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. Snacks and refreshments available for purchase.

Free for EAA members | $5 for nonmembers

March 21, 2024, 7 p.m. CDT — Flying the A-1 Skyraider


Speakers: John Larrison

A pilot of some of the first A-1 Skyraider missions over Vietnam during the Vietnam War, John Larrison will be joining us to discuss the missions that he conducted and the aircraft he flew to accomplish them.

April 18, 2024, 7 p.m. CDT — Tomcats Over the Gulf


Speakers: Hermon "Munster" Cook

On January 4, 1989, two American F-14 Tomcats engaged two Libyan MiG-23s over the Gulf of Sidra. The pilot of one of the Tomcats, Hermon Cook, callsign “Munster”, who claimed one of the two victories, will join us to talk about this event from a firsthand perspective.

May 16, 2024, 7 p.m. CDT — Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue


Speakers: Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper will explain what the life of a United States Coast Guard helicopter pilot looks like with his stories of flying lifesaving missions.

June 20, 2024, 7 p.m. CDT — Bazooka Charlie: Researching One Hero’s Adventure of Taking a Cub to War


Speakers: Jim Busha

During World War II, Major Charles Carpenter made headlines when he affixed six bazookas to his tiny Piper L-4 observation airplane and began attacking German tanks. Jim Busha, in collaboration with Carpenter’s daughter, Carol Apacki, co-authored the revealing biography of Charles Carpenter, and he will be joining us to take a deep dive into the story. A book signing will be available to attendees after the presentation.

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