At 10 am, Allan Maddaus will speak about his book: Wright Peak Elegy: A Story of Cold War, Nuclear Deterrence and Ultimate Sacrifice (Epigrapgh Publishing, 2022). The book chronicles the story of a U.S Strategic Air Command B-47 Stratojet, flying at 400 miles an hour during a practice bombing run in wind-driven snow and freezing rain, that crashed into Wright Peak in the Adirondack Mountains in 1962. Maddaus will be selling and signing books after the presentation.
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is a one-of-a-kind cultural resource located at the Schenectady County Airport in the Town of Glenville, at the site of the former General Electric Flight Test Center.
Dedicated to interpreting aviation, particularly as related to New York State, the museum offers visitors a variety engaging and educational experiences, including interpretive exhibits, a spectacular collection of restored aircraft, the State’s largest aviation library and an airpark with over 20 aircraft.
Exhibits include the enemy aircraft in the film Top Gun, a 13’ scale model of the Japanese aircraft carrier “Akagi” built for the film Tora, Tora, Tora and a mockup of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed 10, used in the TV movie The Final Flight starring Diane Keaton. Also, newly erected is a ½ size replica of a British Airways Concorde, in front of the Museum.
The breakfast menu will include pancakes, french toast, eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea and more.
Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM.
For more information about the museum call (518) 377-2191 or visit the museum website.
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Photo of Grumman F-14 Tomcat courtesy Empire State Aerosciences Museum.