The Museum's free Speaker Series offers in 2019 its 17th year of presenters covering a wide range of aviation and space topics. The Series begins in April and continues through November on the first Monday of each month at 7pm, except when that day is a federal holiday. These presentations, held at the Lockheed Martin Auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd in Middle River, MD are FREE and open to the public. A photo ID is required for entry into the facility.. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
For Groups of 12 or more:
Make First Mondays a Museum Tour, Supper and Speaker Night
Take a 90 minute tour of the Museum’s indoor exhibits and the outdoor exhibit of aircraft ($5 per person, 3:30 – 4:45pm ), enjoy supper via a five minute drive to By The Docks Restaurant where Monday night Special is Lobster Night (https://bythedocks.com 5 – 6:30pm), and attend the speaker presentation 7 – 8:30pm with Free Admission. Schedule your group’s visit at 410-682-6122 by leaving a message for Debi.
A photo ID for adults is required for entry into the speaker series facility at the Lockheed Martin auditorium
2020 Speaker Series
Canceled for this year
April 6 - Moved to August 3
May 4: Chuck Trainor, Air war in the Pacific - Canceled
June 1: Lt. Col Wayde Minami, MDANG, The Maryland National Air Guard in World War II - Canceled
July 16: Tom Jones, Space shuttle stories - Virtual - details to come
August 3: Canceled
Regina Wirtanen Buker,
Skytrain Pilots: Unsung Heroes of D-Day
Regina Wirtanen Buker is the recipient of the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 10th Annual Combs Gates award, director of the 442nd Troop Carrier Group, lecturer, and historian of the 82nd Airborne Division’s C-47 Club; she is the author of The Skytrain Pilot: Flying a C-47 into Combat.
On the approach to the 76th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, learn the story of courage of the unsung troop transport crews. The pilots of these unarmed and unarmored planes flew at low altitudes and slow speeds to deploy paratroopers, explosives, ammunition behind enemy lines. Most published accounts neglect the role of the C-47 pilots and crews and their acts of valor and self-sacrifice. Based on years of research, with access to eyewitness accounts, flight logs, and squadron reports, this lecture aims to fill this gap in the World War II record.
September 14: Stan Piet, The Martin Company in World War II
Oct. 5: Mike Simons, Radar in World War II - Canceled
Nov. 2: Heroes on Deck, documentary on pilots who trained on aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan during World War II.
Directions to the 2019 speaker series:
Lockheed Martin Auditorium
2323 Eastern Boulevard,
Middle River, MD 21220
Travel I-95 north to Rt 43 and exit, turning right onto Rt 43.
Continue until the road ends at Eastern Blvd.
Turn right on Eastern Blvd.
Get into the left lane.
Turn left at the light after Wilson Point Road (convenience store here)
Turn right into the first parking lot and head straight ahead towards the large administration building where the Speaker Series auditorium is located.
Stan Piet "The Seamaster and Martin Seaplane"
World War I
William Armstrong Maryland in WWI
World War II
Nedda Thomas Hump Pilot (Flying the Hump)
Rick Beyer Ghost Army of World War II
Dr. Roger Miller Berlin Airlift 1948-1949
Bob Dorr Mission to Berlin
Bernie Sledzik Battle of the Bulge
Jerome Beser Radar Operator Lt. Jacob Beser
Ellis Woodward Combat School, Flying Hell
Amy Nathan Yankee Doodle Gals
Jack Burkert Baltimore’s Big Three Industries
Tom Culbert PanAfrica 1941
Maureen O’Prey Allied women in WWII
Patrick Weadon "Battle of Midway"
Wolfgang Samuel "German Boy, my story of survival in WWII and the postwar years."
Kevin Grantham - The Development of the Fisher P-75A
Jack Breihan The Martin 202, Martin's Biggest Mistake
Dr. Roger Miller Billy Mitchell and Martin Planes
Norman Augustine Martin Aviation History
Stan Piet Martin Aviation History
Leon Shulman B-26 Pilot
Stan Piet The Seamaster and Martin Seaplane
Stan Piet The Glenn L. Martin Story - 1910 - 1960s
Tom Jones Next Earth
Panel on Pluto Project
Human Space Exploration
Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM)
Mining the Skies
Charting a Course in Space
Near Earth Objects
Apollo 11 mission, “One Giant Leap'
Don Thomas The Day a Woodpecker Attacked the Space Shuttle
Dr. Michael Stanford Last Rockets to the Moon
Massimo Stiavelli James Webb Space Telescope
Cheryl Reed DART Project
Jason Kalirai Hubble Space Telescope
Mike Scassero University of Maryland
Aaron Harrington Aberdeen Proving Ground
Belinda & Terry Kilby Elevated Element
Misc. Aviation Themes
Al Pollard Martin State Airport
Donna Suwall The 99's
Carl Bobrow Gen. George Owen Squier, Military Aviation Pioneer
Barry Lanman Recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross
Susan Maule Women Airline Pilots
Vic Kilkowski Maryland Air National Guard
and Guy Walsh
Susan Loricchio The Golden Age of Aviation
Philip Allen Volunteer animal transport pilot
Captain Jeff Long Helicopter pilot for WJZ TV
Peter Plostins Computational modeling and testing of aerospace system
Tom Jones Nuclear Bomber Down: The Cold War Comes to 1964 Maryland Jane Toskes Air Race Classic
Ernie Snowden The Winged Brothers