Fantasy of Flight E-news

February 2011


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Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Meet Tuskegee Airmen 
You can feel the excitement building at Fantasy of Flight as everyone looks forward to "They Dared to Fly" on February 10, 11, and 12, featuring genuine Tuskegee Airmen. These three days of symposiums and special events are part of Fantasy of Flight's Legends & Legacies program.

Featured Airmen include Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Lt. Col. Raymond Cassagnol, Lt. Col. Leo Gray, Lt. Col. George Hardy, and Dr. Hiram Mann, as well as Legacy Panelist Roy Archer (son of the late Lt. Col. Lee Archer).


Well known aviation writer Jamie Beckett will moderate the symposium events. While digging deeply into the history of these fascinating heroes, Mr. Beckett will emphasize their relevance to audiences today. "It's more than heroic flying and overcoming segregation. These guys have remarkable insight into what it takes to face any serious challenge and to overcome it." Jamie writes passionately on this very topic on the website

Hot Tuskegee News!!!


Student Essay Competition deadline has been extended to February 28: 

Click here to learn more about the essay contest and to download an entry form.


Exclusive luncheon with the Tuskegee Airmen on Friday, February 11. Join these amazing men in an intimate setting and get the opportunity to share their adventures one-on-one. For luncheon reservations, click here


Dr. Brown, Lt. Col. Gray, and Dr. Mann engage and inspire 2010 symposium guests. (Photo: Don Keeton Photography)


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Phase 2 of our popular paranormal investigations continues as we dig deeper into the mysterious female spirit "M" in the Officers Club; the new approach in the Carrier Deck with the cluster of Naval carrier-based aircraft; the expansion of the investigation into new areas, especially the Restoration Shop; and the EVP experience within the PBY Catalina.


Reservations are now open for the February 26 and March 5 nightFlight events. 

Click here to register or to learn more!

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What's the latest buzz from the Aircraft Department?


Fantasy of Flight just acquired a gorgeous, very rare P-39 propeller for its Airacobra project. This type aircraft was the first fighter to sport tricycle undercarriage and the first to place the engine behind the pilot. Check out this cool P-39 video that is making the rounds! An inspiring story about the plane and the legacy of those who built them.


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For those of you with an eye on the Benoist project (scheduled to fly in 2014 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first commercial passenger flight), the Roberts 6X engine has been shipped to Ohio, where Steve Litten of Vintage & Auto Rebuild is duplicating it.


The TP-40 is back in the air again, sporting a new carburetor. (Carburetors seem to be in season: the B-25 is getting two new ones and the Duck is getting a new one too!)


Curtiss Robin on field

The Machine Shop is rebuilding a classic Curtiss OX5 engine, destined for the Curtiss Robin, which should be flying again very soon. This type aircraft has a very colorful history as a record-setter and as the airplane of choice for "Wrong Way" Corrigan. 


In this Issue:

nightFlight Paranormal Investigation dates


Secrets from the Maintenance Hangar: Current Projects


Chef Corry Dishes Diner Delights (Plus Healthy Options)


Kermit's Cookin' too


Mark Your Calendar


Connect with Us


A True Flyer



ChefCorryChef Cory Adds a Spark to the Compass Rose
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Fantasy of Flight guests are starting to feel the impact of Chef Cory Reynold's talents on the daily fare served at the Compass Rose Diner. New items are being featured as daily specials, including healthful options and brand new soups.


Keep an eye out for a fresh menu that preserves diner faves while adding some new items as well! 

CookinMenKermit is a Cookin' Man Too


Pots and pans are rattling at all hours in Fantasy of Flight's kitchen as owner Kermit Weeks and Chef Cory collaborate to devise a wonderful surprise for the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation fundraiser "Cookin' Men 2011."


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All we know is that Kermit and Corry's unique dish involves rum and cake... and more rum! And it smells delicious.

UpcomingEventsUpcoming Events 


Breaking All Barriers: The Amazing Women of World War II (Part of Legends & Legacies Symposium Series)

March 4-5


Boy Scout Camporee: Get your Aviation Merit Badge and experience an unforgettable weekend!

March 18-20


Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle

(Part of Legends & Legacies Symposium Series)

April 15-16



The Blue Max: Vintage and World War I R/C aircraft competition

April 15-17


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ATrueFlyerbookcoverLt. Col. Jay W. Moore piloted the original "Apache Princess" B-25, which is tributed by the B-25 in "The World's Greatest Aircraft Collection" at Fantasy of Flight. His book A True Flyer will be out soon.

"My heartfelt thanks go out to guys like Joe Moore and all the other WWII veterans for the contributions they've made to safeguard the freedoms we American's hold so dear. I can only hope the restoration of my B-25 in the colors of the Apache Princess will help perpetuate their story for many generations to come!" -- Kermit Weeks