War Machine: Propaganda in a World at War examines the role of aviation and influence during wartime. This weekend focuses on WWI, WWII, and Vietnam, and features historic aircraft, lectures, pilots, panel presentations, authors, artists and living history performances. Planned partners include Distinguished Flying Cross Society, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Holocaust Center for Humanity, Living Voices, and Dogs on Deployment. Special guests include artists James Dietz, Thom von Ross, author David Bly and Edward E. Gordon historian/author of the newly released Divided on D-Day: How Conflicts and Rivalries Jeopardized the Allied Victory at Normandy.

Saturday, November 4

11:00 AM
Living Voices World War I Performance: Northwest Passages

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Community Partner Exhibits
Distinguished Flying Cross Society, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Holocaust Center for Humanity, and Dogs on Deployment

12:00 PM
Tip-to-Tail Tour: Sopwith Camel

1:00 PM
Lecture and Book Signing with David Bly
Author of World War I book Endure the Dawn

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Living History Characters

2:00 PM


The Vietnam War - Perspectives from Air Combat Veterans Panel

Moderated panel featuring Vietnam Veterans Committee Members Captain Michael J. Brown, USA, FA,

Lieutenant Dave Cable, USN, Major Joe Crecca, F-4 pilot, USAF, and Captain Jim Farmer, B-52 pilot, USA

2:30 PM
Living Voices World War I Performance: Northwest Passages


War Machine Weekend Evening Event

Explaining Hitler and the Rise of the Third Reich

Saturday, November 4, 5:30 PM

Evening Reception, Lecture and Book Signing with Historian and Author Edward E. Gordon

The economic and political conditions at the time of Hitler’s rise were key to enabling him to seize the reins of power in Germany. This program will particularly focus on how Hitler, with the help of Joseph Gobbels, masterfully turned a wide variety of mass media into a propaganda machine to win over the German people. The monstrous Nazi criminal regime continued its domination using terror, tyranny, and lies.

Edward E. Gordon is the author or co-author of 19 books in the fields of history, business, and education. He has been quoted in or written over 300 articles and has appeared on the CBS The Early Show, PBS News Hour, CNN, NBC, Bloomberg TV, WGN, NPR, and USA Radio.

Event Schedule:

5:30 to 6:00 PM - Reception with Ed Gordon (Personal Courage Wing WWII Gallery)
6:00 PM - Introduction with opening remarks from the Holocaust Center for Humanity
6:15 to 7:30 PM - Lecture/ Q & A
7:30 to 8:00 PM - Book Signing

Tickets: $5 Members | $10 General Public (available soon)

Evening Event Tickets available now!


Sunday, November 5

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Museum Member Event
Canvas and Wood: An Artist’s View of World War I
Lecture and Tour with James Dietz; Artist James Dietz talks about his exhibit of paintings on view in the Great Gallery. This is a Museum Member event.

Member Event Info & RSVP Here

11:00 AM
Living Voices World War II Performance
Within the Silence

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Community Partner Exhibits
Distinguished Flying Cross Society, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Holocaust Center for Humanity, and Dogs on Deployment

12:00 PM
Docent Tip-to-Tail Tour of the P-51 Mustang

1:00 PM
Warheads and Wonder: Displaying Controversial Military Objects

Lecture with Justin Spielmann, Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum, Valerie Johnson, Naval Undersea Museum, and Becca Harmsen, Museum of Flight

2:00 - 3:30 PM
Lecture with War Artist Thom von Ross

2:30 PM
Living Voices World War II Performance
Within the Silence