Aviation Legends Exhibit Reception at Monterey Peninsula Airport
- When: Thursday, June 25, 2009, time TBA
- Where: Monterey Peninsula Airport, Monterey
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
The Monterey Peninsula Airport hosts a general reception to celebrate the opening of a permanent exhibit honoring Air Force General James H. Doolittle and Navy Captain Roy Marlin “Butch” Voris. These two California natives helped change the face of military and commercial aviation and aeronautical science. The exhibit features bronze busts of the two men, as well as photographs, model planes and visual panels outlining their careers. General Doolittle, a WWII hero in Japan and commander in the Mediterranean theater, went on to revolutionize how pilots fly. He identified the psychological barriers to flying and created the first instrumental flying equipment that allowed pilots to take off, fly and land from the cockpit. Captain Voris, a Santa Cruz and Monterey County local, was a WWII flying ace and the founder of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s exhibition squadron. He later helped develop the F-14 Tomcat and NASA’s Apollo Lunar model. The reception is open to the public and honors donors to the project. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. [MC]
5-7pm. Monterey Peninsula Airport, Highway 68 and Olmstead Road, Monterey. Free. 648-7000 ext. 200.