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Commemorate the Air Force's 72nd Birthday with 'Plane Talks' at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force commemorated Veterans Day with a "Plane Talks" program where visitors had a chance to interact with veterans and subject matter experts. Colonel (Ret.) Tom Gardner spoke with visitors about his experience during the Southeast Asia War.

DAYTON, Ohio -- To commemorate the 72nd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will host “Plane Talks” on Sept. 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Col. (Ret.) Tom Gardner will speak with visitors about his experience during the Southeast Asia War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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Museum Volunteer, Col. (Ret.) Jim Blackman will also speak during "Plane Talks." Col. Blackman retired from the Air Force in 2007 as the 445th Air Lift Wing, Operations Group Commander. He served as the mission commander for the final flight of the C-141 “Hanoi Taxi” when it was delivered to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in May 2006.

DAYTON, Ohio --

To commemorate the 72nd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will host “Plane Talks” on Sept. 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., offering visitors a special opportunity to interact with veterans who will be stationed at aircraft throughout the museum.

Included among the veterans scheduled to be on-hand will be 16 pilots; four navigators; four crew chiefs; an Electronics Warfare Officer; Electronic Countermeasures Officer; Electronics Equipment Repairman; aircraft maintenance officer; and a structural repairs technician, who have flown on aircraft such as the A-1; AC-130; B-25; B-52; B-58; C-123; C-130; C-141; EC-121; F-4; F-100; F-105; HU-16; KC-97; SR-71; and VC-137C (Air Force One). In addition a former museum curator will speak about the B-24D Liberator exhibit.

This program is free and open to the public. Additional information on these and other upcoming events is available at: https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.                                                     

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Rob Bardua at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1386.   

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