Aug. 29 program looks at being on the first line of offense in air combat

SEATTLE, Aug. 17, 2015--On Aug. 29, two former U.S. Air Force pilots share first-hand stories about one of the most dangerous types of missions in air combat: attacking enemy air defense systems. During their 2 p.m. presentation, veterans Joseph Matte and Dan Barry will talk about the missions they flew for a military program code named, "Wild Weasel." The program was started in 1965 during the Vietnam War, when the U. S. Air Force began using fighter aircraft to attract, and then destroy, enemy ground weapons to clear the way for subsequent Air Force planes.

Former Wild Weasel pilots Matte and Barry will talk about their experiences, and shed light on how these wild missions live on in today's aerial combat arena. Their program is free with admission to the Museum.

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