Fantasy of Flight is bringing America’s proud military history to life through its Fourth Annual Legends & Legacies Symposium Series, which features new and seldom explored aspects of World War II and, for the first time, the Vietnam War.
Each year, the aviation attraction in Polk City, Florida, creates a forum for the public to hear firsthand about the experiences of some of America’s most courageous aviators and military heroes through permanent and semi-permanent exhibits, aircraft, and most importantly, their own personal stories, recollections from their family members, and interactions with guests. The multi-day events feature several open-forum/question-and-answer sessions as well as meet/greet autograph signings with the guest speakers.
“Each year, the Legends & Legacies experience is different from the last, with new guest speakers, new stories, new interactions with guests, and new topics to explore, including three all-new events this year,” said Kim Long, General Manager of Fantasy of Flight. “The opportunity to hear firsthand from military veterans, especially those who fought in World War II and Vietnam, is a precious gift that we hope to share with as many guests as possible throughout the 2012 series.”
The 2012 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series includes:
They Dared to Fly: Tuskegee Airmen, Feb. 9-11 – In honor of Black History Month, several of the nation’s first African-American military aviators will share their stories of what it was like to serve as a World War II pilot in the military during segregated America. Fantasy of Flight’s permanent multi-media Tuskegee Airmen exhibit and vintage aircraft collection, including the P-51C Mustang, provide the perfect backdrop for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the brave men who fought America’s enemies abroad while enduring racism at home.
Breaking All Barriers: Amazing Women in American History, March 2-3 – In honor of National Women’s History Month, Fantasy of Flight celebrates the barrier breaking women who took on non-traditional roles during World War II, including the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) ? the first women to fly military aircraft ? and all those entered the workforce for the first time in the spirit of “Rosie the Riveter.
Unspoken Valor: The Bomber Crews of World War II, April 13-14 – New to the Legends & Legacies line up this year, the event promises harrowing tales from actual crewmen of World War II bomber planes such as the B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator.
D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, May 11-12 – Guests will relive the most complex military initiative in world history as the men who were there recount their experiences as part of this massive air, land, and sea attack.
Reflections of Vietnam, June 8-9 – For the first time, Fantasy of Flight’s Legends & Legacies series will explore the Vietnam War, America’s longest conflict and first military failure on foreign soil.
Letters Home: Love, Courage & Survival, Oct. 12-13 – Fantasy of Flight delves into the World War II era like never before with the final event of the 2012 series, based on the personal handwritten correspondence exchanged between the bve men who fought abroad and the women and loved ones they left behind. Whether they were high school sweethearts separated by the war or soldiers who met the love of their lives while serving overseas, their letters portray a wartime experience that can’t be found in history books.
Symposium events are included in the price of Fantasy of Flight general admission and are free for annual pass holders. General admission is $28.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors ages 55 and over and $14.95 for children, ages 6-12, plus 7% sales tax. Children 5 and under are free with full paying adult.
For more information: 863-984-3500 or FantasyOfFlight.com