Veteran Reunited At Planes Of Fame Event

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Major Tashjian and l.t. Col. Purdy in 1944

Photo courtesy: Planes of Fame
Major Tashjian and l.t. Col. Purdy in 1944


Chino – Planes of Fame Museum in Chino will be hosting a unique Living History Flying Day event this weekend, where an author will be present and a WWII Fighter Pilot will be reunited with the actual aircraft that he flew in combat in 1944.

The museum recently received absolute proof that their Vought F4U-1A Corsair flew in the combat zone during WWII. The story behind this discovery goes down to the work of author Michele Spry.

In honor of this discovery, Planes of Fame will be hosting a unique, Living History event on August 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., which will feature the Vought F4U-1A Corsair and pilot. The event will take place at Planes of Fame Air Museum, located at 7000 Merrill Avenue #17, Chino, CA 91710. Museum doors will open at 9 a.m.

Major Tashjian & l.t. Col. Purdy in 2016

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Major Tashjian & l.t. Col. Purdy in 2016

Major John Tashjian, who flew the F4U Corsair in combat and author Michele Spry will be the event’s speakers. Unfortunately, Lt. Col. Purdy (who also flew the F4U in combat) will not be able to travel to California for the event, but his daughter Gayla Maier will be a guest speaker as well. A question and answer period will follow the speakers.

The Vought F4U-1A Corsair will be on display and perform a flight demonstration. At 12 p.m., the Raffle Flight will occur. All members are eligible to enter the Raffle, but you must be present to win. You can also become a member so you can enter the Raffle.

Author Michele Spry is a native of Columbia, Missouri and President of Midway Electric, Inc. Michele’s business was awarded the 2009 Blue Ribbon Award from the US Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, her company received the Free Enterprise Honoree Award from the US Chamber of Commerce given to 25 companies across the USA and in 2012 they received the Flag of Freedom Award for hiring veterans.

Among her numerous awards and honors for business and leadership, Michele is also an accomplished author. In 2013 she self-published her first children’s book titled “Tom T’s Hat Rack” and on July 4, 2106 has released her second children’s book titled “A Trip To Remember”.

Kevin Thompspon (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) and Edward Maloney (Museum founder & Curator, and Aviation Historian) will moderate and join in the presentation.

Planes of Fame Museum’s mission is to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.

Planes of Fame Air Museum is “Where Warbirds Fly and Aviation History Lives”.

For more information, visit planesoffame.or

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