Frontiers of Flight Museum To Host Vietnam Veterans Event

Alan Scaia
August 23, 2019 - 4:48 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field will host an event honoring veterans of Vietnam this weekend. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

"It gives you an understanding of what our veterans go through and how much we are fortunate to live in the country we live in with the freedoms we do have," says Kent Harraid, the collections database manager at the museum.

The event starts with an opening ceremony by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

At 10:20, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Bob Pardo will speak. Pardo was a pilot in Vietnam.

During a mission, the fuel tank of another F4 was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Pardo's plane had been hit and was leaking fuel, but he and his backseater flew underneath the other plane.

The other plane lowered its tailhook. Pardo lodged the tailhook against his windshield to "tow" the plane to safety.

The planes were able to travel about 80 miles, far enough for a safe rescue.

At 11:10, Lieutenant Colonel John Piowaty will speak. Piowaty completed 100 missions over Vietnam.

The museum is bringing in a Russian MiG-17. The two will speak next to the plane.

"They'll get to see their old nemesis," Harraid says. "One of them said, 'Well, I can't wait to see the MiG. Last time I saw one wasn't in the United States.'"

The event Saturday is free.

10:00 AM

Opening Ceremony w/ Paralyzed Veterans of America

10:20 AM

Keynote Address: Lt. Col. Bob Pardo, Legendary F-4 Pilot - 2019 Luckadoo Lecture Series Speaker

11:10 AM

Heroes over Hanoi Panel: Lt. Col. John Piowaty, Decorated F-105 Pilot, Lt. Col. Bob Pardo, and visiting MiG-17 - Sponsored by Signature Flight Support

12:00 PM

Jazz Music with Aubrey, 30+ Exhibitors, STEM Challenges - Supported by UPS

12:00 PM

Free All-American Hot Dog Lunch - Sponsored by Food Glorious Food

1:30 PM

On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope and Radio Stars of the 1940s with Special Guest, Marilyn Monroe - Sponsored by USAA