Vietnam Exhibit and Lecture
Part of Museum’s Historic Lecture Series
ASHLAND, NE – (August 14, 2018) The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum will hold an exhibit opening event on September 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. with a presentation by a veteran who served during the Vietnam War.
The new exhibit “From the Ground Up: Air War Vietnam” will feature artifacts from the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum’s collection, the National Museum of USAF, collectors and veterans as well as oral history interviews that bring the drama and courage of the air war to life.
The exhibit is timed in 2018 as part of the 50th Anniversary of peak U. S. involvement in Vietnam and will include content on Operation Arc Light, the B-52 strategic bombers mission in Southeast Asia and Operation Rolling Thunder, the aerial bombardment campaign conducted by the U.S. against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
The exhibit will be on permanent display and the museum and will take guests from the role of the Forward Air Controller on the ground to the strategic bombing missions of the B-52 above 30,000 and beyond. Though the Tet Offensive of 1968 may have eroded support for the war, the air war in Vietnam remained strong and consistent.
The presentation at 10 a.m. on September 15 will address a variety of aerial operations including close combat aviation, tactical airstrikes, and strategic bombardment.
Our keynote speaker, LTC Jeff Flagg (Ret.) is a 25-year veteran of US Army Infantry with two combat tours in Vietnam. Having experience with the infamous Michelin Rubber Plantation, he observed US Army close combat attack aviation and USAF close air support. LTC Flagg’s decorations include the Bronze Star for Valor with 2 oak leaf clusters, 1 Bronze Star, 1 Purple Heart, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
The event is part of general admission and does not require a reservation. Guests may pay admission at guest services and attend the lecture in the Museum’s theater for free. General admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors or military, $6 for youth ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free.