Honoring our Nation’s Heroes

Hear stories of courage from U.S. military veterans and enjoy USO-style entertainment. All veterans and active-duty military receive free admission

Sponsored by the Perot Foundation
with support from UPS, USAA, and Signature Flight Support

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Opening Ceremonies » 

We are proud to have the Lone Star Paralyzed Veterans of America Honor Guard present our Nation’s Colors. In honor of all veterans, we will cut the ribbon on the much anticipated new Cold War Gallery.

Heroes over Hanoi » 

Flying combat missions over the heavily-defended skies of North Vietnam takes a special breed of pilot. Meet two true American heroes and hear their incredible stories of courage and heroism under fire over Hanoi. Moderated by retired Museum Director and Vietnam C-130 pilot, Bruce Bleakley.

Legendary F-4 Pilot, Bob Pardo

Hear the incredible story of “Pardo’s Push” from Lt. Col. Bob Pardo as he takes you into the cockpit of his F-4 “Phantom II” on a perilous mission over the skies of Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Pardo is our honorary 2019 Luckadoo Annual Lecture speaker. Following his presentation, Pardo will be available to sign prints of Pardo’s Push by aviation artist, S.W. Ferguson.

F-105 “Thud” Pilot, John Piowaty

Flying through a hail of anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles, life as an F-105 pilot in Vietnam was both terrifying and exhilarating. We are honored to have decorated F-105 “Thud” pilot Lt. Col. John Piowaty share his experiences of flying 102 combat missions over North Vietnam. During his illustrious career flying both civilian and military aircraft, he accumulated over 9,000 flight hours.

“USO-Style” Tribute to the Troops » 

Step back in time and enjoy On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope and Radio Stars of the 1940s. This highly-entertaining 90-minute variety comedy act takes you back in time to Bob Hope’s USO Tours when he and his friends entertained troops stationed abroad during WWII, Korea, and the Vietnam War. You will laugh out loud to the hilarious acts and antics of Bob Hope and his friends, thanks to the talented Lynn Roberts and Chuck Carson with the Phoenix Producers Group. Sponsored by USAA.

Meet “Marilyn” » 

Grace, a professional actress and singer, debuted “Marilyn” and garnered such a reaction from the audience that she soon became a sought after tribute artist for the Blonde Bombshell. She will meet guests, pose for photos, and sing her signature tunes as part of our afternoon entertainment, On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope and Radio Stars of the 1940s.

Live Jazz Music » 

Enjoy tunes from the 1940s through the 1970s from renowned Dallas jazz vocalist, Aubrey Slaver. Accompanied by a keyboard and saxophone, Aubrey’s smooth sound and sultry voice takes you back to the Sinatra-era of jazz and entertains visitors of all ages.

Activities for the Family

Throughout the day, activities are planned for guests of all ages. Activity stations include writing letters to deployed soldiers; designing, creating, and flying paper helicopters; and exploring military equipment.

Visiting Cold War MiG-17F

Visitors and Cold War veterans will have the rare opportunity to see up close the infamous Soviet-built MiG-17F fighter jet, thanks to our friends at FighterJets, Inc. and owner/pilot, Randy Ball. Randy is known for his spectacular day/night performances at air shows across the country. Aircraft appearance subject to change without notice due to weather and/or maintenance.

Based on the highly-successful Soviet MiG-15, the MiG-17 is the first Soviet fighter equipped with an afterburner. Armed with 2x 23mm cannons and 1x 37mm cannon, the MiG-17 was a formidable adversary for U.S. pilots during the Vietnam War. Our featured speaker Lt. Col. Bob Pardo, while flying an F-4 “Phantom II” with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, skillfully downed a MiG-17 over the skies of North Vietnam on May 20, 1967. Pardo flew with the “Wolf Pack” led by legendary WWII Ace Col. Robin Olds, the highest scoring American unit known as the “MiG Killers.” Sponsored by Signature Flight Support.

Operation Gratitude

We are proud to partner with Operation Gratitude, an organization which has delivered over two million care packages to deployed military personnel, veterans, and first responders since 2003. Every active duty military or veteran attending this Museum event will receive a care package as a thank you for serving our nation.

Participating Organizations

609 Squadron Living History
Civil Air Patrol
Commemorative Air Force
DFW GI Joe Collectors Club
DFW Tailhookers
Exchange Club of Dallas
FighterJets, Inc.
Grace as Marilyn
Happy Warriors
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Navy Federal Credit Union
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Phoenix Producers Group
Signature Flight Support
Vietnam Veterans of America
Women’s Vintage Society of Dallas

Thanks to the Perot Foundation, UPS, USAA, and Signature Flight Support for supporting this event

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