Events Bring Aviation History To Life

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It's a busy time of year for aviation enthusiasts -- coming up in the next few weeks are the debut of a new 3-D version of the 1986 film Top Gun in Imax theaters around the country, a tour of classic Commemorative Air Force warbirds in the Southwest, a symposium at Fantasy of Flight in Florida featuring five of the original Tuskegee Airmen, and a new Nova documentary re-examining the famous Lindbergh baby kidnapping case. The Top Gun film is in theaters for only a week, starting Feb. 8; tickets and locations can now be found online. CAF is launching its Southwest tour February 22 through April 4, featuring the famous B-29 Superfortress bomber Fifi, the only one of its kind still flying, and a changing roster of historic aircraft including a British Spitfire and a Japanese Zero.

The full schedule for the CAF tour, with stops in Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico, is posted online. Fantasy of Flight's Legends & Legacies symposium with the Tuskegee Airmen will run Feb. 7 to 9, with five more symposia on aviation history scheduled throughout the year, featuring aircraft and airmen from the two World Wars and the Cold War era. Nova's documentary on the Lindbergh kidnapping case will air Wednesday, Jan. 30, on PBS and is also for sale as a DVD. Nova says the program will re-examine the famous crime with a team of expert investigators using state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques.