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Mel Swanson Day

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Tennessee Museum of Aviation
Join us on Saturday, April 22 as we recognize and honor Lt Col Mel Swanson. The Tennessee Museum of Aviation will open to the general public at 10:00am. Soon after opening, and weather permitting, our Douglas A-1H Skyraider will perform a brief flight demonstration to begin the day.
Vietnam Veterans, from Operating Location Alpha Alpha (OLAA), are gathering for their reunion and openly welcome museum visitors to be a part of this special event. At 1:30pm, we will begin an informal panel discussion leading to a Question & Answer session centered around Lt Col Mel Swanson and Operating Location Alpha Alpha in general. Please join these A-1 Skyraider pilots as they share their experiences and honor their Commander.

Lt Col Melvin G. “Mel” Swanson passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017. Mel was a Firefly in early 1970 before being assigned to command 56th SOW Operating Location Alpha Alpha (OLAA) at Danang AB, RVN. Known to many as the “Spad Dad”, Mel led the small unit in highly classified missions supporting Special Forces reconnaissance teams as well as USAF Search and Rescue missions in the late summer of 1970.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the “Heroes” who bravely served during the Vietnam War.

**The OLAA reunion group will hold a private ceremony honoring their Commander. The museum will close at 5:00pm on April 22.**

Regular admission prices apply to this event.
Tennessee Museum of Aviation
135 Air Museum Way
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-908-0171 ext 27 (admission desk)