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Living History Flying Day - P-47G Thunderbolt

Jul 1, 2017


WHAT: Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on July 1, 2017, featuring the Republic P-47G Thunderbolt. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. At 12:00 noon, the 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.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We had hoped our P-47 Thunderbolt would be available for the July 1st event.  It has been in maintenance off site for several months and is not finished. However, we have four WWII P-47 pilots scheduled to attend who will be sharing their experiences flying the P-47 in combat during WWII. We are replacing the flight demonstration of the P-47 with the rarely flown Seversky AT-12/P-35, the only flying example of its type in the world and a direct ancestor of the P-47 Thunderbolt. See you at the event!

The Museum is open to the Public, General Admission is $11; for children 11 yrs and under, admission is $4. ages 4 and under are FREE! (excludes special events) FREE Living History Flying Day Admission for Planes of Fame Members! Click here to become a Member!

Click here to get are coupon for $2.00 off one adult admission for this event!


Click on image at right to see the P-47 in action:


EVENT SPEAKERS:


WHO: Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Sandy Ross was a Cal Aero Academy student graduate. After pilot training during WW2, Sandy transitioned to the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter at Strother Field, Kansas. Assigned to the European theater of operations, Sandy received orders to train for combat at Atcham Field in Shrewsbury, England. In June of 1944, he was assigned to the 390th Fighter Squadron (366th Fighter Group) stationed at airfield A-70 near Laon-Couvron, France, following the invasion of Normandy. As a P-47 fighter pilot, Sandy Ross is credited with downing two German Fw 190 fighters and completed 51 combat missions. One of those downings saved the life of his wingman (the squadron leader). Sandy was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for this victory and for other mission accomplishments. After the war, Sandy left active duty and transitioned to the reserves. He became a helicopter pilot, flying the H-23 Raven, with the Army National Guard and later switched to the Army Reserve. Sandy is a past president of the P-47 Pilots Association.

Captain Tom Glenn, USAAF (Ret.) will also be speaking. Tom was a U.S. Army 9th Tactical Air Force Fighter Pilot in World War II. His book, "P-47 Pilots: The Fighter-Bomber Boys", describes his combat experiences during low altitude, perilous, ground attacks on German targets. Tom relates in his book the rough and rugged job of P-47 combat pilots who loved their powerful "Jugs", as they affectionately called their P-47s. As you read his book, you join the Fighter-Bomber Boys as they terrorize the crack German ground troops and battle-wise panzer divisions. Live with a squadron of these glory hungry air warriors who dive into battle at 5mph with their bombs, and fight at treetop level with their machine guns. Glenn vividly conveys what it was like to fly the magnificent Thunderbolt into combat, and tells how WWIIs maniacal P-47 pilots lived life in the fast lane, on and off duty.

Joseph G. Preston, Lt. USAF (Ret.) will be contributing to the presentation as a WWII veteran P-47 pilot. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1943 after completing 1 1/2 years at Santa Monica Community College. He was first sent to University of Nebraska and then to primary flight training at Thunderbird field in Scotsdale, AZ. then on to Pecos, TX for intermediate training (BT=13). Subsequently, he went back to Luke Field in Phoenix for AT6 & P-40 training. Following Phoenix, Joe was ordered to Abilene for P47 training. After completing about a year of that training, he went to Baton Rouge LA, then was sent to England and Cherbrough where he joined the 386 squadron, 365 Fighter Group. After about his 30th mission, Joe's plane was hit by flack and the tail was on fire, but he bellied in and after following a riverbed a couple of miles, he was rescued by some French underground farmers that had observed his plane going down. They led him back to Allied lines. He resumed his missions, but once again was hit by flack and was flying blind because of oil all over him. Once again he bellied in, but this time was captured by the Germans. He was interred in Munich Stalag for about 3 months before being freed by General Patton's Army at the end of the war. There were 30,000 POW's in that one Stalag. Lt. Preston completed 50 ground attack missions in the P-47 Thunderbolt. He will share about his unique European Theatre missions, including his harrowing P.O.W. experience. Joe currently resides in Placentia, CA.

Selwyn Lurie was a 135 RAF Fighter Squadron combat pilot in Burma, against the Japanese, and in North Africa where he flew against the Germans during World War II. His missions included escorting bombers and flying ground support missions. He flew Hurricanes and P-47 Thunderbolts. He flew for the South African Air Force. Lurie crashed 5 times, all in friendly territory, but the last was the worst where he hit the ground hard and sustained injuries.

Lurie’s home town is Durbin, South Africa, where he had an accounting business. He has lived in Israel, South Africa and Zimbabwe. During his civilian career, Lurie assisted in the planning of the city of Ashkelon, Israel. He served as a CEO in South Africa in several large manufacturing companies. His grandparents died in the Holocaust. Lurie and his wife are Jewish and they reside in San Diego County.

Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) moderates and joins in the presentation.

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 2017, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.

WHERE
: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA 91710-9085

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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