Join Fantasy of Flight as we present American heroes who bravely and honorably fought for our country. These are rare opportunities to learn American history through the eyes of those who made it and those committed to sharing their amazing legacies.
D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy
10:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Followed by meet-and-greet opportunities.
Encounter courageous men who participated in one of the greatest surprise attacks ever, the assault that led to the liberation of WWII Europe: D-Day. The Normandy Invasion came overnight with parachute and glider landings, naval bombardments, massive air attacks, and amphibious beachfront assaults. Months in the making, it required the coordination of thousands of Allied Forces and was an operation so mammoth that once set in motion, there was no turning back.
Currently scheduled to appear:
Chief Master Sgt Richard Ortega: Most decorated veteran in US military history.
Clifford Kantz: C-47 Pilot - Dropped paratroopers and paragliders
Howard Huebner: Paratrooper
Andre Laferriere: Boatswains mate 2nd class/landing craft
The Pacific War: Power and Pursuit
Initiated on December 7, 1941, with the attack on Pearl Harbor, The Pacific War pitted Allied powers against the Empire of Japan, engaging the U.S. for the first time in battle with a non-European enemy in his theatre of operations. The cultural and strategic requirements would test the spirit and strength of all combatants--on land, sea, and in the air. The challenge of life on aircraft carriers and remote islands, the engagement of fearsome kamikaze, and the legacy of the atomic bomb are just a few of many possible topics.
Learn more about all the Legends & Legacies programs here.
Looking back on
Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle
Last month's Legends & Legacies program featured the wit and wisdom of Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, granddaughter of General James Doolittle, a legend of 20th century aviation. A spirited presentation celebrating General Doolittle's life and accomplishments thrilled guests. Ms. Hoppes was eager to share her motivation for telling her dad's story: "The reason I talk today is because every story is an important part of the fabric of who we are. My price for being here is for you to find a way to record your own story. Our history will be lost is we don't do our part to protect it." All of us at Fantasy of Flight soundly agree!
|Jonna Doolittle Hoppes and the Gee Bee R-2, one of many aircraft flown by her legendary dad, Jimmy Doolittle |