“HFF Commemorates the 72nd Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid,” 4 p.m., HFF (April 19)
Historic Flight Foundation will honor Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor (ret.), one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders, on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the raid on Tokyo. A B-25 aerial demonstration will begin at 4 followed by a gourmet dinner at 5:30. Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, grandaughter of Jimmy Doolittle, leader of the raid, will speak after dinner. Following Jonna’s remarks, Lt. Col. Saylor will offer his reflections. To conclude the evening, HFF will present the film “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” in an environment reminiscent of a 1940s movie house. Tickets are $50. Click here to purchase. Students and families are encouraged to come. Seating is limited to 250. Proceeds will benefit the “Edward J. Saylor Aviation Scholarship Fund.”
“Duck Hunting in Greenland, 2013-14,” noon, HFF (May 3)
Safety Team Leader Nicholas Bratton will describe efforts underway in Greenland to recover the remains of three servicemen who perished in a 1942 crash of a Grumman Duck rescue aircraft. Once the servicemen are recovered, the U.S. Coast Guard will deliver what’s left of the aircraft to HFF for restoration to airworthy condition and display as a living memorial.
Nick participated in the 2012 expedition to locate the aircraft, then returned with a combined civilian/military crew in 2013. Weather ensued. This May, Nick will return to Greenland to set markers for the 2014 expedition to recover the missing servicemen. With Nick’s departure in mind, following his presentation we will have a brief send-off celebration.
This extraordinary tale and collection of photos will be more fully appreciated if you first read Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff. In November of 1942, a C-47 cargo plane crashed into the ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 assigned to the search and rescue mission became lost in a blinding snow storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. With the weather worsening, the U.S. military launched a daring rescue mission, sending a Grumman Duck amphibious plane to find them. After picking up one member of the B-17 crew, the Duck flew into a severe storm, and the plane and the three men aboard vanished. The two Coast Guard servicemen flying the Duck are the only unaccounted for, “Missing in Action” in the history of that service. Come hear the fascinating story of efforts to recover their remains and their aircraft.
“Opening Day,” 9 a.m., HFF and Paine Field (May 17)
Exhibits, reenactors, classic vehicles, music, food and flying will highlight this event marking the commencement of flying season.