This Saturday – October 7, 2023 – we’ve got another great series of presentations for “Hangar Talk,” and a very special “Flying Demo” as we “enter the jet age” with the flight of the Museum’s North American F-86F “Sabre” jet!
Doors to the Museum will open at 9:00am. Regular admission prices are in effect and Museum Members always get in free!
Here’s What’s Happening During Hangar Talk
“Revisiting the Korean War – Seventy Years Later”
In honor of today’s “Flying Demo” of the F-86 “Sabre” jet – the U.S. Air Force’s primary fighter-interceptor of the Korean War – we’re going to take a trip back to better understand “The Forgotten War” fought from 1950 until 1953 on the Korean peninsula. The Museum’s Brian Finnegan will take us step-by-step through the back and forth conflict that turned the Cold War “hot” for thirty-seven months and resulted in the deaths of several million people. Along the way, we’ll talk about the role that aircraft played in this devastating war.
“Ike and the Airplane – In War and in Peace”
Dwight D. Eisenhower is famous as the general who led the Allies to victory in the European theater of World War II, and as the nation’s 34th President , he led the United States in the opening stages of the Cold War. Few know that he is a pivotal figure in aviation as well. Portraying “ Ike,” is one of the Museum’s historical interpreters David S. Michaels, who will recount the great soldier and statesman’s long love affair with the airplane and how it helped him secure victory in WWII and peace in Korea.
TED Talk: “Otto Lilienthal: Sacrifices Must Be Made”
The Museum’s Ted Mount will tell us another tale from the history of aviation – this one of perhaps its earliest pioneer, a man who made over 2,000 flights and used this experience to document his experiences and provide a glimpse into what worked, and what didn’t as it applied to man’ quest to reach for the skies. His life, and his work formed the basis of many who followed in his footsteps, including those two brothers from Ohio who put aviation on the map.
Flying Demo of the North American F-86F “Sabre” jet
At 12:15pm, David Willis of the Museum will present the “Flying Demo of the North American F-86F “Sabre” jet. David will briefly explain how this aircraft went from a drawing board concept of a straight-winged, low powered early jet aircraft into a swept-wing marvel that excelled in combat.
Following David’s presentation, the Museum’s F-86F “Sabre” will then start up its powerful (and loud) General Electric J-47 turbojet engine directly in front of the crowd. Pilot Chris Fahey will taxi the aircraft away, and we’ll hold our Member’s Only Raffle Drawing. Then Chris will delight us with an aerial demonstration of the “Sabre” with a flight over the Museum for twenty minutes. Upon return, guests may meet and ask questions of Chris and learn first-hand what it’s like to fly one of America’s first jet aircraft and one that went on to a legacy of service around the world.
In addition to all of the above, we’ll have food trucks on hand, our Museum Guides will tell you the stories of the Museum and its world-renowned collection, they’ll be fun for the kids, and our B-17 will be open for visitors to tour the inside. A great way to spend the day at Planes of Fame!