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 2013 Speakers

Barry S. Martin

    John J. Geoghegan

    Bobbi Phelps Wolverton

 2012 Speakers

    Barbara Schultz

    Arue Szura

    Thomas Kewin
      and Sonja Vukasin

    Jerry Whiting

    Faride Khalaf

    Craig Harwood


Oakland Aviation Museum Presents
Bruce C. Bolinger
By Trial and Error: The Experience of a Dutch Escape Line in the Second World War

August 2, 2015
12 noon in the Gallery Room

Bruce Bolinger served as County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters for Nevada County from 1980 to 1998. Before that he taught political science, was a consultant to the California State Assembly on election law, served as legislative assistant to a Member of Congress, and was district manager of the 1980 Decennial Census.

Mr. Bolinger became interested in WWII escape lines because his great-uncle, a Dutchman living in Brussels, hid nine people from the Nazis, including an American airman by the name of Tom Applewhite. Mr. Bolinger located Applewhite in 2000 and, for the next six years, worked with him on the story of his escape from when he was shot down in November 1943 over The Netherlands to when he reached the British naval base at Gibraltar two months later. In researching Applewhite's story, Mr. Bolinger met Karst Smit, the head of the Dutch escape line that was the first to help Mr. Applewhite. Applewhite was the last man to successfully pass through the Dutch escape line before it was broken by the German secret military police.

    Crew of the B-17 "Stag Party"

Join us for a very interesting and informative talk!

Oakland Aviation Museum developed another
intriguing and informative series of presentations in 2013. 

Our guest speakers in 2013 covered fascinating subjects including Pan Am from piloting flying boats of the 1930s to being a stewardess in the '60s and '70s, history of early aircraft designers and aviators such as Moye Stephens and John J. Montgomery, and modern airliners from construction of the Boeing Dreamliner to deconstruction of older fleet aircraft. 


Sunday  September 15, 2013

"Behind the Smile: Sex, Humor and Terror 
During the Glamour Years of Aviation"

Join author Bobbi Phelps Wolverton as she shares fascinating true tales illustrating life behind the scenes of an international flight attendant in the 1960s and early 1970s, during the airline industry's most glamorous era.

Bobbi Phelps Wolverton was a young, adventurous woman when she joined the charter airline industry and traveled the world between 1965 and 1972.  


As a flight attendant for World Airways, an international charter airline company headquartered in Oakland, California, Bobbi flew for six years into Vietnam during the height of the war, taking soldiers to and from airports close to the battlefields. 

Bobbi will share details of the drama and danger during this most violent time in commercial aviation.  In addition, she will highlight sensational episodes she experienced in Europe, the Orient, and Egypt (during the infamous Six-Day War). 

Sunday August 11, 2013

Join author John J. Geoghegan as he tells the riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of history in World War II using a squadron of underwater aircraft carriers a generation ahead of their time.


Mr. Geoghegan specializes in reporting on unusual inventions that fail in the commercial marketplace despite their innovative nature. He coined the term, "white elephant technologies," to describe these inventions and writes a weekly column about them for the Huffington Post.


Mr. Geoghegan's non-fiction book, Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Their Plan to Change the Course of WWII tells the true (but little known) story of a squadron of underwater aircraft carriers purpose-built by Japan to launch a surprise attack against New York City and Washington, DC as a follow up to Pearl Harbor.

Saturday  May 4, 2013

Join local author Barry S. Martin when he shares some tall, but true tales of Royal Leonard’s extraordinary adventures as Chiang Kai-shek’s personal pilot, a co-conspirator with the Flying Tigers commander and aviator on the “Skyway to Hell” in World War II. 

Learn about this legendary aviator and the drama and danger of the Golden Age of American Aviation and the Sino-Japanese War. 

Martin signed his book at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the Museum of Flight in Seattle last year, and it was reviewed in the Air & Space Magazine (May 2012).

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