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WHAT: Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Event. The topic for the November 1 event is ‘Flying Leathernecks', featuring the Vought F4U-1A Corsair. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured (see below), followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The F4U will be on display and perform a flight demonstration. At 12:00 noon, the Membership Sponsored raffle flight will occur. Become a member to enter the raffle. All members are eligible to enter the raffle, but you must be present to win.
WHO: LCDR. Tom McBride (USN Ret.), a retired WW-2 fighter pilot, enjoyed a remarkable military career flying Corsair fighters from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Bennington. After the war, Tom remained in the Navy until 1961. He will also be signing his book.
Colonel Richard Watson (USMC Ret.) Joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1943 with a desire to fly. He attended Naval flight school at El Toro Marine Base in Southern California, and flew missions in Corsairs in the Marshall Islands and Okinawa, Japan, and survived a kamikaze attack. Richard also flew missions in the Korean War, flying ground support. Richard retired from the USMC in 1972.
Tom Cleaver will have copies of his book, "Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15" for sale at the event. The books are all signed by Jim Duffy of VF-15, the last living ace to have scored at the Marianas Turkey Shoot and the Battles of Leyte Gulf, two of the greatest naval battles in history. Books are $35, cash only please.
1st Lt. George T. Lovelace (USMC Ret.) flew F4U Corsairs during WWII a Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry adn intrepidity as pilot of an artillery spotting plane in Marine Observation Squadron One (VMO-1) during action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, August 6, 1944. Flying twelve miles behind the Japanese lines in an unarmed an unarmored aircraft. Lt. Lovelace located an enemy concentration and, dropping to an altitude of seventy-five feet, determined the presence of seventy-five trucks, three tanks and numerous troops. Defying intense ground file, he continued to fly over the area until artillery file could be directed on the target.
SSGT Steve Smith (USMC Ret.) enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1979 and retired as Staff Sergeant Motor Transport Operator/Motor Transport Chief in 199. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, the 9th Marine Corps District HQ, Kansas City, MO. He served two tours: in Okinawa and MCAS El Toro. Steve was assistant curator at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum from 1999-2008. Currently, Steve is the Curator of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum based at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, CA.
Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) will present an overview of the F4U Corsair and some of its combat operations.
WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.
WHERE: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 7000 Merrill Avenue #17, Chino, CA 91710
WHY: It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.
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