Learn about unique and historic aviation experiences during the Aviation Adventure Speaker Series, free presentations conducted by passionate aviators with a unique story to tell.
Enjoy a beyond the barrier cockpit climb in various World War II aircraft immediately following the presentation.
Thursday, February 19: The Story of Dick and Marge Bong – presented by Bill Wood
During World War II, Richard Bong, a farm boy from northwestern Wisconsin, flew P-38 fighter planes in the Pacific, became America's all-time Ace of Aces with 40 confirmed victories, and was awarded the Medal of Honor. While on leave, he met Marge Vattendahl, a student at Superior State Teachers College (now UW-Superior). They soon fell in love and later became engaged. The media followed their every move, making them sensations in the nation's press, newsreels, and magazines. And that's just the beginning of their story. This multimedia presentation, titled “Dick and Marge Bong – A High-Flying Love Story,” provides insight to illuminate and preserve this important chapter in America's heritage.
Thursday, March 19: USS Indianapolis – presented by Dick Campbell