Fantasy of Flight E-news

March 2011

2011 Mustangs

MustangsWho Doesn't Love a Mustang...

... whether it's a Ford Mustang from any era or a P-51 World War II fighter?


Fantasy of Flight's thrilling annual spring car and vintage airplane show, now in its 14th year, is the only Mustang event that showcases both restored P-51 Mustang aircraft and Ford Mustang autos of all eras, ages, and styles.



Show cars compete for a "People's Choice" award and the rare, restored P-51 fighters perform live aerial demonstrations. Children's activities, entertainment, and photo opportunities are part of the special event, which each year attracts new fans with a shared passion for the restoration of aircraft and automobiles. Learn more!

Legends Legacies banner 2011 


In honor of Women's History Month, Fantasy of Flight's Legends & Legacies Symposium series continues with "Breaking All Barriers: The Amazing Women of WWII" on March 4 & 5, 2011.  This program will feature original WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) and also celebrate other ladies who filled non-traditional roles such as "Rosie the Riveter."

  Historical photo of four WASP          Rosie the Riveter We Can Do It


During WWII many women found their opportunities and responsibilities expanded as the men went off to war.  From the bravery of the WASP, the first females to fly military aircraft, to the strength and motivation that was symbolized by women joining the male-dominated work force, the women of WWII made an impact on our society and the world.

Kermit and WASP 2010

Kermit Weeks and WASP, 2010. Photo by William A. Ruzin.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet and share in the adventures of these inspiring women.


Learn more about all the Legends & Legacies programs here. 



 More Symposium News! 

TuskegeeAHitTuskegee Airmen Light that Spark Within


Record-breaking crowds of Tuskegee Airmen fans of all ages gathered for the inspiring words of their legendary heroes at the February symposiums. 


2011 Tuskegee and crowd

 A local teacher praises the program:

     Tuskegee teacher letter final


 April Legends and Legacies Program

DoolittleEventCalculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle

  J. Doolittle in bomber

Join us on April 15-16 for a touching tribute to the extraordinary life of Jimmy Doolittle as told by his granddaughter and author, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, who will present an intimate view of the life of this aviation pioneer and World War II hero who led the famous Doolittle Raiders. Learn more about Ms. Hoppes and her work. 

  The Blue Max GraphicBlueMaxThe Blue Max: Scale R/C Challenge and Fly-In


Save the date for the Premiere Vintage and WWI Era R/C Aircraft Competition: April 15, 16 and 17, 2011 at Fantasy of Flight. This three-day event will feature an adjudicated Static Judging and Fly-In Competition with awards for static display and aerial maneuvers. Aircraft is limited to those built between 1903 and 1919.


Click here to download and print The Blue Max participant registration form.


Preregister from now until 4.10.2011. Onsite registration Thursday 4.14.2011 from 3-6 p.m. & Friday 4.15.2011 from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.


For Flight Rules & Rules of Engagement, click here.



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In this Issue:

Mustangs and Mustangs Warming Up their Engines


Tuskegee Symposiums a Hit!


James Doolittle Event Coming Up in April


Get Ready for the Blue Max 


Riveting Rosie Joins the Amazing Women


Splash In: Spring Break for Pilots


Celebrating Willow Run and the legendary B-24 Liberator


Mark Your Calendars


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 RosieRivetsRosie Rivets Your Attention! 
Rosie riveting 2011
As part of "The Amazing Women of WWII" symposium program, Rosie the Riveter will present a lively and powerful lesson all about how to rivet and the importance of working together.

Great for kids and adults. Rosie and Guests 2011
We Can Do It!
SplashIn2011 Splash-In:
Where the Toys Are--Spring Break for Pilots!
 Splash In 2011 artwork vert 

Fantasy of Flight is thrilled to be hosting the Splash-In on Thursday, March 31st, as part of the 37th Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In.

Witness a variety of seaplanes and amphibious aircraft perform water landings and takeoffs with the entire afternoon devoted to competitive flying. Fantasy of Flight's own Grumman Duck is scheduled to be featured at the event. Learn more and prepare for a blast!


WillowRunVideo Tribute to Willow Run: Cradle of the B-24 Liberator
 B-24 in Maint Hangar

Bob H. of Cincinnati, a loyal friend of Fantasy of Flight, forwarded a wonderful link about the birthplace of the collection's B-24 Liberator: Willow Run, Michigan. Rosie the Riveter and her pals managed to roll one out every 55 minutes at the height of production. Take a walk down memory lane and prepare to be amazed at what a motivated nation can do when folks work together. 

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


Sun 'n Fun Splash In: Seaplanes and amphibious aircraft fun.

March 31


14th Annual Mustangs & Mustangs: The only Mustang event in Florida that features P-51 Mustang warbirds and Mustang automobiles.

April 2


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