Honoring our Nation’s Heroes

Hear stories of courage from U.S. military veterans, enjoy a FREE All-American hot dog lunch, and laugh out loud to USO-style entertainment. All veterans, active-duty military, and their immediate family receive free admission

Sponsored and supported by: The Perot Foundation
UPS, USAA, Signature Flight Support, and Food Glorious Food

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Opening Ceremonies » 10:00 AM

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 » 10:20 AM

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.

F-105 Pilot, John Piowaty

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.

“USO-Style” Tribute to the Troops » 1:30 PM

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” » 1:00 PM

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 » 12 Noon

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.

STEM Challenges

Throughout the day, military-related STEM challenges are planned for visitors of all ages. Challenges include how the shape of wings impact the dynamics of flight, how to land on an aircraft carrier, and much more! Also, take the opportunity to compose a letter to a deployed soldier.

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
CAF WASP Squadron
Dallas Model A Club
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
Rosie the Riveter
Signature Flight Support
VFW Post 2494 and 6796
Vietnam Veterans of America
Women’s Vintage Society of Dallas

Sponsored and supported by:
The Perot Foundation, UPS, USAA, Signature Flight Support, and Food Glorious Food

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