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>What: “Veterans Day Salute: A Celebration of Service,” an encore presentation of Fantasy of Flight’s Legends & Legacies Symposium Series. Five veterans of World War II and Vietnam will share their personal stories, while six military aircraft that flew in those conflicts will be featured and flown.
>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11.
>Where: Fantasy of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk City, FL 33868.
>Contact info: 863-984-3500 or www.fantasyofflight.com
>Details: The Veterans Day events are included in Fantasy of Flight general admission of $28.95 plus tax for adults and $14.95 plus tax for youth (ages 6-12); ages 5 and younger are free with full-paying adult. All active duty, retired, reserve and veterans with valid ID will receive free admission during the Veterans Day Salute.
>Also: Through Nov. 14, guests may bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to The Mission in Winter Haven and receive $5 off general admission. Each person in a group must bring an item to donate. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Group rates are available.
POLK CITY, Fla. (October 30, 2012) – American military heroes will not only get special recognition during the two-day “Veterans Day Salute: A Celebration of Service” coming up Nov. 10-11 at Fantasy of Flight, but some who have fascinating personal stories will share those tales during a weekend of living history.
As an extension of the Central Florida aviation-themed attraction’s highly popular 2012 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series, the “Veterans Day Salute” will feature sights and sounds from World War II and Vietnam: five veterans who served in those wars sharing their stories, along with a close-up look at five military aircraft from those conflicts in flight. This program is an encore presentation in the series that features veterans who interact with guests in open-forum/question-and-answer sessions, followed by meet-and-greet/autograph-signing sessions. Fantasy of Flight is offering free admission both days to all veterans with valid military ID, while the special Veterans Day Salute festivities are included with regular admission for the general public and for annual pass holders.
Fantasy of Flight is one of the only attractions in the country to play host to legendary WWII and Vietnam War heroes as they share their compelling personal accounts, as well as their family members and descendants, who are able to offer their own unique perspectives.
Among those who will tell their personal stories of triumph at the Veterans Day Salute program is Rudy Froeschle, who became a prisoner of war in September 1943 after his B-17 was shot down over, ironically, his father’s hometown of Stuttgart, Germany. He tried to fool his German captors into believing he actually was one of them, but the deception failed, and he was eventually imprisoned at Stalag Luft III near Frankfurt. Froeschle’s fascinating story includes a 10-day march after a camp evacuation in January 1945, during which he suffered severe frostbite, before his eventual liberation that April.
After Froeschle’s morning presentation on Saturday, Nov. 10, the afternoon belongs to D-Day warriors Sgt. Virgil Myers and Sgt. Teddy Fisk. Myers had 210 days of continual front line infantry combat time as a sergeant responsible for the Mortar Section while Fisk, a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps/Air Force ground service unit, helped build fighter bases just behind the advancing infantry divisions. On the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 11, Vietnam veterans Lt. Col. Morris Schallenberger and retired Air Force veteran Rick Julian will continue the two-day symposium. Schallenberger, with the 245th Surveillance Airplane Company, will relate tales of his night missions in 1967 and 1968 piloting OV-1B (Mohawk) aircraft along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the demilitarized zone (DMZ), missions that were directed to spot enemy convoys and alert U.S. air and ground troops. Julian, meanwhile, was a military dog trainer who retired after a 25-year career that included an assignment at Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, where he was kennel master for the largest military dog section in the world.
Also scheduled to appear during the weekend is Donaldean “Donna” Hooker, an original Rosie the Riveter who will present live riveting demonstrations. Military aircraft that will be on display and in flight for guests to admire as part of the weekend include the North American P-51C and P-51D, North American AT-6, Grumman Wildcat and Grumman Duck. The “Veterans Day Salute: A Celebration of Service” takes place during regular Fantasy of Flight hours Nov. 10 and 11, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fantasy of Flight is Central Florida’s premier aviation-themed attraction showcasing vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection; themed immersion experiences; interactive exhibits; a tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas; Restoration and Backlot tours; Fun with Flight center for families and the country’s only Aerial Demonstration of the Day (weather permitting) featuring a vintage plane. General admission also includes The Tuskegee Airmen – They Dared to Fly exhibit; the multimedia tribute to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) – A Passionate Pursuit, a walking audio tour and many special events throughout the year.
New at Fantasy of Flight this year is Wing WalkAir, a thrilling outdoor attraction featuring a 600-foot zip line suspended four stories above water and a three-level ropes course complete with 33 midair challenges to be performed while tethered to an overhead line at heights of up to 45 feet. Ideal for families, couples, student/youth groups or corporate groups seeking teambuilding opportunities, Wing WalkAir is the first attraction of its kind in Polk County, located midway between Tampa and Orlando. Admission is $22 for the zip line and ropes course or $15 for the zip line and $12 for the ropes course when purchased separately. Group rates are available. Fantasy of Flight admission is not required for entry to Wing WalkAir.
Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. General admission is $28.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors ages 55 and over and $14.95 for children, ages 6-12, plus 7 percent sales tax. Annual passes are available for $69.95 for adults, $39.95 for children ages 6-12, plus 7 percent sales tax, and are good for one year from the date of purchase. Biplane rides, through Waldo Wright’s Flying Service, and hot air balloon rides, are available for an extra charge. For more information about Fantasy of Flight, call 863-984-3500 or visit www.fantasyofflight.com.