Taiwanese Air Force Missions of the Cold War Highlight Feb. 2 Lunar New Year Free Events at the The Museum of Flight

| January 26, 2017

Free evening family activities, Seattle Chinese Chorus, plus special event with former Republic of China Air Force U-2 and Neptune spy pilots and crews

SEATTLE – On Feb. 2, Free First Thursday from 5-9 p.m. the Museum celebrates the “Year of the Rooster” with fun family activities, plus music performed by the Seattle Chinese Chorus, 7:30-9 p.m. From 5:15-7:15 p.m. there will be a special event about the secret missions flown by the Republic of China Air Force for the Americans during the Cold War-the Black Cat and Black Bat missions. There will also be complimentary popcorn at the events by Pop! Gourmet.

Republic of China Air Force U-2 pilot Col. Chen Wai

Cold War Secret Missions of the Republic of China Air Force:
The Black Cats and Black Bats
5:15 to 7:15 p.m.
The program will be a rare gathering of former Republic of China Air Force flight crew members who flew the planes and planned the missions they couldn’t talk about for years. Distinguished panelists will include pilots who of the notorious U-2 spyplane and the P2V Neptune, their descendants and aviation historians. One of the speakers at the event, retired U.S. Navy Captain Jim Winn recalls, “Of the Chinese crews I was honored to train, I can state that their desire and ability to master the aircraft was beyond comparison in my experience.”

The Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Vincent C.H. Yao will be a special guest speaker.

Introduction by Anchi Tan Miller
Welcome by Vincent C. H. Yao, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Seattle
Black Cat and Black Bat Review by Li Wang, Aviation Historian
P2V and Black Bat by Jim Winn, retired U.S. Navy
“Soldier, Hero, Family Man: Remembering Tsoming Ho” by Kelly Liu
“My Father Jinding Yin – Black Bat P2V Pilot” by Sara Yin

Panel discussion moderated by Anchi Tan Miller:
Johnny Shen, Black Cat mission U-2 pilot
Cheng Wei, Black Cat mission U-2 pilot
Jim Winn, US Navy P2V Black Bat operation supervisor
Kelly Liu, granddaughter of Tsoming Ho, Black Bat mission P2V navigator
Sara Yin, daughter of Jinding Yin, Black Bat mission P2V pilot
Li Wang, aviation historian

“Honor our Heroes” award presentation, Vincent C. H. Yao, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Seattle

For Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org

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