Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Korea Veteran Archive

Veterans Day Pensacola Air Show

2022 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

The Making History Project conducted Veteran pilot oral history interviews while at the Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show during Veterans Day week. The two-day air show was the final tour stop for the Blue Angels which are based in Pensacola, Florida. This was a fantastic and well-attended event with constant air demonstrations of planes from all different makes, models, and genres.

Planes, Planes, and More Planes

The U.S. Military was well represented by the Air Force’s A-10 demonstration team, the F-35 Lightning II, and the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet. There were also aerobatic demonstrations from various civilian and modified planes including a YAK-110 and the Stearman Flight Team consisting of WWII trainer bi-planes.

Veteran Pilot Oral History Interviews

In total, the Making History Project conducted eight Veteran pilot oral history interviews. The aircraft these Veteran pilots flew ranged from combat fighters, transports, and surveillance planes, to helicopters. In all, Veteran pilots interviewed saw service in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, and during the Cold War.

I want to thank fellow Florida lawyer, Roy Kinsey, for his kind hospitality and for introducing me to these heroes. Roy is one of the Stearman pilots who is dedicated to preserving the memories of World War II pilots through Veterans Flight and taking them on a flight in a World War II trainer bi-plane. Also a very special thanks to the Innisfree Jet Center for graciously allowing me to interview the Veterans at their fine facility.

Veterans Day Gratitude

Finally, thank you to the Veterans, Cash Barber, Leonard Swartz, Stanley Golanka, PJ Imhof, Bob Rasmussen, Jack Grinstead, Bruce Phillips, and Seymour Marshall, for all they have done in the service of our country and to their families who took time out of their day to make the Veteran pilot oral history interviews happen.

Meet the New Veteran Interviewees

The American Heartland Tour was a major success that netted an additional thirty-nine new Veteran oral history interviews.

These Veterans are a very diverse group, hailing from South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. Diversity included both men and women of different races and backgrounds including Native American. Represented were the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard from all different eras starting with World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Cold War, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Without further adieu, I introduce you to the latest class of Veteran interviewees: