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Restorers- Aircraft Recovery

March 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


2017 Living History Film Series kicks off with

Restorers-Aircraft Recovery, story of recovery of WWII-era B-25J on March 30, 2017 at Air Force Museum Theatre


Dayton, Ohio-March 24, 2017 – The 2017 Living History Film Series kicks off with a screening of “Restorers-Aircraft Recovery” on Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Air Force Museum Theatre, located inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air ForceTM.  Following the film, guest speakers, Patrick Mihalek and Todd Trainor will continue to tell the story of the B-25J Sandbar Mitchell after recovering it from Alaska where in June 1969 it crash-landed on a sandbar in the Tanana River three miles outside Fairbanks.  The theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, tickets are only $8 per person, $7 per person for Foundation members.


Mihalek and Trainor plan to restore the Sandbar Mitchell and make it the centerpiece of the Warbirds of Glory Museum in Brighton, MI.  “It’s the painstaking efforts of amazing restorers like Patrick, Todd and countless others like them that make interesting and educational films like this possible,” stated Mary Bruggeman, Chief of Attractions Operations at the Air Force Museum Foundation.  She continued, “This kind of dedication also makes events like the B-25 flyover scheduled for April 18th possible.”


The theatre’s Living History Film Series brings aviation history alive through films and guest speakers.  The Living History Film Series is presented by Mr. W. Craig Willan and through a partnership with the Boeing Co.  Holiday Inn Dayton-Fairborn is the official hotel partner for the series.  Tickets are available at the theatre’s ticket counter or by emailing theatre@afmuseum.com


The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization that assists the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit http://www.afmuseum.com.  The Air Force Museum Foundation is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.


The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum.  With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space.  Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum.  For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.



March 30, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm