Trip to National Museum of USAF in Dayton, OH 04/17-04/19 to witness Mr Cole (Doolittle's co-pilot on crew #1) final toast after 57 years. The event is recorded here and all around the web. During our visit we walked the new 4th hanger and attended the public commemoration of 75th anniversary festivities including the public display of 11 B-25 Mitchell's from around the country as well as the flyover tribute.
  • Doolittle Raiders Memorial Videos

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    DAYTON – B-25 Mitchell bombers from around the country will once again take to the skies before landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force as part of a tribute commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid, April 18. Current plans call for 17 B-25 bombers to land on the runway behind the museum and be placed on static display for public view on April 18, before departing for a flyover prior to the start of a memorial service in the museum’s Memorial Park at 2:15 p.m. The memorial service is scheduled to conclude with a flight of two B-1 bombers from the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, which were two of the four Army Air Corps Squadrons from which the B-25 aircrews were selected for the Doolittle Raid. These events are free and open to the public. (Note: All outdoor events are weather dependent. The memorial service will still take place indoors in the event of inclement weather.) Of the 80 Raiders led by James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle in 1942, only one survives today - Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole - who served as Doolittle’s co-pilot on Crew No. 1. Cole, now 101 years old, plans to be at the museum to commemorate the anniversary and will privately honor fellow Raider SSgt. David Thatcher, who passed away last year. On the evening of April 18, the Air Force Museum Foundation will present “Doolittle’s Raiders: The Final Toast,” as part of the Living History Film Series presented by Mr. W. Craig Willan in the Air Force Museum Theatre at 6:30 p.m. The event will be opened by Cole and following the film screening, two of the Raiders’ children - Cindy Cole Chal and Jim Bower - will share stories and insight and conduct a question and answer session with the audience. (Please note: This is Sold Out) A limited number of packages, which include the book “Dick Cole's War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando,” signed by Cole and an event ticket are also available for sale. In addition, the Air Force Museum Store will host several authors including Stan Cohen (“Destination Tokyo”); Frank Goldstein (“The Last Reunion: A Salute to The Jimmy Doolittle Tokyo Raiders”); and Dennis Okerstrom (“Dick Cole's War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando”), who will be available to sign copies of their books. The store will also have commemorative merchandise available to purchase. (Federal endorsement is not implied.)

  • Doolittle Raiders Memorial and B-25 Displays

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    On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Today, just one of the men survive: Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, who served as Doolittle’s co-pilot on Crew Number 1. Cole, now 101 years old, returned to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the raid and to pay tribute to fellow Raider SSgt. David Thatcher, who passed away in 2016. Eleven B-25 Mitchell bombers were on static display on the runway behind the museum on April 17-18. There was a B-25 formation flyover prior to the start of a memorial service on 18 April, there was also a "Missing Man" formation and finally two B-1's from Ellsworth AFB flew over at the conclusion of the memorial service. In addition their were book signings by several authors, and a special film screening on the evening of April 18 of “Doolittle’s Raiders: The Final Toast.”

  • National Museum of USAF New (4th) Hanger

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    The world’s largest military aviation museum is even bigger! See more than 70 aircraft in four new galleries -- Presidential, Research & Development, Space and Global Reach. You can board a space shuttle, walk through four presidential aircraft, step inside cargo planes, enjoy new educational opportunities in three STEM Learning Nodes and much more -- all with FREE admission and parking! Plus, try out the Air Force Museum Foundation’s new suite of simulator rides including the Pulseworks’ Virtual Reality Transporter (for a small fee), the first of its kind in North America, featuring an exclusive Space Voyage experience!

  • 2015 Wright Patterson Air Force Museum Dayton, OH

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    The National Museum of the United States Air Force collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force's history, heritage and traditions, as well as today's mission to fly, fight and win ... in Air, Space and Cyberspace to a global audience through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection. These statutory duties delegated by the Secretary of the Air Force are accomplished on behalf of the American people. We are the keepers of their stories. The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision: The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation. The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible: Air and Space Superiority : With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space. Global Attack: Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before. Rapid Global Mobility: Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility. Precision Engagement: The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage. Information Superiority: The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial. Agile Combat Support: Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces. The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

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