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In recognition of Veterans Day, The Museum of Flight will dedicate its Grumman A-6 Intruder to the Navy crew of a similar plane that was shot down during the Vietnam War. A panel discussion of A-6 veterans will precede the dedication ceremony.
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002
Panel Discussion: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Dedication Ceremony: 4:15 to 4:30 p.m.
The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
Esther Lester, 94, mother of fallen A-6 pilot Lt. Roderick Lester; retired Navy Capt. Greg Wood, Vietnam-era squadron mate of Lester; other retired A-6 aircrew members who were stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
The Museum’s A-6 has recently been restored in the colors of “Viceroy 502,” the bomber piloted during the Vietnam War by Morton, Wash., native Lt. Roderick Lester. Lester and his bombardier/navigator Lt. Harry Mossman were shot down in July 1972 and were officially missing in action for almost 30 years until the discovery of their crash site in 2001 by the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, an inter-service military unit dedicated to resolving the fates of Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Portions of the aircraft have been returned to the United States and are on temporary display at the Museum.
The panelists—all former Navy A-6 pilots—will discuss the combat history of the aircraft from its initial deployment in the early 1960s to its final use in the Gulf War. Capt. Wood will recount his personal experiences flying with Lester and Mossman, as well as his 1997 trip to Vietnam with the Joint Task Force to search for Viceroy 502.
Admission to the Museum is complimentary on Nov. 9 for veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces in uniform. The discussion and dedication are complimentary with Museum admission.
About the Museum of Flight
Seattle’s Museum of Flight features 59 full-size historic air- and spacecraft, including America’s first presidential jet, a Boeing VC-137B; the world’s first fighter plane, the 1914 Caproni Ca 20; and the world’s only Mach 3+ Lockheed M/D-21 spyplane and drone. Visitors can also explore the Red Barn®, the 1916 birthplace of The Boeing Company. The Museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the first Thursday of each month 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit the Web site at www.museumofflight.org.