NMUSAF to Commemorate Veterans Day

USAF Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kenneth Normand will speak with visitors about his experience as a pilot on the KC-97L. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate Veterans Day by offering visitors a special opportunity to interact with more than 25 veterans who will be stationed at aircraft throughout the museum as part of the “Plane Talks” program on Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Included among the veterans scheduled to be on-hand are a retired crew chief and flight nurse, as well as navigators, pilots and engineers who have flown on aircraft such as the A-24, AC-130, B-25, B-58, C-47, C-123, C-124, C-130, C-141, F-4, F-22, F-89, F-101, F-105, HU-16, HH-3, KC-97, RF-4, SR-71, T-39, UH-P1 and VC-137C (Air Force One).

In addition a former museum curator will speak about the B-17G Flying Fortress exhibit, a retired Army paratrooper will offer insight into the B-29, a Navy electrician mate will discuss his experience with the P-61, a retired combat crew commander will discuss his experience with the Minuteman III missile, and a ground launch security briefer will explain the capabilities of the BGM-109G Ground Launched Cruise Missile, or GLCM.

Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and interact with these aviation experts, who will tell personal stories and offer first-hand knowledge about the aircraft and exhibits. To see the complete list of veterans and their aircraft locations, visit  http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

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