|By Fred Harl|
Our first feature includes one of the events honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Space Program. Hosted by Dick Knapinski, EAA's Director of Communications, the program included guests NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz, Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden, and Apollo 8 Command Module Pilot and Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell. The legendary panel discussed their experiences and encouraged the development of a robust U.S. manned space flight program.
Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight returned to EAA AirVenture 2017 for it's fifth time in honor of Vietnam Veterans. The veterans flew to Washington, D.C. early Friday morning and returned to a parade and hero's welcome that afternoon. An American Airlines chartered Boeing 737 was used for the trip.
NASA T-38A Talon No. 23 was on static display. The 1966 N923NA has been used by NASA as a chase plane for the Space Shuttle program, pilot proficiency and other missions.
Super hero creator Stan Lee and some friends arrived to announce that the Stan Lee Foundation will partner with the EAA Young Eagles Program to promote education and careers in aviation. Here we see even super heroes need a lift sometime!