In case you've been looking for an excuse to come out and support the museum but hadn't found one yet, here it is!
We're pleased to announce that our new exhibition on military aviation and the history of planes in warfare has just opened, and will be here through April 2016. That gives you just over 5 months to come out and see this spectacular glimpse into the role of military innovation on contemporary aircraft!
Aviation in Military Literature
A second aspect the exhibit looks at is how aviation has been portrayed throughout military accounts and military history. One popular example is that of Army sniper Chris Kyle, whose now infamous book "American Sniper" has not only become a NYTimes bestseller, but also a worldwide movie hit with mega-star Bradley Cooper.
For those of you who don't know the story, Kyle was a sniper deployed on multiple tours in Iraq, and is commended with having the most kills of any sniper in military history. What his autobiography makes perfectly clear, however, is that he would've been killed in action multiple times had it not been for the collaboration among armed forces divisions and the ability of cutting edge aerial technology to both provide accurate intelligence and come into the field (where he was often deep in enemy territory) to both deploy missions and rescue the soldiers when they were outgunned.
You can listen to this incredible story with this American Sniper audiobook free download.
You can also see further evidence of these principles with some of the greatest US history books of all time. For instance, in Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, he talks about how aeronautical innovation reshaped American history on multiple fronts, from the business and industrial innovations afforded by the ever-present drive for better aircraft to how that impacted the US dominance in every war since the invention of the plane.
He argues that our ability to consistently stay ahead of the curve from the standpoint of military aviation has in no small part contributed to the success of the country in the 20th century.
Learn more with this A People's History of the United States audio download.
The History of Military Planes and Warfare
Based on the information provided in these two books and more, the exhibit takes an in depth look at how planes evolved over the course of the 20th century, and how military, rather than commercial, drive was a primary factor in driving the development of all contemporary planes, not just military aircraft.
The deep-pocketed research division funded everything from Howard Hughes and his WWII-era monstrosity, the Hercules H-4, through the more agile but equally expensive F-22 and other modern equipment.
We think this is an exciting exhibit that can be great fun for enthusiasts of all ages, so come on by to see us while it lasts!
Exhibit entrance is included with the price of regular admission, and is free for Brooklands' supporting members.