Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Neil Hansen, Former Senior Pilot for Air America, shares his experiences as a pilot flying as part of a dummy corporation for the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert operations in China. Hansen provides a history of Air America which operated from 1955 until 1975. This lecture was recorded at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh.
Chris Henry, Staff Member, Experimental Aircraft Association, discusses the Apollo 13 mission. An in-flight explosion changed the focus from a moon landing to a rescue mission. Henry discusses the recent reunion of the astronauts. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Bill Wood, Aviation Historian, relays the story of Wisconsin World War II Medal of Honor recipient Richard Bong and his wife, Marge. Bong flew P-38 fighter planes in the Pacific and became America’s all-time Ace of Aces with 40 confirmed victories. Dick met Marge while on leave and the two became national media sensations. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Art Schmitz, U.S. Army Veteran, World War II, shares his aerial experiences during World War II. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Chris Henry, Staff Member, Experimental Aircaft Association, presents personal stories and never before seen photos of what it was like to be a crew member aboard the B17 Flying Fortress during World War II. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Dick Campbell, Aviation Historian, shares the story of the World War II Battle of Midway. This battle involved numerous aircraft carriers from both the American and Japanese sides. The daring and skill of the U.S. Naval leaders and the air crews resulted in a military victory, changing the course of the war. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Tom Thomas, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired), elaborates on the role he played in landing a Boeing C-97G onto a 2,700 x 30 foot runway. The plane was purchased in 1977 by the owner of the Dodgeville Airport in Wisconsin for the purpose of turning it into a restaurant - known as the Don Q Inn. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
Fred Stadler, Volunteer Pilot, EAA, presents recently discovered photographs and audio recordings that document the life of Bob Shank, a pioneer air mail pilot, was also a flight instructor during World War I and World War II. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
Jeff Skiles, Vice President, Experimental Aircraft Association, shares his story as the co-pilot of the US Airways plane that landed in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. Skiles presents a moment by moment account of what has become known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
Chip Yates, the owner and chief designer of SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing, USA, displays the world’s most powerful electric airplane in the Innovation Hangar – Alpha. Yates discusses the technology behind the modified Rutan Long-EZ (“Long ESA”) designed to achieve world records for speed and altitude in manned electric classes. This lecture was recorded at the 2012 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.