• Air War One - A World War I Aviation Symposium

Air War One - A World War I Aviation Symposium

Saturday, April 28, 2012 -
8:00am to 5:00pm
William M. Allen Theater
The Museum of Flight is fortunate to have, in one place and in one day, this gathering of World War I aviation historians coming from across the country to share their expertise. This will be a unique opportunity to hear about the Air War One from reconnaissance aircraft, fighter development, early bomber strategies, construction and performance of allied and axis aircraft, along with model building to actual aircraft restoration of aircraft from the era.


8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration – In the Museum Lobby
8:30-8:45 a.m. Symposium Welcome and Introduction | Mike Lavelle
Author and aviation historian Mike Lavelle is Director of Public Programs at The Museum of Flight.
8:45-9:45 a.m. Fighter Development & Tactics | Dr. Richard Hallion
Dr. Hallion has broad experience in science and technology museum development, research and management analysis, and has served as a consultant to various professional organizations. He has flown as a mission observer in a range of military and civilian fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
10:00-11:00 a.m. Shooting the Front - The Role of Reconnaissance | Terry Finnegan
Terrence J. Finnegan is a retired US Air Force Colonel whose career spans four decades of military and government service. His career as a Military Intelligence professional covered analysis, production and planning at several echelons within the U.S. Department of Defense. Several years after his retirement in 2004, Finnegan completed his book Shooting the Front - which has been acclaimed by aviation experts as the definitive work on reconnaissance in the First World War.
11:00 a.m.- Noon The Western and Eastern Fronts - A Comparison of Aerial Operations | Arvo Vercamer
Arvo L. Vercamer has over 37 years of experience in researching military history and is the author/lead technical illustrator for over 47 publications in this field, including journals such as Cross & Cockade International and Datafile/Windsock. His leading research interest focuses on the military histories of the Baltic States (Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania). Arvo is presently working with the Dutch Stichting Fokker G.1 museum and Austrian as well with Baltic aviation specialists on numerous research and aviation history publication projects.
1:00-2:00 p.m. Development of the War’s Early Strategic Bombing Efforts | James (J.R.) Williams
J.R. Williams is President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the League of WWI Aviation Historians. In this capacity he also serves as their Director for Marketing and Advancement. As part of his involvement with the League of WWI Aviation Historians, Mr. Williams has been a guest commentator on the History Channel and on Warbirds Radio. He is a frequent speaker on WWI aviation history and has made numerous research trips to Northern France, Belgium and Germany.
2:00-3:00 p.m. The SPAD and Fokker D VII – Two Great Aircraft | Dr. Scott Eberhardt
Dr. Eberhardt joined Boeing in 2006 after a 20-year career on the faculty at the University of Washington in the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Eberhardt was awarded a B.S. in 1980 and M.S. in 1981 from MIT and a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1985, all in Aeronautics and Astronautics. From 1984 to 1986, Eberhardt worked at the NASA Ames Research Center in Aerothermodynamics.
3:15-4:15 p.m. Building World War I Model Aircraft | Dr. Logan Holtgrewe
Dr. Holtgrewe will describe how he approached his research and construction of over 150, 1/48-scale model aircraft from scratch out of wood, styrene plastic, and brass, using dimensional data and photographs from multiple reference sources. As a group, these models capture the dramatic expansion of aeronautical technology that transpired before and during the war. The collection includes the Zeppelin L-30 in the same scale (making it over 13 feet in length). The collection can be seen in The Museum of Flight’s Personal Courage Wing, along with Dr. Holtgrewe’s Model Aircraft from the World War II era.
4:15-5:15 p.m. Research Methods and Recourses for WWI Aircraft Restorations | Alan Toelle
Toelle's research, writing, and speaking subjects include a detailed investigation of the protective coatings and paint used on French airplanes throughout the war; structural studies of Spad types; Breguet 14 production, variations, distribution, and use; operational history of the Lafayette Escadrille for mid-1916; operational readiness of the 94th Aero Squadron comparing Nieuports and Spads together with individual pilot efficiency; history of NASM’s Spad 7689 “SMITH IV” and its pilot, Ray Brooks; and a narrative of the Victory Loan Flying Circus of 1919.
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