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Presentation: The U2 Spy Pilot, March 16

Spy Pilot / U-2 Presentation, March 16, 2024

Please come join us in person for our next presentation for 2024.   

The son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers presents the facts and dispels misinformation about the Cold War espionage program that turned his father into a Cold War icon, having been shot down in a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in May 1960. On his return to the United States, Powers was exonerated of any wrongdoing while imprisoned in Russia, yet a cloud of controversy lingered until his untimely death in 1977. On Saturday March 16th the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing at the Camarillo Airport is hosting the son, Francis Gary Powers Jr., who has written a new account of Powers’ life, delving into old audio tapes, letters his father wrote and received while imprisoned in the Soviet Union, the transcript of his father’s debriefing by the CIA, other recently declassified documents about the U-2 program, and interviews with the spy pilot’s contemporaries. Come hear about this and the son’s journey to understand his father, pursuing justice and a measure of peace. Almost sixty years after the fact, this is a fascinating piece of Cold War history.

Suggested donation of $15 per person, thank you for your support!

2024-01-23T20:18:21-07:00January 23rd, 2024|Featured|

Presentation: Vietnam Stories with Dan Petkunas Feb 24

Vietnam Presentation, February 24, 2024

 

Over the course of his twenty-four-year military career, Lt Col Dan Petkunas has received three Distinguished Flying Crosses and eighteen Air Medals. He is a veteran F-4 Phantom Weapons Systems officer with over 200 combat missions in Vietnam. On Saturday February 24th the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing at the Camarillo Airport is hosting Dan for one of his entertaining talks.  In his presentation Dan describes the F-4 Phantom and some of his stories from the Vietnam War. He educates and entertains, eliciting audience laughs from his life-threatening situations.  Come and listen.

11am – 2pm 

Suggested Donation $15

2024-01-03T21:17:41-07:00January 3rd, 2024|Featured|

Upcoming Airshows 2024

We love seeing all of you at the museum, but we realize that not everyone can travel to Camarillo, California. 

 

So, come see us at an airshow near you – here is the tentative list as of December 2023 (changes and cancellations of air shows can happen, check back frequently): 

 

 

Feb 17-18  Buckeye, Arizona  

Mar 7-10  Yuma, California

Mar 7-10    El Centro, California 

Mar 14-17    Travis AFB, California

Jun 1-2    Holloman AFB,  New Mexico

Jun 20-21  Thunder Over Michigan

Jul 22-28  EAA Air Venture, Oshkosh

Aug 17-18   Camarillo, California

Oct 5-6  Minden, Nevada

Oct 14-15  Santa Maria, California

2023-12-10T20:16:08-07:00December 11th, 2023|Featured|

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