Celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the end of WWII
and hear the stories of “The Greatest Generation’s Greatest Day”
Spirit of 45 program and free admission for WWII vets generously supported by
the Perot Foundation and UPS
Begin with a Member-Only Breakfast! 9:00am
Meet “Lucky” Luckadoo! 11:00am
John H. “Lucky” Luckadoo interrupted his college education to join the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He completed pilot training and was assigned as a B-17 pilot with the 100th Bomb Group (the “Bloody 100th”) and flew 25 combat missions over Europe in 1943 and 1944. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and, in 2014, the Legion of Honor from the government of France.
Following the installation of the Museum’s new large-scale B-17 model in the World War II Gallery, Mr. Luckadoo will share some of his experiences flying the aircraft with the “Bloody 100th” over Europe.
Calling All Rosies! 10:30am
Pay tribute to the work the “Rosies” did to win the war. Wear your Rosie Bandana or dress up as a Rosie “look-a-like” to honor the veterans and Rosies who gave so much to secure our freedom. Our Rosie Rally pictures will be shared with hundreds of others as part of the American Rosie the Riveter Association project.
Strike a pose in front of the famous V-J Day in Times Square photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt of an American sailor’s kiss on August 14, 1945. This famous photograph summed up the national mood in 1945 because it combined all the right elements: the returning soldier, the woman who welcomed him back and Times Square, the crossroads that symbolized home. Strike your own version of the pose and share at #frontiersofflightmuseum.
Meet “General Doolittle” at 1:00pm
Our Museum Living History actor will tell the story of “Jimmy” Doolittle, an American aviation pioneer. He served as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War and earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the famous surprise Doolittle Raid on Tokyo Japan.
• Spell your name with Navy signal flags
• Write a letter to a service member
1/9 Scale B-17 Model
Ribbon Cutting! 11:00am
In celebration of the “Spirit of ’45,” the Museum will unveil a new addition – a meticulously detailed 1/9 scale B-17 model – a scale that translates to a wingspan of just over 11-1/2 feet. The attention to detail by the original builder of the model is quite remarkable and includes such features as battle damage and makeshift repairs common to B-17s that regularly flew missions in the skies over Occupied Europe.
The model was purchased for the Museum by a consortium of our volunteers. The Museum’s Curatorial Committee decided that this model was of such high quality that it should be displayed in the World War II Gallery in a custom-built vitrine. Designing and crafting this display platform in-house will cost approximately $3,400 in materials as opposed to the $13,000 estimate from a commercial vendor.
The project is being funded by Museum supporter John “Lucky” Luckadoo, himself a B-17 pilot who flew some of the most harrowing missions of the Eighth Air Force over Occupied France and Germany in 1943 and 1944.