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Weathering the Storm – December 1941 to February 1943

This gallery examines America’s entry into the war and the role of airpower in the struggle to confront enemy advances in both the Pacific and European theaters.  Visitors learn about the superiority of Japanese and German aviation technology at the outset of the war, and America’s efforts to overcome that challenge.

Key events in this gallery include the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, America’s strategic approach to a war on two fronts, the Doolittle Raid, the Battle of Midway, the invasion of North Africa, and the feedback loop from the battle front that led to the development of new aircraft designs and aerial combat tactics. 

Weathering the Storm is the story of America’s resilience as it faced the technological superiority of the Japanese and German air forces, and how it leveraged its design and production capacity to close the technology gap.

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!

SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH

There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.