Summer of Flight

Flug Werk Fw 190 (Replica) / Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4

Round out our demonstration schedule for the year with a look at two of the USAAF’s most fearsome adversaries: the Fw 190 and the Bf 109. The aircraft will be compared, contrasted, and we will look closely at how they were both used to try and turn back the Mighty Eighth.
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXe / Hawker Hurricane Mk XII

Battle of Britain Day is marked every year on September 15. Here at the Museum we observe it on the closest Saturday, marking the occasion with flight demonstrations from two of the most important aircraft types to see service in the battle. Explore how the RAF fended off a numerically superior adversary, and commemorate The…
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Boeing Stearman N2S / North American SNJ-2 Texan

Join us for this demonstration combined with Girls in Aviation Day activities at the Museum. Celebrate the role of women in aviation past and present and mark the establishment of the Army Air Force’s Women’s Flying Training Detachment (precursors to the WASP) on September 15, 1942.
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Yakovlev Yak 3 / Bell P-39 Airacobra

Explore the hardships involved in creating a war-time air-bridge between the United States and the Soviet Union. ALSIB Route opened in the fall of 1942 and featured a complex system of airfields and aircraft hand-offs across Canada, Alaska and Siberia to provide aircraft via Lend-Lease to our allies.
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Junkers Ju 52

With the Battle of Stalingrad beginning on August 23, 1942 this 80th Anniversary presentation will address the role of logistics and air support on the Eastern Front. The Ju 52 would find itself thrust into a role it was ill-suited for, with men depending on it for even the most basic supplies. This Ju 52…
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Bell P-39 Airacobra / General Motors FM-2 Wildcat

As the war in the Pacific pivoted to Island hopping, land based aircraft operations were conducted from forward airfields with a mixture of Army, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. Help us mark the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the Cactus Air Force on Guadalcanal with a special combo demonstration featuring two of their assigned…
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North American P-51 Mustang

Celebrate North American Aviation and its manufacturing accomplishments as we explore the development, and record-breaking construction timeline of the P-51 Mustang. Learn how aircraft were manufactured in wartime, and how the need for P-51s created some interesting methods of accelerating production.
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General Motors TBM Avenger

The Summer of 1942 saw the Avenger adopted across the fleet. Despite an inauspicious beginning at the Battle of Midway the Avenger would become one of the most capable aircraft in the US Navy inventory. Join us as we discuss the Battle of the Eastern Solomons and the sinking of the Japanese Carrier Ryujo.
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Piper Cub & Stinson L-5 Sentinel

Army Liaison aircraft performed a vital role in WWII as flying ambulances, artillery spotters and communications platforms. With many designs capable of landing and taking off in incredibly short distances, join us as we review the aircraft and their short field performance.
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Fokker DR. I Triplane

This fan-favorite demonstration is back! One of the Museum’s triplanes will once again take to the sky, as we learn about the Red Barron, the confusion around who shot him down, and the origins of the dog fight in WWI!
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