In 2006, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, AZ began a free, public program of speakers open to aviation enthusiasts of all ages. The programs are presented monthly on the campus, normally the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. during fall and spring semesters, typically provide an insider’s perspective in a firsthand-narrative, multi-media presentation. Topics have ranged from World War I to the space program and everything in between. From 2008 on, most of the presentations have been videotaped and we are pleased to share them on Scholarly Commons. For more information about these free programs at ERAU or to get email notices, please contact Professor Nick Manderfield at 777-6985 or mandern@erau.edu

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Presentations from 2017

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Dancing with the Lockheed Stars; Tommy’s Love Affair with Lockheed Airplanes, Tommy Morgenfeld

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The Forgotten Airborne, Kay Nehring

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Beacons Light the Way for Air Mail in Arizona, Arvin Schultz

Presentations from 2016

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From XST to F-117A, Alan Brown

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The FAC, the Trail and the Secret War, Ron Carr

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Exploits of a Helicopter TV Journalist, Jerry Foster

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Concorde – 20th Century Icon, John Hutchinson

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Apollo 13: The Longest Hour, Sy Libergot

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Dreamland: Secrets of Area 51, Peter Merlin

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The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, William Norwood

Presentations from 2015

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A Mouse That Ate an Elephant; The Russo Finnish War in the Air, Ron Anderson

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Jolly Green Mission Brief, Rich Blackwell

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Flying the X-15 and Space Shuttle, Joe H. Engle

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Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot, Larry W. Greenly

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The C-130 Hercules in Vietnam, 1971-72, John Hopper

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The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II, Natalie J. Stewart-Smith

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Amelia Earhart - A Study in Courage, Daring and Foolhardiness, Gene Tissot

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The Atomic Bombings of Japan - Right or Wrong?, William Weiss

Presentations from 2014

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SAC Drone History, John Dale

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Submarines for Aviators, Randy Hoffman

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Tales of a Combat Advisor in Iraq, Jerry Kidrick

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Cheating Death, Combat Air Rescues in Vietnam and Laos, George Marrett

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Memphis Belle, Hot Stuff, Gen Andrews & the Quest to be First to Complete 25, William Waldock

Presentations from 2013

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Edwards AFB and the Air Force Flight Test Center, Charlie Bock Col, USAF, Ret.

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The Berlin Airlift, Tom Cossaboom

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Honoring Tuskegee Airmen; Past & Present, Larry Jackson

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Ralph A. O'Neill, Arizona's Other WW I Ace, Alan Roesler

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Flying the U-2, Art Saboski

Presentations from 2012

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Zeppelins over London, Ron Anderson

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Airpower Prophets: Giulio Douhet, Billy Mitchell and Hugh Trenchard, Bob Berlin

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Building a Wright Flyer - by Committee, Fred E.C. Culick

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The History of Air Traffic Control, Rose Marie Kern

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We Did Our Part: the Story of a World War II AAF Air Transport C-47 Pilot in the South West Pacific, Kay Nehring

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A (Declassified) History of Military Drones, Stephen Rayleigh

Presentations from 2011

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General Doolittle's Elephant, Hal Cope

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Building the Spirit of St Louis, Oce A. Dotson

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Flying UAV’s in Iraq, Stephen Rayleigh

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My Adventures in Helicopters!, Dwayne Williams

Presentations from 2010

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David and Goliath – Battle for the Airways, Hal Cope

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A Day in the Life of a Float Plane Charter Pilot, Bryan Cox

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A Historical Look at the AV-8 Harrier Program, Bill O'Hara

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The U2 Spy Plane Crisis: Turning Point in the Cold War, William Weiss

Presentations from 2009

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Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systems (Joint STARS) --- The Early Days, George Cusimano

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Gossamer Albatross, Steve Elliott

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"Sie Kommen" (They're Coming), David Hamilton

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On the inside of SpaceShipOne, Dan Linehan

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Every Wreck Tells a Story, David Trojan

Presentations from 2008

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A History of Prescott's Ernest A. Love Field, Nancy Burgess

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Adventures on the Dark Continent, Hal Cope

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The Military Career of Ernest A. Love, Alan Roesler