Aircraft Carrier exhibit offers unique insight into World War II
Caroline MacGregor July 15, 2014 | WGVU “This is an exciting project for us. These exhibits are a project of love for us; we have about 140 from 40 different lenders spanning an entire history of aircraft carriers.”
Museum Registrar, James Draper, who collects artifacts for the museum. He and curator Don Holloway
met with navy department personnel and retirees to formulate a vision of this
evolution of aircraft carriers.
The exhibit includes
early experiments, up to modern day super carriers and the introduction of a
new class of aircraft carriers like the Gerald R Ford. Other highlights include
fragments of Japanese torpedoes.
“We feature a map drawn by the lead aviator of the first wave of Japanese fighters who attacked Pearl Harbor - recently auctioned at Christie's and made international headlines. There's a lot of emphasis on World War II but extends into Korea, Vietnam, and Operation Enduring Freedom. "
Bales attended the ribbon cutting ceremony with former Secretary of State James
Baker following a birthday remembrance ceremony for her father, President
“I'm the sponsor of the USS Gerald R Ford but I did not know all the history about carriers until I came in last night. They have wonderful exhibits things from the Halsey's Typhoon, to the actual papers, and my dad was involved and he was on the carrier and was almost killed. It's just a reminder of what wonderful people served in the World War.”
The exhibit is
open from 9-5pm each day and will is expected to run 12 months.
"So I really encourage people to come learn a lot, because I certainly learned a lot last night watching it."
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