April 15, 16, and 17 at Fantasy of Flight
The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle
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.
James Doolittle's aviation accomplishments represent a cross section of the most thrilling and innovative components of the 20th century. Racer, record-breaker, scientist, academic, strategist, soldier, leader, survivor, war hero. Despite being a risk taker (first outside loop ever) and speed demon (won all the major racing trophies), he valued science over instinct, evident in his pioneering work in instrument flight. Even so, he engineered and led one of the most bold and courageous air missions of all time: the raid on Tokyo, which compromised the morale of the enemy and rebuilt the hope of Americans.
Learn more about Ms. Hoppes and her work.
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|Connie Returns to her Glory
Frequent visitors to Fantasy of Flight have noticed that the beloved Lockheed Super Constellation L-1649-A Starliner has returned to its position of pride near the front gates AND has gotten some new paint. This extraordinary aircraft never fails to animate the memories of those days when passenger flight was romantic and exciting--worth dressing up for!
Ralph Petterson, who tracks all the latest "Constellation News" for conniesurvivors.com, just published notes from his expedition to Fantasy of Flight's Connie, which warmed all our hearts and gave a nod to the fascinating history of the Connie.
The color scheme harkens back to its glory days in the service of Lufthansa Airlines in the late '50s and lease-duty as the "Air Force One" for Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of Germany.
|Mustangs Sparkled on Land and in the Sky
The roar of the classic Rolls Royce Merlin was met with the growl of the classic Ford engine as Fantasy of Flight's 14th Annual Mustangs & Mustangs went off without a hitch.
This thrilling event sparkled on a sunny Saturday! Over 450 Mustang car owners earned the admiration of many as their gorgeous autos reflected in the shine of their namesake, the legendary WWII P-51 Mustang aircraft.
Despite the years, both versions of the Mustang are certifiably sexy beasts! And Mustangs & Mustangs still can't be beat for fun and excitement.
|Busy Boy Scout Camporee
Over 500 scouts enjoyed an unforgettable mid-March camporee weekend at Fantasy of Flight, learning all about aviation, camping, and earning the coveted Aviation badge. Among the many thrills was hanging out with Kermit Weeks and Barrington Irving, the youngest man ever to fly round the world solo!