Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Opening the 2013 Second Saturday roster at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum this weekend is a visit with Tuskegee Airman Ben “Flaps” Berry, who will hold a “fireside” chat at 12:30 p.m. Berry will tell his story of training to be a pilot for the Army Air Corps when the U.S. government wondered whether Blacks could fly.
Berry will also be available to sign his book, “To the Moon, Mars and Beyond.”
On this day, WAAAM will also begin restoration on the Pusher. Visitors will get a sneak peak of the “before” version in the restoration hangar. The museum plans to have it restored in time to fly in September at the Fly-In.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to members; $12 per adult; $10 per senior and $6 for children.
The Second Saturday schedule is as follows:
n 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Second Saturday Action: flying, driving, learning
n 10-11:30 a.m. — Book signing with Ben Berry
n 10:30 a.m. — Finishing the YPF annual, then the 1932 WACO YPF will fly
n 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Lunch is served
n Noon — WAAAM’s little Model A will take a spin; want a ride?
n 12:30 p.m. — Tuskegee Airman Ben Berry speaks
n 2 p.m. — Help “push the Pusher.” WAAAM will be moving the Pusher to the restoration hanger and needs your help. This is the first step in getting this early plane flying again.
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