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, March 19 - 7-8:30 p.m.: Remembering the USS Indianapolis and Its Crew – presented by Dick Campbell
Dick Campbell tells the tragic story of the USS Indianapolis, a battle-scarred heavy cruiser that was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945, killing 880 men of the crew of 1,197. This free presentation provides a chilling look as to what happened to the ship’s survivors, who spent four horrific days and five nights in the ocean with no food or water until they were accidentally discovered by a Navy patrol plane. It also covers the bitter controversy over the Navy’s handling of the disaster afterward and the fate of the ship’s surviving captain. The free event will be held in the museum’s Founders’ Wing and includes a beyond-the-barrier cockpit climb in various World War II aircraft immediately following the presentation.