Skip to comments.TEXAS FLYING LEGENDS Museum.
Posted on 06/08/2013 4:04:05 PM PDT by Doogle
Some pilots of the Texas Flying Legends Museum talk about World War II, The Veterans, and why we must keep their legacy alive.
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the Museum Clip
..and the Legends appearing at this years graduation at the USAF Academy on May 29th........
The Texas Flying Legends Museum is dedicated to honoring past generations
and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow through active display of WWII warbirds.
Highlighting the drivers behind Americas success, our programs serve to remind us
of the values and freedoms that make our country great and to challenge visitors
to give back to their local communities. We are proud to do our part to ensure
that America remains the "land of the free and the home of the brave".
This is a good thread to mention that according to a 1957 newspaper clipping that I have, General Montgomery was a member of the Confederate Air Force.
Do you mean Field Marshall Montgomery?
Yes I do, I felt that in my haste that I was missing something, but posted anyway, thanks.
I figured it was something like that. I always thought he was probably a better General than most people think.
Support your local military air museum!
They filled the bill!
Fly Boys did Good!!
Good friends of ours from here in Elizabethtown , KY just got back home from a visit to the Air Force Academy , in Colorado Springs where they attended the commencement exercises of the graduating class of 2013. In fact John’s grandson was one of the graduates and John, being a retired US Army officer was able to swear in his grandson as a brand spanking new US Air Force 2Lt.
What an honor that must have been for John and his family, but that’s not the real story nor is it the historic significance of the 2013 commencement celebration. You see 2013 is the first Air Force graduation on record that has occurred under a Sequester created by a non functioning Congress and an unyielding Obama Administration. Due to operating under this Sequester the ceremonies proceeded as follows:
President Obama regretfully declined the kind invitation of the Commandant of the Air Force Academy to be speak to the graduates and their families on the occasion of their graduation saying he was committed to addressing the graduates at West Point . Instead it was established that Vice President Biden was free and he would come to Colorado Springs . And, as to the request for the usual fly-over by the US Air Force Thunderbirds that was declined again due to the Sequester.
*****After consultation with his chain of command the Commandant of the Air Force Academy notified the White House that due to the Sequester cancelling the traditional fly-over of the Thunderbirds that he was confident that the nation didn’t need the added $1 million + expense to fly Air Force 2, of any configuration or model, and the added expense of the Secret Service and their entourage required when the Vice President traveled. So just cancel the initial request for a speaker from the White House for the commencement.
So the commencement went off as planned sans representation from the Obama Administration. It looked like this:
The featured speaker was an Under Secretary of the Air Force, who is a decorated Viet Nam veteran. The Secretary flew back and forth from Andrews AFB to Peterson AFB In Colorado Springs on routine training flight conducted by the Air Force thus costing the American tax payers nothing.
John tells me that there were nearly as many Air Force General Officers in attendance as there were family members. He thinks a dozen or more 4 Star General, three or four times as many 2 and 3 Stars an untold number of 1 Star Generals. And, of course countless Colonels and below.
Most of these officers were themselves alumni of the Air Force Academy and wanted nothing less than to present a perfect program for the graduating class. Since the Congress and the Obama Administration could not see fit to allow for a fly-over by the Thunderbirds, a number of the senior generals took matters into their own hands. And so, when the speeches, the hats were all thrown into the air, and all the family hugs were all made and it became time for the fly-over a roar of engines was detected from the West of the air strip and parade grounds there at the facility and everyone was treated to a fly-over by the Confederate Air Force. Looking up they saw all kinds of vintage aircraft from B-17s B-24s, B-25s, P-38s, P-51s and others all represented by manufactures such Corsairs, Grumman, Lockheed and Boeing who still provide parts availability for these aircraft, and flown by our hero’s from prior conflicts that still see fit to stay active for services such as this. It was a wonderful experience for all who were there.
I am sure you will join me in offering a salute to these serving officers who saw fit not to rob the 2013 graduating class of their day of celebration, and to our hero’s who flew the planes for this worthy occasion and oh yes to the many private donors who pitched in and covered the expenses involved in bringing these aircraft in to Colorado Springs from various locations across the country.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE SALUTE YOU
With an entire air show of classic planes, and all those generals showing up,
sounds as if the ceremony was even better than a fly by of the T-Birds.
I love that they let Obama know they really didn’t need him, or Biden, or his plane
expenses to get the job done... and even do a better job of it.
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” the Confederate Air Force.”
LOL, I love it.
I saw Tex Hill on a TV show, I think yesterday. Interestingly he was born in Korea as his parents were Presbyterian Missionaries.
Of Course all his family were from Texas and he grew up there. All in all, he was an interesting and pleasant person.