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.

Free for EAA members | $5 for nonmembers

January 19, 2023 7 p.m. - The Art of Crop Dusting



Speakers: Damon Reabe

Join us for a talk about a unique style of flying. Damon will discuss crop dusting and the skills needed to perform this job. 

February 16, 2023 7 p.m. - Keeping a Legend Workhorse in the Air



Speakers: Joseph Varkoly

Gooney Bird, Dakota, and Spooky — all names for the DC-3/C-47 airframe. But one company is creating a new platform around this legend which keep the aircraft flying and earning its keep. Joseph Varkoly of Basler Turbo will join us to talk about what goes in to creating a BT-67.  

March 16, 2023 7 p.m. - F-8 Crusader: The Last of the Gunfighters



Speakers:  James Markel

It has been said that “When you are out of F-8s, you are out of fighters.” U.S. Marine Corps aviator James Markel will talk about his experience flying the mighty Crusader in Vietnam.  

April 20, 2023 7 p.m. - Flight for Life



Speakers: Karen Ficek

Karin Ficek will join us for a talk about the brave crews who fly to save others. Medical Helicopters fly in every major city, and Karin is one of these pilots.  

May 18, 2023 7 p.m. - The Rescue of Bat 21



Speakers: John Vanetten

During the Vietnam War, a USAF B-66 was shot down carrying Lt. Col. Iceal E. "Gene" Hambleton, call sign “Bat 21.” The next several days saw one of the greatest combat search and rescue missions ever undertaken. We will be joined by John Vanetten, who flew this historic mission.  

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