The sound of 11 North American B-25 Mitchell Bombers starting their engines, plus the smell of oil and gasoline as the props began to turn, was exciting to the watching spectators. This was the largest gathering of B-25s at one time since World War II. [Read more…]
DAYTON, Ohio — “One Hundred Years A Hero,” a new biopic documenting the life and career of Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, USAF (Ret.), will premiere Friday, April 22, at 5 p.m. in the Air Force Museum Theatre at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
As part of the Living History Film Series, a panel discussion will follow the screening.
Still going strong at 100 years of age, Cole expects to attend the premier, participating in the discussion with film makers Jon Tennyson and Scott Guyette. [Read more…]
FREDERICK, Md. — On Sunday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m., Lt. Col. Dick Cole, one of the two surviving “Doolittle Raiders” from World War II, will visit the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) National Aviation Community Center (NACC) at Frederick Municipal Airport along with a vintage B-25 warbird, “Panchito.” [Read more…]
GREENFIELD, IOWA — At the Iowa Aviation Museum’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, three Iowa soldiers were recognized. These men participated in the famous “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders” secret mission on April 18, 1942. The participants honored were USAF Colonel Charles Ross Greening; U.S. Army Air Forces Cpl Leland D. Faktor; and U.S. Army Air Forces SSGT William J. Dieter.
The Historic Flight Foundation is hosting a commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Doolittle Raid April 19. Surviving Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor and Jimmy Doolittle’s granddaughter, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, will be present for the day’s events at Paine Field (PAE) in Washington state.
By ROBERT JAQUES
For three of the four surviving Doolittle Raiders, the time finally came to offer a final toast to the memories of their comrades on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
DAYTON, Ohio — When the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ make a final toast to their fallen comrades on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world can witness the historical moment.
Although the final toast ceremony is not open to the public, a live feed of the event will be broadcast on The Pentagon Channel [Read more…]
By ROBERT JAQUES
The Doolittle Raiders held their 71st and final public reunion in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, April 16-20.
The creators of the Emmy Award winning PBS hit “Red Tail Reborn” have released a new aviation documentary, “The Restorers-They Were All Volunteers,” which centers on airplane restorers and the World War II heroes known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The documentary will appear in theaters in select cities throughout the Midwest.
The Wings Club will honor the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders with its third annual Outstanding Aviator Award.