History In Their Own Words

Former POW Fiske Hanley

The next stop on the Vintage Flying Museum’s “History in Their Own Words” lecture series heads to the Pacific. Our next speaker will be former POW Fiske Hanley II.

Less than twelve hours after receiving his degree in aeronautical engineering, Fiske Hanley was on a train bound for basic training as an Air Force Aviation Cadet. Nine months later he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. assigned as a B-29 flight engineer, he was attached to the 504th Bombardment Group (VH). In January 1945, they flew their new B-29 to Tinian Island in the Pacific and began bombing missions over Japan. On the seventh mission their plane was shot down. Lt. Hanley arrived on Japanese soil via parachute and thus began his harrowing experience as an Accused American War Criminal.
Kept in overcrowded, filthy dungeons cells in Tokyo, they were not treated as Prisoners of War but were designated as Special Prisoners to be tried and executed for the killing of innocent women and children. While awaiting trial they were considered subhuman—starved on half POW rations, issued no clothes or basic hygienic needs, denied medical treatment and allowed to suffer and die from torture.
Come and hear his incredible story in his own words. His book, “Accused American War Criminal” is written by one of the few surviving Special Prisoners. Autographed copies will be available for sale.

The lecture is included with the museum admission. Admission is free to members.

Saturday, April 21st at 1 PM – 2 PM in the Museum Briefing Room

History In Their Own Words

SR-71 Crew Colonels Rich Graham and Don Emmons

You won’t want to miss this one! A rare opportunity to meet the SR-71 Blackbird Crew that flew more missions together than any other crew! Colonels Rich Graham and Don Emmons flew the Blackbird together for 5 1/2 years. Colonel Graham as pilot and Colonel Emmons as Reconnaissance Systems Officer (RSO). Colonel Graham was an F-4 Wild Weasel pilot before joining the SR-71 program and Colonel Emmons was the lead bombardier on the first B-52 Linebacker mission and also dropped the last bombs from a B-52 in Vietnam. Both of these two legendary airmen will be in the same room together at the Vintage Flying Museum on June 2nd! Mark your calendars!

A Flight Down Memory Lane!

Our North American AT-6 “1079” took a flight down memory lane last week; Michelle spotted her father’s aircraft. Acting Pilot Officer Graham McLeod flew ’79 for the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the ‘60’s during his Wings Course. The aircraft later flew with the Red Checkers, eventually finding a home in our hangar. We are honored to keep these aircraft flying and would love to have you visit.

Lights are going up in the hangar!

We have 2 bays hung up now. That has not stopped work on aircraft. With the hangar lit up, it does not seem as cold

Special Kay Performs Gear Test

The wheels go up…. Ray adjusted Kay’s nose doors to a perfect fit today. The hydraulic mule doesn’t supply quite the same pressure as the aircraft so gear operation is a bit slow.

The Vintage Flying Museum is pleased to announce a donation of WW 1 military items. Clyde and William French, son and grandson of Sgt. William French, have donated the collection. Sgt. French was drafted in 1917 into the 88th Division in Iowa, where he went through training. He later deployed to the Argonne area of France where he served until returning to the US in 1919. Along the way, he collected a trove items, U.S. as well as German and French.
The collection includes uniform pieces, grenades, bayonets, personal gear, issues and clippings from ‘Stars and Stripes’ and ‘Trench and Camp’, manuals, photographs, post cards of French towns taken before and during the war, cartoon collections, maps and much more. There are items from his return trip to the US and clippings related to veterans from the ‘20’s. The collection has been cataloged and is available to researchers with some of the larger pieces on permanent display.

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