970 Winter 2019 The “Wings of War”
Monday, 2:15–3:40, Feb. 11
United Christian Parish, Reston
Instructor: Harry Cawood
Coordinator: Bob Coffin
This class traces the development of military aircraft from World War I through the Cold War era, using the perspective of the real aircraft on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. Rather than tracking their changes on a purely chronological basis, it groups the air weapons by type: fighter, bomber, ground attack, night fighter, recon, and helicopter. It then analyzes the rationale for, construction concerns about, and unique capabilities of each weapons system. Learn about everything from the WWI Nieuports to the Cobras of Vietnam. A coda at the end speaks to the price paid in those wars.
Harry Cawood has been a docent at the National Air and Space Museum for over 20 years, starting at the Garber Reconstruction Facility in the early 1990s. He is currently leading the effort in a program to “Bring the Museum to the People.” He selects, trains, and mentors new Air and Space instructors and has made presentations at OLLI Montgomery College.