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 7:00pm.
Enjoy a beyond the barrier cockpit climb in various World War II aircraft immediately following the presentation.
Free for EAA Members | $5 for Nonmembers
August 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Col. Lavern Griffin
Col. Griffin flew secret missions in F-86 Sabers modified with cameras. Griffin led pilots of the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on three top secret over flights of Soviet air bases in far eastern Siberia. The photos they made with their specially equipped F-86F jets informed American defense strategists that the Tu-4 bombers in the photos were not capable of delivering nuclear bombs to targets in South Korea, Japan, or the United States. Detection by the Soviets would spark a crisis in a very tense international environment, but the intelligence gathered made the United States a little bit more secure.
September 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Jeff Goin and the Art of Flying Powered Paragliding
“It's just you and the perfect morning air, at the perfect place, ready to go fly. You throttle up and start to run. The wing springs to life, fills with air and comes overhead. You squeeze into full power and with a few more steps, run into the sky.”
Come learn more about this section of aviation from Jeff Goin. Jeff will elaborate on the freedom and beauty of flying in a powered paraglider.
October 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Jerry McLaughlin
Restoration Project Manager, Jerry McLaughlin will present on the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum’s restoration of its B-17, City of Savannah. The museum was able to complete the full World War II combat configuration restoration in just six years. Learn how the museum and volunteers set out to raft the finest B-17 static display in the world.
November 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Patty Wagstaff
Premiere aerobatic pilot and National Aviation Hall of Famer Patty Wagstaff will speak on her career, national championships, and seasonal work as an aerial firefighter in California. Patty’s exciting story in aviation is not one you’ll want to miss!
December 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet
This annual banquet honors the spirit and achievements of the Wright Brothers. Celebrate the anniversary of the first powered flight and the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission with a key-note presentation, cocktails, and full-dinner service. Learn more here.
January 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Dr. Harry Friedman and the Memphis Belle Restoration
Board member of the Memphis Belle Memorial Association and co-author of Memphis Belle: Dispelling the Myths, the most definitive history of the plane to date, Dr. Harry Friedman will present on the recently completed restoration of the B-17, Memphis Belle. The bomber’s move from Memphis to Dayton triggered an over decade-long restoration, concluding with the aircraft’s public display in May 2018. Join us as Dr. Friedman discusses all who played a part in saving this important aircraft.