The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster PA474 is one of only two Lancaster aircraft remaining in airworthy condition (the other is in Canada with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton, Ontario)
PA474 is currently painted to represent Lancaster DV385, “Thumper Mk III” of 617 (‘Dambuster’) Squadron, with the code letters ‘KC-A’.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Month, we would like to share with
you some of the images and documents within our holdings at the National
Archives at Riverside.
After the Vietnam War, many refugees came to the U.S. to
create a better life for themselves after their country was torn apart. One
example comes to us from the U.S. Marine Corps newspaper, the Flight Jacket
(National Archives Identifier 44266766), from the El
Toro Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, California. El Toro became a
reception center for refugees fleeing Vietnam. Here we see former premier and
vice-president of the South Vietnamese government, Nguyen Cao Ky, who arrived
at the reception center at El Toro with many other refugees in 1975. The
newspaper documents much of the movement of refugees through its doors.
“Guardian day” is a celebration traditionally carried out in water flight which commemorates the creation of the first guardians and the ceremony by which these first dragons took their charges.
Festivities have no set date outside of “some time after wave crest ish” and are celebrated as early as the flight festival’s last day or as late as the first day of greenskeepers.
Modern festivities are a celebration of Guardian heritage and water flight culture, often associated with heavy drinking (and drunken scrying) that has become more and more popular outside of the central sea.
Along with this comes a fair amount of discourse about how non water flighters and non guardians can celebrate Heritage Day without appropriating water culture and what have you.
Either way, hug a guardian today. Ask them about their charge. Help them stand watch. Bring them gifts. Appreciate them. (and try to keep them from drinking too much)
The Duchess of Cornwall, Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Halton, attends a Graduation Parade and presents the station with its new Queen’s Colour. Her Royal Highness also visits a ‘Cool Aeronautics’ event at the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre and meets local school children learning about aviation through activities and the use of simulators. RAF Halton, Wendover, 24.05.2017
An F-22 Raptor performs a heritage flight during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 9, 2017. The program was established in 1997, allowing certified civilian pilots and Air Force pilots to perform flights together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)
An A-10C Thunderbolt II taxies down the flightline during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 12, 2017. During the course, aircrews practiced ground and flight training to enable civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft to fly safely in formations together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)
The only entrance to the Sun Temple was through the Hall of Heritage, up flights upon flights of stairs that Aracely insisted we climb, despite my suggestion that we winnow.
“It’s part of the process,” she explained.
I grumbled something about useless fae customs, but Aracely just grinned in amusement. Once on the roof of the library, we were at the bottom of the cylindrical temple, which was another seven stories high.