**SPECIAL EVENT**: Ed Saylor, Doolittle Raider
When:Saturday, June 15, 2013 -
What:Lecture / PresentationSpecial Event
Please join us as we welcome a legendary hero to the Museum of Flight! LTC Ed Saylor, now 93, was the flight engineer on plane no. 15 (known as "TNT") that flew in the infamous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942--a daring surprise attack on the Japanese homeland. Flying land-based twin-engined B-25 bombers flown improbably (and some believed would have been impossible) from the flight deck of the USS Hornet, Saylor and another 79 volunteer crewmen flew their aircraft at low altitude and bombed industrial and military targets in Japan. Without the ability to land on carriers and with no fuel for such an attempt anyway, all the B-25s had to land in Japanese-occupied China, in Soviet territory, or ditch in the sea (Saylor's aircraft ended up ditching). The attack was a sorely needed boost to American morale just a few months after Pearl Harbor, and shocked Japanese leadership so deeply that they altered their strategy in the Pacific--this helped US forces seize the initiative and advantage in the war away from Japan over the next few months.
Our guest will speak about his training, experiences, and reflections on the raid from 2-3:30pm, and afterwards will be available to sign autographs (limit is one item signed per person--no exceptions). Please join us for a very special event and help us salute this American hero!