Disabled veterans contribute to Veterans Airlift Command

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust recently awarded a $35,000 grant to the Veterans Airlift Command, itself a charity which coordinates a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots to provide air transportation for medical and other compassionate purposes to wounded service members and their families. It was the second grant awarded to the organization by the Charitable Service Trust.

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Museum exhibit honors World War II aces

Seattle’s Museum of Flight is the home of the American Fighter Aces Association and holds their collections and archives. Opening June 27, a new exhibit draws from that resource to portray the World War II military experience of fighter ace Maj. James C. Stewart and fellow pilots in the famous 56th Fighter Group, acclaimed for having more aces than any other fighter group in the European Theater during the Second World War. The exhibition of artifacts, photographs and videos will be displayed in the Museum’s Great Gallery through September.

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Pearl Harbor vet, 99, honored by sailors, Marines

In one of those wonderfully honorable gestures we don’t hear about very much, these days, a group of Navy and Marine Corps aviation ordnancemen held a ceremony at the U. S. naval base in Bahrain, June 21, honoring a Pearl Harbor veteran who is the oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military valor.

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Statue to honor aviation pioneer Ben Epps

An artist's rendering of the Ben Epps statue a group plans to erect outside Athens City Hall. Epps was the first Georgian to fly.
An artist's rendering of the Ben Epps statue a group plans to erect outside Athens City Hall. Epps was the first Georgian to fly.

An artist's rendering of the Ben Epps statue a group plans to erect outside Athens City Hall. Epps was the first Georgian to fly.

A group of aviation buffs in Athens, Georgia, wants to give a pioneer Georgia pilot the recognition he deserves.

Admirers and descendants of Ben Epps, an Athens native who, in 1907, became the first Georgian to fly, are planning to erect a statue of Epps outside Athens City Hall, across the street from the bicycle shop where he built his first plane, reported Blake Aued in the June 24 Athens Banner-Herald.

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From the depths of Lake Michigan to Pensacola

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sbd-web1A World War II Dauntless dive bomber recently recovered from Lake Michigan arrived at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola on June 23. There it will be restored to as-new condition before being shipped to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, where it will help to teach a new generation about a war that now is a lifetime ago for those old enough to remember it.

During World War II, Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers were high-flying heroes – credited with sinking more Japanese ships than anything else in the sky. “The Dauntless was probably the best airplane we had going into World War II,” retired Navy Capt. Bob Rasmussen, director of the National Naval Aviation Museum, told Pensacola News-Journal reporter Travis Griggs. “The pilots who flew them really thought a lot of them.”

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