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Special Event – Presentation and Flight Demonstration – Training Day-Learning to Fly and Fight

August 28, 2021

On Saturday, August 28, the museum will open early for a special presentation on how American pilots were recruited and trained during World War II.  There is no additional charge for this event—just purchase a ticket to the museum and arrive early so you can be in place for the presentation.  Get Tickets

This one-hour event will be held at 9am in the Westpac Restoration Hangar located on the museum campus.  Several of the museum’s training aircraft will be available for viewing during the presentation.  Following the presentation, the museum’s T-6 Texan will be flown subject to weather conditions and runway availability.

“Training Day-Learning to Fly and Fight” will be presented by Lt. Col. Don Johnson, a retired U.S. Air Force officer with 20 years of service and more than 11,000 hours of flight time.  While on active duty, Lt. Col. Johnson was an instructor and evaluation pilot on the C-5 and C-21.  As a reservist, he served for 8 years at the U.S. Air Force Academy instructing cadets on Unmanned Aerial Systems.  Following his military career, he flew MD-88’s MD-90’s and B-737’s for Delta Airlines for 13 years.  Lt. Col. Johnson has been a docent at the National Museum of World War II Aviation since 2016.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

8:00 am             Doors Open
9:00 am             Presentation
9:30 am             T-6 Walk-Around and Start-Up
9:45 am             T-6 Taxi and Take-Off

For more information contact the museum’s Front Desk at 719 637-7559




August 28, 2021


Colorado Springs, CO
775 Aviation Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80916 United States
719 637-7559


National Museum of World War II Aviation


The museum’s two F-7F Tigercats and P-38 Lightning will be on tour Saturday, November 12th through Thursday, December 8th. All other aircraft will be on display throughout this period.

The museum will be closed on the following days during the holiday season:
Thursday, November 24
Saturday, December 24
Sunday, December 25
Sunday, January 1
Happy Holidays!