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Hellcat over Carrier for Pacific WarThe Pacific War:

Power and


June 10 & 11

Symposiums at 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m

Followed by Meet-and-Greet


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 challenges of living 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.



One of the Pacific War panelists, Lt. Col. Doug Canning, flew in military service for 28 years through three wars. On April 19, 1943, he and a handpicked group of P-38 pilots flew in loose formation fifty feet above the ocean in pursuit of a target. Their mission was to shoot down a Japanese bomber that was transporting the number one top military strategist of the Japanese Imperial forces. These men had been ordered not to return until that man was dead. His name: Yamamoto. The same Yamamoto who had ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor. The mission was completed as ordered.


Yamamota mission survivors with Doug Canning

Survivors of the Yamamota mission pose in front of a P-38. Doug Canning: front row, 2nd from left.


Don't miss the chance to meet remarkable heroes of the Pacific War and to learn history from the people who lived it.




Fathers Day 2011 ad


F3FandHagemannGrumman F3F
and Pilot Reunited

"Junior" Hagemann had no children of his own. He died in Maui during the summer of 1941--piloting one of three Navy Grumman F3F aircraft that crashed into the side of Haleakala during a foggy night training mission. His aircraft was identified as #1028.


Hagemann documents May 2011
"Junior" Hagemann's flying documents.

However, Junior had four brothers who refused to forget their dashing brother's courage. They shared stories of the "devastatingly handsome lieutenant" with their own children, who grew up with their uncle close to their hearts. Eventually the children started following up on clues about their uncle's legend, sleuthing out more details, travelling far and wide to learn about his life... and to connect to his story.  


As it turns out, the wreckage of Junior's aircraft had been retrieved more than 40 years after the crash. From the remains of that aircraft and several other F3Fs, three flying F3Fs were built, including one that was eventually acquired by Fantasy of Flight and bears the military identifier #1028.  


John Hagemann and F3F May 2011
John Hagemann visits his uncle's military aircraft.

By tracing the military identification number, Junior's niece Nancy Hagemann of Kansas City, KS, concluded her search at Fantasy of Flight, with Junior's flying documents in hand. She presented them to Kermit Weeks, Fantasy of Flight owner, who has had them preserved and permanently placed in the Grumman F3F. A few days later, Junior's nephew John Hagemann, of Texarkana, TX, dropped by to visit with his uncle's plane and share more legends of Junior with staff.


Fantasy of Flight is honored to be the keeper of Junior Hagemann's documents. We offer admiration for the abiding love of his brothers and their children in preserving the memory of a remarkable young man.

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In this Issue:


Legends and Legacies--Pacific War: Power and Pursuit 


Fathers Day Discounts: Fantasy of Flight Loves Dads!


Brave Pilot Reunited with His Aircraft


Military Collectors Show features Joe Kittinger


Reflections on D-Day Legends


Let's Stuff the Bus


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MilitaryCollectorsMilitary Collectors Show Features Aviation Legend Joe Kittinger
Joe Kittinger Life Cover

Joe Kittinger's record-breaking parachute jump.

As part of the "Pacific War" weekend, on June 11 (Saturday ONLY) Fantasy of Flight will present a Military Collectors Show, featuring collectibles from the Civil War to the Vietnam era including medals, insignia, and other military memorabilia. The event will take place in the Orlampa Conference Center at Fantasy of Flight.


Expected to attend is

Joe Kittinger II, former Command Pilot and career military officer in the United States Air Force, who will be available for book signing.  Kittinger is most famous for holding the records for having the highest, fastest, and longest skydive and as being the first man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon.


Admission to the Collector's Show is FREE with paid General Admission to Fantasy of Flight. Or $6.00 at the door for Collector's Show only.

Looking back on May's Legends & Legacies--


DDayVetsReflectionD-Day Legends Leave a Big Impression  


D-Day panel full house May 13 2011
Symposiums packed the O-Club.

The extraordinary heroes who made up the D-Day symposium panel received richly-deserved recognition from crowds and a special surprise when the Valiant Air Command landed their Normandy-veteran C-47 "Tico Belle" on the field. The panelists were ushered aboard and given a memorable flight 'round the patch... but no landing in France! Check out the fun video of their flight.


Tico Bell C-47 on ramp May 2011
"Tico Belle" joined the lineup of D-Day veterans.


It's Time to Stuff the Bus

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StufftheBusPartnering with the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven, Fantasy of Flight is proud to help "Stuff The Bus" by collecting school supplies to benefit the Polk Education Foundation. As a thank you, Fantasy of Flight is offering visitors who donate school supply items from the accepted list $5 off full-priced adult general admission for each donation, through September 30. 


Review the list of the much-needed school supplies that will qualify for the admission discount and provide support to Polk County school children. The admission discount will only apply for items listed and donated school supplies must be presented at the attraction's admissions counter to qualify for the discount.  Not valid with any other offers, discounts, annual passes or special events.