Thank You to our Donors!
A few weeks ago, Museum President Matt Hayes accepted a generous donation from Dave and Sandy Sabey to support Project Welcome Home. Dave's father worked on the B-52 during his career at Boeing and his brother Dean, who was in attendance, fought in the Vietnam War. The new Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, opening in 2019, will be a special part of the next chapter in the Sabey family story.
The Sabeys are just one of the many families tied together by the B-52 Stratofortress, the Vietnam War and The Museum of Flight. We hope your story will become entwined with ours for future generations, so others can share your experiences, learn from the past and honor those who served.
THANK YOU to everyone who has supported Project Welcome Home, either by making a gift, volunteering your time, attending an event or spreading the word. Each of you is helping to make the Memorial Park a reality.
Watch It Now
The Museum had a full weekend of programs, events and living history performances for Veterans Day last month, including a movie screening of the documentary "PAC 6: A General's Decision." The Museum hosted a reception where attendees had the opportunity to meet filmmaker Ray Sullivan, Jr. before the movie.
This original film tells the story of Brigadier General Glenn R. Sullivan, who was stationed at the U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield at the time of Operation Linebacker II. Strategic Air Command had ordered the Linebacker II sorties to approach in single file every time, but Sullivan recognized that this highly predictable strategy would end disastrously for US airmen. Sullivan made the call for SAC to change the Linebacker approaches - a decision that saved countless lives and aircraft, but it came at the cost of his military career.
The 44-minute film is available to view for free in three segments through the documentary's production company, Peachtree Films Atlanta, on their public Youtube channel.
Power of Giving: the Ellison Brothers
Marty Ellison, who flew the Grumman A-6 Intruder in the Navy during the Vietnam War, has supported the Museum's project to build a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, set to open next year. "Project Welcome Home is of particular significance to me," says Marty. "Jim Farmer, a B-52 pilot, and I flew during Linebacker II, the last major battle of the Vietnam War. Together we 'serenaded' John McCain, Joe Crecca and other POWs home."
Read the full article on our website, and see how Ben and Marty Ellison look to The Museum of Flight as a way to continue making a difference in their local aerospace community.
If you haven't already heard, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park has a beautiful new design! Earlier this year, we encountered a King County drainage pipe running through the site where the park will take shape. Since the completion of this park is a top priority for the Museum, the project architects have reconfigured the elements of the park so that the pipe can be accessed in the future if necessary without relocating the massive B-52.
Sellen Construction is helping finalize a new timeline for the Memorial Park's completion and dedication in 2019, and we are confident that construction will begin in the next several weeks. Our videographer is setting up a time-lapse camera on top of Raisbeck Aviation High School to capture the entire process from start to finish, and we look forward to sharing the video with you next year.