Meet Capt. Orville Rogers, an extraordinary man

Saturday, February 4 » 2:00-4:00PM » RSVP Required


He trained Army pilots during World War II, flew secret missions during the Cold War in the massive Consolidated B-36 (built in Fort Worth), ferried airplanes for jungle missionaries, and enjoyed a sterling career as a pilot for Braniff Airlines.

Then, at the spry age of 98, he established a new world 1500 meter record of 16:32.19 for 95- to 99-year-olds, at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships – owning every age group world indoor track record from the 800 meters up. (Photo credit: Orville at the 2008 Spokane Nationals – MannaExpress, Ken Stone.)

Introduction by
Dr. Kenneth Cooper of the Cooper Institute

Forty-eight years ago, Army Air Corps veteran Orville Rogers picked up and read a copy of the then-controversial book, Aerobics, by Dr. Kenneth Cooper. So motivated by Cooper, Rogers started running the next day and hasn’t stopped. Rogers said he is an example of Cooper’s adage that as people age they don’t wear out; they rust out. Nearly half a century of running and maintaining a steady level of physical activity has him all the more convinced that people “don’t stop running because they get old; they get old because they stop running.” Needless to say, he has no plans to stop—taking his fellow University of Oklahoma graduate Cooper’s advice as a lifelong habit. (Photo credit: SportsDay.)

His Support at the Museum

Capt. Rogers’ fondness for his Braniff experience led him to make a generous donation, matched by many of his fellow Braniff family members, to fund the Museum’s extensive Braniff Gallery.

The Braniff Gallery traces the history of one of America’s most colorful airlines from its humble one-aircraft beginnings in 1928, through its worldwide expansion through the 1960s and 1970s, to its final flight in 1982.

His Story, His Book

 The Running Man


“If I can’t serve God well, if I cannot finish strong, then all of these achievements are worth nothing,” says Orville Rogers.

Orville’s story is about the good guy finishing first, and he will tell you in no uncertain terms that all the good in his life―and there has been much―comes directly from God. His is a life of challenge and risk, marked by tragic losses and remarkable successes. At every turn, he is guided by God and motivated by a passionate desire to serve Him. Orville does not spend much time looking back. Instead, he is flying always into the glory.

Preorder sales of the book, The Running Man, are now closed.

The Museum Store may have copies of the book available.

The Presentation and Book Signing Event

Join us for this special event featuring
one of the most remarkable people you’ll ever meet.

Capt. Orville Rogers will talk about his life and book, The Running Man,
followed by a book signing and light refreshments on the mezzanine.

Saturday, February 4 at 2:00PM in the Hamilton Family Auditorium.

The event is free of charge with regular Museum admission.

Seating is limited and RSVPs are required.


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