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. Presentations take place in the Founder's Wing at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Enjoy a beyond the barrier cockpit climb in various World War II aircraft immediately following the presentation.
Rescue Over the Potomac
Thursday, June 16, 2016
7 – 8:30 p.m.
EAA AirVenture Museum Founder's Wing
The EAA AirVenture Museum is proud to announce helicopter pilot Donald Usher will be the June 2016 presenter of EAA’s Aviation Adventure Speaker Series.
On January 13, 1982, an Air Florida 737 took off from Washington National Airport in winter conditions and struck the 14th street bridge, causing the plane to crash into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Don Usher made headlines when he and his paramedic were able to successfully rescue passengers from the wreck before the cold water claimed their lives.
Usher previously served in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and worked as a U.S. Park Police helicopter pilot. Currently, Usher is a retired Superintendent of the National Park Service Law Enforcement Training Center and resides with his wife Carol and their two children in Brunswick, Ga.