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Tuskegee Airmen traveling exhibit returns to Liberty Aviation Museum

Jeff Sondles, Dr. Harold Brown, and Vernon Roen at last years Rise Above Traveling Exhibit

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron and the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit are coming to the Liberty Aviation Museum (LAM) at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton May 13-17. The Rise Above exhibit tells the story of the famed Tuskegee Airmen to young people all across American in an experiential way. “We are truly pleased to be hosting this fine event for the third year, and for the first time during an active school year,” said LAM President and CEO Edward Patrick.

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WWII Veterans can experience a different kind of Honor Flight at the Liberty Aviation Museum

The Liberty Aviation Museum today announced that World War II veterans will be able to experience a unique and different kind of Honor Flight this season.

“This all becomes possible because our friends up at The Yankee Air Museum (YAM) recently announced they will be honoring WW II veterans with free rides on the B-17 Yankee Lady and B-25 Yankee Warrior when a paid rider accompanies them,” states Jeff Sondles, Operations Director of the Liberty Aviation Museum. “This special two-for-one pricing is effective for the season, beginning in May and running into October.”

“All of us feel the deepest honor when a World War II veteran steps aboard one of our aircraft,” said Kevin Walsh, Executive Director of Yankee Air Museum. “We want as many World War II veterans as possible to have the opportunity to fly on the B-17 or B-25. This is a special offer for them and an imperative for us.”

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Liberty Aviation Museum recruiting volunteers

Liberty Aviation Museum Director Jeff Sondles addressing a tour group from the Catawba Island Club on Saturday. 

The Liberty Aviation Museum, adjacent to the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton, opened in July of 2012. A year and a half later, the museum is already undergoing a major expansion.

The hangar being constructed behind the existing buildings will house the Ford Tri-Motor restoration project and visiting historical aircraft, and will be the winter exhibit area for the Museum’s fully restored PT boat. This will allow more space in the existing part of the Museum for new exhibits and various events. Two historical organizations have recently contacted the Museum about being the permanent home for their collections.  

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