Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tons of fun in Hangar One

Attendees enjoyed the food and music.
Partyers filled Hangar One for the annual Dinner Fund-raiser for the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum on September 17.  Lockheed Martin received a special award for its many years of support for the museum. Also honored for their contributions to the museum were volunteers "Ernie"  Pascal, Debi Wynn and Joe Corteal. Maryland Public Television supplied giant photos of those who appeared in its documentary saluting Vietnam-era veterans, a theme of the dinner.
Thanks to all those whose attendance helps supports the museum and its scholarship program.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Monday Speaker Series

Maj. Gen. Brereton played a key role in the mission.
Retired Air Force historian Roger  Miller was our guest September 12 when he discussed the air raids on the Ploesti oil fields in World War II. Roger interviewed  participants of the raid and wanted to set the record straight on the controversial mission.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Elaine Harmon buried at Arlington

Elaine Harmon, wearing her WASP
 leather jacket in 1944.
Elaine Danforth Harmon, pioneer aviator, was finally buried with honors Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.
She earned her private pilot license with the Civilian Pilot Training Program in College Park. In 1944 she became an Women Airforce Service Pilot, where she ferried aircraft, including P-51 Mustangs, and taught men to become military pilots.
Her wish was to be buried at Arlington, but was denied the honor. Elaine's family, especially her granddaughter, started a campaign to get the rules changed.  Congress passed a law last year to open Arlington to women who served in World War II. The legislation was spearheaded by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who was the nation's first female combat pilot.
The Baltimore native, who died last year,  participated a few years ago in the Monday Speaker Series.

A look at history

Docent Bill Haugen explains the special tiles on the shuttle. A busload of aviation enthusiasts enjoyed the day November 8 at the Smiths...