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Lynchburg Museum highlights local aviators.

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Chauncey Spencer,  Lynchburg's Tuskegee Airman

Chauncey Spencer, Lynchburg’s Tuskegee Airman

The Lynchburg Museum will be hosting an exhibit featuring Local Aviation Pioneers for First Friday, August 2,2013.   Lynchburg was the home of many great pioneers, most recently Leland Melvin who was aboard the 24th and 31st space shuttle flights to the International Space Station.   Before Leland made his historic flights the path was paved by other Lynchburg residents including Chauncey Spencer, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Vincent “Squeek” Burnett who is reported to save the B-26 Bomber program during World War II, by training pilots on how to properly fly the plane which had a reputation of crashing.  Other notables include Lieut James Roland Kyle, Jr,  Woody Edmundson, Dan Druen, Lucille Kent and George Loving.

There will be lots of photographs and displays showing the accomplishments of these aviation pioneers.  Additionally Charlie Burnette, who helped found the Virginia State Police helicopter program in 1968, Lawrence Falwell, co-founder of Falwell Aviation and member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame, and Jim Rogers, who served in the US Air Force for 20 years and is author of: Planes, Pilots, and Gofer Tales of Lynchburg, Virginia’s Old Preston Glenn Airport will be on hand to answer questions.

The Lynchburg Museum is located at 901 Court Street and will be open free of charge on Friday 2 August from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.  The Museum is on the free trolley route that loops between participating attractions.  For more information, call 455-6226, or visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about those from Lynchburg who made aviation history.

Note:  Guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast love to tour this museum.  It is small but it tells a great story about the area and it’s people.  This is one exhibit you don’t want to miss.