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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: Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) will present an overview of the F4U Corsair and some of its combat operations.

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.

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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