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Commemorate the Air Force's 73rd Birthday and POW/MIA Recognition Day with 'Plane Talks' at the National Museum USAF

Col.(Ret.) Jim Verstreate

DAYTON, Ohio -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the 73rd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force and POW/MIA Recognition Day with a "Plane Talks" program where visitors will have a chance to interact with veterans and subject matter experts. Col.(Ret.) Jim Verstreate, a former F-105G pilot, will speak with visitors about his experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Pane talks

DAYTON, Ohio -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the 73rd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force and POW/MIA Recognition Day with a "Plane Talks" program where visitors will have a chance to interact with veterans and subject matter experts. Col. (Ret.) Jack Wilson, a former F-4C pilot, will speak with visitors about his experiences in the Southeast Asia War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Dick Gardner (former Capt.)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the 73rd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force and POW/MIA Recognition Day with a "Plane Talks" program where visitors will have a chance to interact with veterans and subject matter experts. Dick Gardner, former F-89J Pilot/Navigator, will speak with visitors about his experience piloting the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Crew Chiefs

DAYTON, Ohio -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the 73rd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force and POW/MIA Recognition Day with a "Plane Talks" program where visitors will have a chance to interact with veterans and subject matter experts. Arthur Martinelli and former Staff Sgt. Steve Wing, who were both former Crew Chiefs on the CH-3E, will speak with visitors about their experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Col.(Ret.) Carl Periolo

DAYTON, Ohio -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the 73rd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force and POW/MIA Recognition Day with a "Plane Talks" program where visitors will have a chance to interact with veterans and subject matter experts. Col.(Ret.) Carl Periolo, a former navigator on the AC-130A will speak with visitors about his experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio --

To commemorate the 73rd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force and POW/MIA Recognition Day, 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 30 veterans scheduled to be on-hand will be crew chiefs; engineers; navigators; and pilots, along with an Aircraft Maintenance Quality Control Officer; Electronics Warfare Officer; Missile Combat Crew Commander/Instructor; Missile Crew Member; Missile Maintenance Crew Member; Navigator/Electronic Countermeasures Officer; Nuclear Weapons Specialist; Personal Equipment Specialist and Program Integrator. These veterans have flown or worked on aircraft and missiles such as the AC-130; B-1; B-25; B-29; B-52; B-58; C-123; C-141; CH-3; CV-22; F-4; F-22; F-46; F-89; F-101; F-105; F-111; H-43; KC-97; Minuteman; OV-10; RF-4; RF-101; SR-71; UH-1P; 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 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year more than 800,000 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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