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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 September 6 event is ‘Fork-Tailed Devil', featuring the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. Our distinguished speakers today are Don Oldis and Lynn Shubert. The P-38 Honey Bunny will be on display. At 12:00 noon, the Membership Sponsored raffle flight will occur in the P-51 Spam Can/Dolly. Become a member to enter the raffle. All members are eligible to enter the raffle, but you must be present to win.
WHO: Don A. Oldis, Lt. Col. U.S.A.F. (Ret.), was a fighter pilot and wing flying safety officer in U.S. Air Force with 30 years of flying experience. Don served in the 11th Air Force, 20th Air Force, and Air National Guard in Iowa, Oklahoma, and California. His active duty dates were November 1942 to September 1946 and April 1951 to December 1952; Reserve dates from 1946 to 1951 and 1952 to 1972. He fought in WWII, Korea, Vietnam (Vietnam as Air Guard Pilot) with campaigns in WWII, Aleutian Islands, Korea (special ops). Don’s citations and awards include the Army Good Conduct, Air Force Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Korean Theater, Vietnam Theater and National Defense Medals.
During the cold war, Don was one of those American warfighters that had the terrifying responsibility of manning his aircraft, flying to his target and without hesitation, dropping his nuclear weapon. Lt. Col. Oldis was one of these exceptional pilots who had the iron will to execute what amounted to a suicide mission during the cold war, delivering swift and devastating retaliation on enemy forces. It is pilots like Don who provided a vital deterrence to WWIII.
Lynn Schubert joined the Army Air Force at the beginning of WWII. He trained in Alameda, CA and flew the P-39 AiraCobra (a rotten trainer says Lynn). He was sent to Southern Italy to fly the P-38 Lighting. Lynn was engaged in several dogfights flying with his squadron. On one mission, he lost an engine to enemy fire over Germany and made it back 400 miles to Southern Italy on only one engine and crash landed at the air base and walked away from the wreck.
Lynn was also assigned to recon flying mostly through the nights and all alone checking weather conditions and targets for the next day's bombing runs. He reported directly to the Generals from his P-38 while flying back to base. Lynn is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal.
Lynn returned home after his service in the European Theater and began a career on stage in New York and was in a play with Spencer Tracy. He then came out to California and was in several television shows including Have Gun Will Travel with Richard Boone. He also on Gun Smoke with James Arness to name name a few.
Lynn also had a birthday party with Betty White who was born on the same day as Lynn. Lynn lives in Mission Viejo with his second wife Betty and is currently working on his autobiography.
Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) and Edward Maloney (Museum Founder & Curator, and Aviation Historian) moderate and join in the presentation.
WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 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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