Learn about robotics at Family Day Free event takes place Jan. 15
Commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Mars rovers by learning about the exciting field of robotics during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15. Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities including: aerospace demonstration stations that teach fun and simple aerospace principles, such as the role of robotics in the Air Force, examples of robotic toys and working robotics; storytime at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. with stories about robots and Mars travel; and the opportunity to make your own robotic "hand" end effector during the Aerospace Adventure from 1:30-3 p.m. Click here for more information about this month's activities.
Reconnaissance is topic of lecture Taylor Eubank will speak on Jan. 26
Taylor Eubank presents "Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid: Unarmed Reconnaissance During the Vietnam Conflict" during the Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26 in the museum's Carney Auditorium. During his presentation, Eubank will illustrate the Vietnam experience from high above in the midst of SAM barrages and AAA flak traps; from beneath a hooch attending to the 94th running of the Kentucky Derby; through perilous nighttime photo missions and ejection into the Jaws of the Cat of Death; through incredible acts of bravery and dastardly acts of cowardice; and through hijinks on the ground between flights. Click here for biographical information about Eubank.
Web page kicks off SEA anniversary
Learn about upcoming events, exhibits
In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Air Force campaign during the Southeast Asia War, the museum is in the process of renovating the Southeast Asia War portion of its Modern Flight Gallery. In addition, the museum will host events related to the Southeast Asia War throughout 2011 and the coming years. Visit the Southeast Asia War 50th Anniversary page to stay up-to-date on events, exhibit plans and more.
Col. Bernt Balchen
Col. Bernt Balchen was America's greatest Arctic expert in modern times. During the 1930s, Balchen participated in Arctic and Atlantic flight operations, and when World War II started in 1939, he began ferrying airplanes to England and Singapore for the British. In 1941, prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, he joined the USAAF at the request of Gen. Hap Arnold, and on personal orders from Arnold, went to Greenland where he supervised the construction of and later commanded the famous U.S. air base known as "Bluie West 8." While in Greenland, Balchen led many spectacular rescue missions, saving the lives of numerous U.S. flyers whose planes had gone down on the icecap. Click here to learn more about Balchen and some of his rescue missions.
Col. Henry Brown and Lt. Col. Joe B. Jordan became the first USAF pilots to use an F-111A's emergency escape module when their plane crashed near Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The museum has an F-111A escape capsule on display next to its EF-111A aircraft in the Cold War Gallery.
Precious Moments Boy in Red Biplane
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