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Museum Honors Veterans with Vietnam Event - 07/03/19

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum hosts a day of recognition for those who served during the Vietnam conflict.

McMinnville, Oregon, July 6, 2019 – On Saturday, July 6, from 9:30am to 4pm, the Museum will present “Vietnam: The Air War,” an event focused on the recognition of Vietnam War veterans. There will be a panel of guest speakers, consisting of pilots from all branches of the military, talking about their experiences during the war among the aircraft they flew.

Speakers include:

  • General Merrill A. McPeak, USAF
  • Geff McCarthy, USAF
  • Dan Lafferty, USAF
  • Larry Wood, USMC, member of Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor
  • Phil Miller, USMC
  • Fred Wilhelm, USAF
  • Gregg Swanson, USAF
  • Norman Wells, USAF
  • John Hiemstra, US ARMY
  • Walt Want, USAF

Museum Curator Terry Juran says, “As is well-documented, when Vietnam veterans returned home from serving our country they were poorly treated and pushed to the side. This an opportunity for us to give them a long overdue thank you they so richly deserve.”

The Museum has one of the largest collections of Vietnam-era aircraft and helicopters in the nation. Museum exhibit aircraft include: 

  • F-4 Phantom
  • A-4 Skyhawk
  • A-1 Skyraider
  • F-100 Super Sabre
  • F-105 Thunderchief
  • A-7 Corsair II
  • O-2 Skymaster
  • H-1 Huey helicopter
  • AH-1 Cobra helicopter

Event details can be found online at https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/events?eventTitle=vietnam-the-air-war--1533311505--523


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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information. 

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile with its original launch room, and a full-motion interactive flight simulator ride. Discover more than 150 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates.