Memorial Day Activities

Monday, May 27, 2013 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Special Event
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The Museum of Flight honors military service with patriotic music and ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 27. Veterans and active U.S. Military personnel receive free admission to the Museum with identification. The Boeing Employees Concert Band will set the stage by performing patriotic music, beginning at noon. At 1 p.m. Museum senior curator Dan Hagedorn will preside over a ceremony with City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony will be Colonel Kevin P. Mastin, USAF. Mastin is Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 910, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, where he is responsible for recruiting, educating and training officer candidates to become leaders in the United States Air Force. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Mastin was the Vice Commander of the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Virginia. He also flew lead aircraft in the world-famous USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron from 2000-2001.Colonel Mastin is a 1988 graduate of Washington State University, Pullman, WA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He completed Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1989 and is a command pilot with 4,252 flight hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15 and F-16. Col. Mastin will speak about his experiences in the USAF and will focus on what Memorial Day means to him today.

After the ceremony, at 2:00pm a public program on B-52 operations in Vietnam will be featured. “Taking It Downtown” highlights the lead-up to the Presidentially ordered Linebacker II air strikes on the defining missions of the Vietnam War against Hanoi/Haiphong in December 1972. The presentation looks at the build-up of B-52 strategic bomber forces in the Southeast Asia, some key capability differences in the B-52D and G models, and the SAC planning errors that impacted air operations. See the B-52 launches on these hgih pressure missions to press the attack home. Hear combat audio on the bomb run into the target including multiple Surface to Air Missile (SAM) launches against the largest B-52 mission in history. The story covers the combat losses of aircraft/ aircrews in a salute to their memory.

The program will be conducted by Howard Butcher, a Lt. Colonel, US Air Force –retired, with 2500 flying hours in B-52Fs & Gs as a Radar Navigator (Bombardier) and Navigator and in F-4C, Ds & E model Phantoms as a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in US and Europe. Howard flew 66 Vietnam B-52 combat missions including Operation Linebacker II – the Presidentially ordered air strikes on Hanoi and Haiphong in December 1972.