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'The Flying Greek' to speak on Nov. 28 at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio -- Col. (Ret.) Steve Pisanos presents "The Flying Greek" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2007, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force as part of the museum's Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Col. (Ret.) Steve Pisanos presents "The Flying Greek" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2007, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force as part of the museum's Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Col. (Ret.) Steve Pisanos will present "The Flying Greek" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

During his lecture, the World War II ace will discuss his 30-year Air Force career, including his six-month evasion of the Germans after his P-51B crash-landed during a 1944 mission in France.

Born in Athens, Greece, Col. Pisanos came to America in 1938. During World War II, he served with one of three Eagle squadrons in the Royal Air Force, until the U.S. Army Air Forces absorbed the American members of the Eagle Squadrons in 1942, and he was commissioned a lieutenant. On May 3, 1943, he was naturalized as an American citizen in London, England, becoming the first individual in American history to be naturalized outside the Continental United States.

Flying his first mission in his P-47 "Miss Plainfield," Pisanos, known as "The Flying Greek," scored his first victory on May 21, 1943, when he downed a German Fw 190. By Jan. 1, 1944, he had become an ace with five confirmed victories. On March 5, 1944, he obtained his 10th victory, and while returning from that B-17 escort mission to Limoges and Bordeaux, France, he experienced engine failure in his P-51B and crash-landed south of Le Havre. For six months he evaded the Germans and worked with the French Resistance and the American OSS sabotaging the German war machine in occupied France. He returned to England on Sept. 2, 1944, following the liberation of Paris.

The lecture is part of the museum's Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


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

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


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