free: D-Day event at Lubbock’s Silent Wings Museum, June ’11

Free:  66th anniversary of D-Day at Lubbock’s Silent Wings Museum:  refreshments & events for the whole family (exhibits, displays, appearances by living history group, demonstrations & C-4 Boogie Baby):  watch for June ’11 dates & times (coffee/doughnut breakfast sponsored by the Red Cross).

Silent Wings Museum, www.SilentWingsMuseum.com & Dr. Don Abbe (DAbbe@MyLubbock.US or DonsToysToo@SBCGlobal.Net) or 806-775-3796 or 806-755-3334. Location:  6202 North IH-27 (exit 9:  two blocks east of IH-27:  look for the building with the silver “G-Wings” on the tower; or, within easy walking distance of Lubbock Aero, FBO at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport:  GPS:  N 33 degrees 39.467’  W 101 degrees 49,911”).  The story of the World War II Glider Program & the South Plains Army Air Field/Lubbock where 80% of 5,000+ glider pilots graduated with their silver “G” wings.  Exhibits include Douglas C-47/Skytrain, “PX” museum store, theatre with 14-minute orientation film, small arms of the Allied & Axis power near the Timeline Gallery (with 150+ images about key aviation events & glider history), interactive oral histories, artifacts from each major glider operation & examples of weapons & equipment carried into combat by gliders; the larger Hangar Gallery are restored TG-4A sailplane trainer (mainstay of the US glider force), restored CG-4A glider.

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