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Museum hosts series on WWI pilots and planes

By Staff | Nov 24, 2017

Submitted photo A WWI-era airplane. Photo used with permission by Len Mozey.

The Rugby Prairie Village Museum hosted a WWI discussion on Nov 12 as part of its series, on Airplanes and Pilots with speaker Director Glenn Blackaby from the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. His talk addressed the evolution of the airplane in military situations.

“The airplane was in its infancy leading up to WWI,” Blackaby said. “Military and political leaders saw flying as an amusing pastime with little military value.” He talked about the growth of the airplane’s value from ground surveillance, to the first guns which were unsuccessfully mounted on the old planes due to excess weight.

Blackaby’s presentation on the changing role of planes and pilots in WWI is one in a series of events being presented at Prairie Village Museum, supported in part by a World War I and America grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.

On Jan. 16, the museum will host its second WWI and America Community Book Discussion. Moderators Ron Montonye and Stephanie Steinke will lead a discussion of Christopher Clark’s “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to War in 1914.” The discussion will start at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Old Main Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

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