7th of January, 2023
We're kicking off Hangar Talk in 2023 with several informative and fun topics and a Flying Demo of the North American P-51D 'Mustang'. Here's the line-up for our January 7, 2023 event. Doors to the Museum will open at 9:00am and Hangar Talk will begin at 10:30am in the Maloney Hangar.
It's that time again when we present the winning entries in our annual Student Art Contest. We had enough entries to fill a C-47 and it was incredibly tough to narrow the field, let alone pick three winners in each of our three categories. But guests at the annual Taste of Flight Gala last November picked the winning entries and we'll be presenting them with with awards during this brief ceremony. This is loads of fun, you'll see the winning entries and cheer on the winners as they receive their prizes.
Jim Llano of the Museum will present Part 2 in our series commemorating the 91st Bomb Group during World War II. This session will focus on the formation of those early Heavy Bomb Groups and of the 91st Group in particular. We'll meet some of the early leaders and experience their training and transfer to England. And we'll see how through some clever actions, they ended up with one of the best locations from which to operate.
We're thrilled to have author and photographer John Slemp join us to talk about his new book, "Bomber Boys - World War II Flight Jacket Art." John has spent the past several years photographing these standard issue jackets that were worn by bomber and fighter pilots throughout the theaters of World War II. Along the way, John learned some fascinating stories about the men and their missions that will enlighten and entertain.
Ted Mount kicks off 2023 with a look back at America's first female aviator. A remarkable woman, Blanche Stuart Scott set a number of "firsts" both in the air and on the ground. Ted will look at Blanche's life and show us how we too can still experience the challenges and thrills of "first times."
Probably no other aircraft "speaks" World War II than the P-51D "Mustang." A remarkable aircraft that combined streamlined design with speed and power, the Mustang played a role in virtually every theater that the United States Army Air Force flew in. Guests will be treated to a brief outdoor presentation followed by the engine start of her powerful 12-cylinder Merlin-engine. After taxi, the Mustang will fly over the Museum for twenty minutes and upon her return, guests can talk and ask questions with the Mustang's pilot.
We'll have the B-17 open to visitors, historical re-enactors, our Museum Guides, and activities for the kids. There will be food trucks on site or you can use your entry sticker to get 10 percent off your bill at Flo's Airport Cafe.
Hope to see you all at the Museum on Saturday, January 7, 2023!