Living History Project

The Heritage Flight Museum is dedicated to honoring Veteran’s and to keeping history alive. Our ‘Living History’ program was created to help capture the stories of the real people who served in the armed forces, and to whom we all owe so much. These real-life stories are collected and displayed in a number of ways:

Veteran Biographies

There is a binder display here at the Museum called ‘Ordinary People… Extraordinary Lives’, which houses single-page accounts from veterans telling about their military service, a particular anecdote or their reflections of a particular time when they were in service. Hand-written and often accompanied by a photograph, they convey poignant messages to the visitors who read them. If you are interested in adding your own page, please click here to download our Veterans Biography sheet (PDF).

Oral History Interview

The next ‘level’ of the program is an interview with our oral historian. Though these are not limited to just veteran pilots, our Veteran Interview Prep Question form is geared towards military aviators. Completed forms may be used for display, and/or will be evaluated and a decision made to proceed with a full interview. If you are interested in participating in a Oral History Interview, and possibly being featured on one of our display boards, click here to download our Veterans questionnaire (PDF).

‘Living History’ Pilot Profile display

The goal of this display is to feature a local, Veteran pilot from youth to the present… with the focal point of the display being their time in the military. These displays are largely visual, comprised of photographs supplied by the subject, and quotes and short paragraphs extracted from the Oral History Interview. The hope is that they will not only tell a story to all of our visitors, but more importantly that they might capture the attention of our younger visitors.

The idea being that there, front and center is a ‘cool’, ‘hero-type’ person… dashing and daring on the wing of an old airplane! “WOW! Look what they did!” Closer inspection reveals a time when that ‘hero’ was a regular-looking kid, with no clear future ahead of them… “That kid kind of looks like me.” And of course, the final piece is the picture of that ‘hero’ now, perhaps weathered by age and time… “Gosh. That looks like my Grandpa. I wonder if he has a story to tell?”

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