Aviation Adventure Speaker Series

Learn about unique and historic aviation experiences during the Aviation Adventure Speaker Series, conducted by passionate aviators with a unique story to tell. Presentations take place in the Founder's Wing at the EAA Aviation Museum. All presentations start at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a beyond the barrier cockpit climb in various World War II aircraft immediately following the presentation.

Free for EAA members | $5 for nonmembers

January 16, 2020, 7 p.m – Ice Pilot Scott Blue

Ice Pilot Scott Blue  Join us for an evening of winter flying with Scott Blue. Scott has flown the extreme cold in a 70-year-old aircraft with Buffalo Airways, which was featured on the hit TV show Ice Pilots. He also flies forest firefighting aircraft and air tankers.

February 20, 2020, 7 p.m – B-29 Doc

B-29 Doc  EAA staffers Sean Elliott and Chris Henry will talk about the B-29 Superfortress. Sean will share what it's like to fly Doc, and Chris will discuss the brave crews who flew the B-29 in combat.

March 19, 2020, 7 p.m. – A-10 pilot Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell  Kim Campbell will share the story of her journey as a pilot, including her time flying the venerable Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, better known as the Warthog. Special thanks to Athena's Voice for making Kim's trip possible.

April 16, 2020, 7 p.m. – Larry Mauro and the Solar Riser Aircraft

Larry Mauro  Larry will join us to talk about the challenges of building and flying the very first solar-powered aircraft.

May 21, 2020, 7 p.m. – Flying the Goodyear Blimp

Goodyear Blimp  Join us for a fun evening that takes us behind the scenes of the Goodyear Blimp with two of its lead pilots.

June 18, 2020, 7 p.m. – The F-4 Phantom Over Vietnam

EAA  Join us for a great night as Col. Richard Graham takes us through the air war over Vietnam. Col. Graham flew both air-to-air missions in the F-4 as well as later flying the SAM suppression missions better known as “Wild Weasel” flights, and later in his career he also piloted the SR-71 Blackbird.

August 20, 2020, 7 p.m. – Christina “Thumper” Hopper and the F-16

EAA  As we roll back in to the speaker series after the big show, F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot Christina Hopper will take us on her journey to become one of the nation’s first African American female fighter pilots. Her story is truly inspirational.

September 11, 2020 – TBD

September 17, 2020, 7 p.m. – Sharon “Betty” Preszler and Kate “Jiga” Lowe Discuss Life in the United States Air Force




Sharon “Betty” Preszler was hand-picked as one member of the initial cadre of women fighter pilots in the United States Air Force. She was the first woman to fly the F-16, the first woman to fly it in combat, and the first woman to instruct in the F-16.

Kate “Jiga” Lowe earned a highly coveted pilot training slot in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, a direct pipeline into fighter aircraft. She flew the T-37 and T-38, earning her wings and the opportunity to fly the F-16 Viper.

October 15, 2020, 7 p.m. – Melissa May

EAA  Melissa “Shock” May is one of only a handful of women to ever earn a Distinguished Flying Cross. Melissa earned her combat time in Iraq in operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, and in Libya in operations Unified Protector and Odyssey Dawn. Her Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded during a night mission over Baghdad where her flight of four was under heavy fire from anti-aircraft artillery and guided missiles. The weather was extremely poor and her flight was tasked to bomb missile sites that were actively targeting them.

November 19, 2020, 7 p.m. – Miss America Race Team

EAA  For decades, the P-51 Miss America has been a common sight turning the pylons of Reno. We are fortunate to have Doc and Greg from the team joining us to talk about what it takes to race this amazing airplane.
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