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Speaker discusses LC-130 polar operations

DAYTON, Ohio -- The man who served as mission commander during the South Pole rescue of Dr. Jerri Neilsen is scheduled to speak at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Col. (Ret.) Graham Pritchard presents "History of the LC-130 in Polar Operations" at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the museum's Carney Auditorium. During his lecture, Col. Pritchard discusses the need to develop a ski-equipped C-130 to build the Greenland Ice Cap DEW line stations and the evolution of the aircraft to its current fleet and missions now flown by the 109th Airlift Wing. In addition, he will talk about the Wing's challenging and successful recovery of Dr. Neilsen from the South Pole due to her illness.

Col. Pritchard is a former commander of the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard, where he spent more than 30 years flying, organizing and commanding ski-equipped C-130 operations in the North and South Polar Regions. During his tenure as commander, he was responsible for growth that significantly increased the unit's operating budget, full-time personnel and assigned aircraft. The 109th Airlift Wing maintains the nation's only fleet of ski-equipped C-130 cargo aircraft supporting military and scientific operations in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

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) 255-8046, ext. 312. Filming or videotaping the lecture is prohibited.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, 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) 255-8046, ext. 312.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 333.

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