Aviation Lecture Series: Cliff Johnson, P-61 Pilot
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
On Thursday night, February 18th, WW2 Veteran Cliff Johnson plans to speak as a part of the WACO Aviation Lecture Series. Door will open at 6:30 pm. Cliff will share his experiences as a pilot of the P-61 Black Widow Night Fighter. Painted completely black, this plane was one of the first aircraft designed specifically for night fighting and used an effective form of then recently developed radar. Come hear about the unique mission of the Black Widow and how the single pilot and three air crewman coordinated attacks on the enemy bombers by flying at night.
In 1943, at the age of 18, Clifford Johnson enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and was called to active duty February 1944. During active duty he was stationed in the Philippines as part of the 419th Night Fighter Squadron of the 13th US Army Air Corps. Thanks to the GI Bill, he finished a bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western Washington University, and then completed a doctor’s degree in educational administration at the University of Washington in 1962. After teaching and administration in public schools, he moved to Ohio and served Cedarville College as Registrar and Director of Admissions becoming the academic dean in 1964 and then as Cedarville University academic vice president until 1987. He also has served as a member and officer of the 13th Air Force Veterans Association. Now he continues active as a Sunday school teacher, plus serving as a Rotarian and as an officer on a senior center board. He is married to Dr. Pamela Johnson who serves Cedarville University at Dean of Undergraduate Studies. They both enjoy living near Cedarville, traveling to the western United States and mowing three acres around a half acre fish pond.
The Aviation Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Dayton Power and Light Corporation. Parking and admission are free and open to the public. The program is scheduled to last one hour will be held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy, OH. Donations will be accepted to benefit the WACO Historical Society. For questions, please call 937-335-9226 .
Lego Submissions have been extended until Friday, February 5.
Adults - $6 Military (with ID) - $5 Students - $3 Under 6 - Free
The WACO Historical Society has a dual purpose: Preservation of history of the WACO Aircraft Company and the Golden Age of Flight; and the education of young people in the area of math, science, technology and history, using aviation themes as a means toward enhancing student enthusiasm and response to traditional classroom curriculum.
WACO Historical Society
1865 South County Road 25A
Troy, Ohio 45373
Phone number: (937) 335-9226
FAX: (937) 335-4357