for the evening. Please use the Independence Avenue entrance.