T-6 Texan Flight Veterans Day Raffle www.lyonairmuseum.org

All veterans who visit the museum on November 11, 2016 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to receive a flight in a  T-6 Texan! One winner will be chosen at 4:00 PM PST. Please note that height and weight restrictions do apply, and the flight is not transferable. The winner will be notified by the Museum, and will need to secure a reservation in order to redeem their free flight.

In appreciation of those who have served our country, Lyon Air Museum will offer FREE admission to United States Military Veterans on Friday, November 11, 2016.

B-25 Mitchell Bomber

Additionally, all museum guests will have an opportunity to tour the cockpit of a North American B-25. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get a rare look inside this historic aircraft.  

B-25 Open Cockpit Day Veterans Day 2016 www.lyonairmuseum.org

The North American B-25 Mitchell is a versatile, twin-engine bomber that came to prevalence during World War II. Named after General William “Billy” Mitchell who is considered a pioneer of United States military aviation, the B-25 was utilized by the allied forces and is widely considered as one of the most versatile aircraft to be used in the war. It could be used for a wide variety of missions including high and low-level bombing, submarine patrol, photo recon, and strafing.
The B-25 Mitchell which we have in our exhibit is referred to as the “Guardian of Freedom,” and it flew combat patrol missions in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands during WWII, before coming home to be used as a training craft for the next generation of military aviators.

History of Veterans Day

Although World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, the fighting had ceased seven months previous when an armistice was reached between Germany and the Allied nations. That armistice took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In November 1919, President Wilson declared November 11th as the very first “Armistice Day” in order to commemorate the end of the war, and celebrate those who had fought in it.
 
Following World War II and the conflict in Korea, veterans’ service organizations urged Congress to transform Armistice Day into a holiday that would honor all American veterans who had served in a war or conflict, as opposed to only honoring those who had served in WWI.  On October 8th, 1954 President Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation and stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”
 
Veterans Day 2016 www.lyonairmuseum.org
 
 Lyon Air Museum truly appreciates the service of our armed forces, and we take every opportunity we get to honor those who have served our country. In addition to providing free admission on Veteran’s Day, we are very proud to make our event venue available for veteran’s memorials in Orange County.  Please contact corrinquezada@lyonairmuseum.org for more information.

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