World War I Flying Ace lands at Oregon museum

Snoopy, the world’s most famous cartoon beagle, had many adventures as a World War I Flying Ace.

Those adventures are chronicled in a traveling museum exhibit dubbed “Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace.” The exhibit will be at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., through March 10.

Snoopy was a featured character in the Peanuts comic strips drawn by Charles M. Schultz. The exhibit showcases 40 of Snoopy’s most exciting adventures aboard his doghouse/Sopwith Camel, from the time he faced a deadly bout of influenza to sparring with the Flying Ace’s arch-enemy, the Red Baron.

Schulz served as a sergeant in the Army and had always wanted to draw adventure comic strips, but had been told to stick with what he did best— funny kids. However, after 15 years as a cartoonist, he finally had the opportunity to create his hero: Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace.

The exhibit features 40 digital prints from the original drawings done by Schulz, along with accompanying photographs of the artist.

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