Reel Stuff Salute to Heroes at Air Force museum

DAYTON, Ohio — A celebration of our nation’s military veterans will be the focus of film presentations in the Air Force Museum’s giant screen theatre on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The Reel Stuff Salute to Heroes will feature five screenings followed by a distinguished speaker, including three decorated World War II and Vietnam combat veterans on stage to share their experiences with the audience.

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Restored 747 prototype now open to public at Museum of Flight

Prototype 747

SEATTLE — The first Boeing 747 was never an airliner. For more than 25 years it was used by Boeing for flight tests until the plane was retired and grounded in the 1990s, then moved to The Museum of Flight years later.

Now, after nearly two years of restoration, the aircraft’s mysterious cabin is open to the general public. Tours of the Jumbo Jet are offered every day until Oct. 31, and are free with admission to the museum.

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Bud Anderson to speak at Museum of Flight Saturday

SEATTLE — Bud Anderson, Fighter Ace, veteran, co-author of “To Fly & Flight-Memoirs of a Triple Ace,” and member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, will speak at the Museum of Flight about his experiences in combat against the Luftwaffe in Europe, World War II, and his 30 years of military service. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater.

Anderson has flown over 100 types of aircraft and logged over 7,000 hours in the air. Brigadier General Chuck Yeager once called Anderson, “The best fighter pilot I ever saw.”

Turn back the clock 100 years with the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

DAYTON, Ohio — Each fall most of us remember to set our clocks back an hour as daylight savings time comes to an end.  However, this fall there will be a special opportunity to turn back the clock 100 years to the start of World War I and experience an historical aviation event unlike any other during the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, Sept. 27-28, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

If vintage aircraft are what you enjoy, this event features reproduction full-scale and 7/8-scale aircraft, such as the Nieuport, SE-5 and Fokker Dr. I triplanes, with pilots launching and landing their aircraft on the field behind the museum.

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Search unearths story of Wright factory seamstress

Theodore Clark of Beavercreek holds a photo of his first cousin twice removed, Wright Company employee Ida Holdgreve, at Wright State University Special Collections and Archives.

DAYTON, Ohio — An effort to gather the stories of Wright Company factory workers has uncovered information about one of the first women in the world to work in the aircraft industry.

Ida Holdgreve, born in Delphos, Ohio in 1881, worked as a seamstress for the Wright Company in Dayton from 1910 to about 1915, according to information provided by a distant cousin. She sewed the surfaces for the company’s wood-and-fabric airplanes. The job made Holdgreve a pioneer aircraft manufacturing worker in the first American factory built for the purpose of producing airplanes. She and her co-workers were the first Americans hired and trained for specialized aircraft manufacturing jobs.

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