Fantasy of Flight, the Orlando attraction specializing in aviation, will continue to feature its “Legends & Legacies: A Symposium Series” throughout 2011. The expanded series, which is focused on World War II, will begin in February.
The series will offer at least six gatherings featuring either aviators directly involved in World War II-era missions or their relatives. “Legends & Legacies” has been featured at Fantasy of Flight the last two years.
One of the speakers scheduled to appear during the 2011 series is Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, the granddaughter of General Jimmy Doolittle, who led a famed air raid on Japanese targets on April 18, 1942.
All of the series events include question and answer segments and opportunities to meet and get autographs from the participants.
The series’ first symposium will pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, black pilots who flew for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Several Tuskegee Airmen will be in attendance. Fantasy of Flight also has a permanent exhibit devoted to the Tuskegee Airmen.
In March, Fantasy of Flight will host a symposium titled “Breaking All Barriers: The Amazing Women of WWII.” The event will pay tribute to the Women Air Force Service Pilots or WASPS. WASPS were civilian female pilots that flew for the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII.
In April, “Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle” will take place. Scheduled for April 15 & 16, the event will be led by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes.
Veterans will gather to share their memories of invasions of Normandy’s D-Day on May 13 & 14. The June symposium will be “The Pacific War: Power and Pursuit.”
The final scheduled presentation is for October 14 & 15. Titled “The Great Escape: Heroes Underground,” this event focuses on American Prisoners of War.
Admission to the series is included with regular Fantasy of Flight tickets.