Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

Air America

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.

Apollo 13

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.

The Story of Dick and Marge Bong

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.

An Airborne Greenhorn

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.

B17, the Final Mission

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.

The Battle of Midway

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.

Landing a C-97G at Dodgeville

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.

Bob Shank: Pioneer American Pilot

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.

The Mysterious Story of Lady Be Good

Dick Campbell, Aviation Historian, explores the mystery of the World War II American B-24D Liberator, Lady Be Good. The plane, lost in a bombing raid on Naples, Italy on April 4, 1943, was discovered nearly intact in 1958 and the remains of all but one of the crew members have been found. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

Miracle on the Hudson

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.

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