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 Dr. Richard P. Hallion to speak at 7:30 p.m. on June 23
 Hallion's presentation is part of the museum's Korean War commemoration
 
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Internationally-recognized aerospace historian Dr. Richard P. Hallion will present "Airpower in the Korean War: America's First Jet-Age Air War" at 7:30 p.m. on June 23, 2010, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Lecture starts off Korean War commemoration at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Posted 6/8/2010   Updated 6/8/2010 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


6/8/2010 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Internationally-recognized aerospace historian Dr. Richard P. Hallion will present "Airpower in the Korean War: America's First Jet-Age Air War" at 7:30 p.m. on June 23 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

A former Smithsonian curator and a retired Air Force senior executive, Hallion has written over a dozen works on the history of flight, and military and civil aviation. He has a particular interest in the history of the early jet age and the role of air power in the Korean War. During this talk, Hallion will examine air power in Korea, within the context of American airpower development, the postwar roles and missions debates, and the crucible of air combat.

In June 1950 North Korean forces invaded South Korea, precipitating an intense three-year air war that tested the newly formed United States Air Force, the Navy and the Marine Corps. Air power was an essential factor in preserving the freedom of South Korea, and the war forced creative strategies, tested new technologies (such as the swept-wing jet fighter), and ignited debates over the role and proper use of air power. Korea constituted a vital milestone in the Cold War, no more so than for America's combat airmen.

Hallion's lecture is part of the museum's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Other commemoration activities include the opening of the museum's renovated Korean War exhibit area on June 24, the Freedom's Call Military Tattoo on June 25, and a ceremony at the Korean War Memorial in downtown Dayton on June 26. More information about these events is available at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/korea.asp.

This lecture, held in the Carney Auditorium, is part of the museum's Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series. For more information or special seating arrangements, contact the museum's Special Events Division at (937) 255-1743. Filming or videotaping the lecture is prohibited.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-1743.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.



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