Join us virtually in honor of our U.S. military personnel and their families. Hear stories of unwavering courage from WWII veterans to modern-day warriors.
Presenting Sponsor UPS
with Support from The Perot Foundation
and Erik Johnston Photography
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY?
VIDEO ON DEMAND: All video content will be available on demand from the links below beginning September 2nd.
OPENING REMARKS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Buckle up for the ride of a lifetime with former Blue Angel pilot, LCDR John Miller, USN. Flying inverted, inches apart, at speeds in excess of 300 mph require unwavering trust, unmatched teamwork, and nerves of steel. From 1976-1978, Miller wowed crowds and inspired future aviators as one of the team’s elite lead/opposing solo pilots.
Join Miller as he tells the incredible story of how the Blue Angels rose from the ashes of WWII into today’s premier military flight demonstration team. Miller currently lives in Dallas and is a prominent member of the DFW Tailhookers, the organization that played an integral role in the Museum’s acquisition of EA-6B “Prowler” BuNo 162228 in 2019. Video shot and compiled by Erik Johnston Photography.
Capt. John “Lucky” Luckadoo
B-17 Pilot, WWII
After volunteering with the U.S. Army Air Corps and graduating flight school in February 1943, John Luckadoo found himself assigned to the 100th Bomb Group flying the B-17 “Flying Fortress” over Germany. Known as the Bloody Hundredth, “Lucky” is one of four in his graduating class of 40 to survive their required 25 missions before returning home. Hear the riveting story of his mission over Bremen, Germany in October 1943. Video courtesy of the National WWII Museum.
Capt. Elizabeth Holloway
C-130 Pilot, Modern Warrior
A second generation U.S. Air Force pilot, Elizabeth is the daughter of Lt. Col. John Piowaty, a decorated Vietnam War F-105 combat pilot. After graduating as one of the top pilots in her class, Elizabeth is currently stationed at Patrick AFB in Florida as an HC-130 Air Rescue Pilot. She is transitioning to the new improved C-130J later this year. Video courtesy of the 920th Rescue Wing.
Lt. Col. John Piowaty
F-105 Pilot, Vietnam
Lt. Col. Piowaty is a decorated U.S. Air Force pilot who served with distinction as an F-105 “Thud” pilot during the Vietnam War, flying 102 combat missions over North Vietnam. He is credited with downing a span of Hanoi’s infamous Paul Doumer Bridge in August 1967. Today he enjoys spending time with his family and writing aviation poetry.
Capt. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe
F-35 Pilot, Modern Warrior
A second-generation U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Kristin graduated flight school in 2013 and received assignment as an F-22 pilot. In 2017, she transitioned to the F-35A “Lightning II,” the Air Force’s newest multi-role fighter. Currently, Kristin is the commander and pilot for the USAF F-35A Flight Demonstration Team, performing at air shows nationwide. Join “Beo” for an in-depth walkaround of her office–the F-35A. Video courtesy of Erik Johnston Photography.
Capt. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe
F-35 Demo Team Aerial Performance
Now that you’ve had a walkaround describing the incredible F-35A, are you ready to see it in action? Kristin “Beo” Wolfe takes you into the cockpit as she expertly puts the jet through its paces and highlights several maneuvers she performs during a typical airshow. Video courtesy of the F-35 Demo Team during a practice flight over snow-capped Hill AFB, Utah.
Capt. Charlie Mohrle
P-47 Pilot, WWII
In remembrance of our friend and long-time Museum volunteer, Capt. Charlie Mohrle, we are honored to present an in-depth video interview of this American hero. A fighter pilot at heart, we hope you enjoy Charlie’s unmatched wit and courage as he discusses his experiences as a P-47 fighter pilot in Europe during WWII. Limited copies of Charlie’s story are available to purchase in the Museum Store.
Grace as Marilyn Monroe
Discovered while working in an aircraft factory during WWII, Marilyn Monroe entertained thousands of troops overseas as a USO entertainer during the 1950s. Grace, a sought-after tribute artist for the Blonde Bombshell, will present a special virtual tribute to our nation’s heroes as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII.
Lt. Fiske Hanley
B-29, WWII Japanese POW
One word best describes the late 100-year old Lt. Fiske Hanley: SURVIVOR. Shot down near Tokyo during his seventh combat mission as a B-29 Flight Engineer, Fiske endured months of torture at the hands of the brutal Japanese Kempeitai. His book, Accused American War Criminal, is available for purchase in the Museum Store. Video courtesy of Texas Tech University.
75 Years Ago…
Formal Japanese Surrender
As we honor our nation’s military heroes, we encourage you to reflect on the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII. This video, courtesy of the National Archives, shows the Japanese delegation formally signing the unconditional surrender of the Japanese Empire aboard the USS Missouri, flanked by her massive 16-inch guns. Today, the USS Missouri is a Museum ship anchored near the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A fitting tribute to the millions of Americans who served during World War II.