Rare Vietnam War Recon Plane Dedication Sept. 7
Ceremony and lecture mark official opening
of Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star Exhibit
SEATTLE, Aug. 19, 2013--On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Museum will formally dedicate its permanent exhibition of one of the Vietnam War's rarest aircraft, the Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star. There will be a
1 p.m. ceremony at the exhibit with The Museum of Flight Curator Dan Hagedorn, followed by a 2 p.m. lecture and discussion about the Quiet Star featuring veteran YO-3A pilot retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. George Walker. The events are free with admission to the Museum.
The YO-3A was designed for the U.S. Army by Lockheed, and flew night surveillance missions over Vietnam in 1970-71. The plane's ultra-quiet design made it virtually silent and undetectable at night while flying above 1,200 feet. Though it arrived late in the War, the Quiet Star proved to be groundbreaking in the eventual development of stealth technologies for subsequent generations of surveillance and
For more information about the YO-3A on the Museum Website.
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