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4/19/2013

EAC Discovery Park Campus Lecture: WWII Glider Pilot experience

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[Click Image to Enlarge] EAC’s Discovery Park Campus welcomes Mel Pliner, Decorated World War II Veteran and United States Army glider pilot, as he shares his amazing experiences transporting soldiers and equipment over the skies of the European Theater in the battle against Nazi Germany.
 

By Lina Kelly

Thatcher, AZ—EAC’s Discovery Park Campus welcomes Mel Pliner, Decorated World War II Veteran and United States Army glider pilot, as he shares his amazing experiences transporting soldiers and equipment over the skies of the European Theater in the battle against Nazi Germany. This lecture will be held in the Discovery Park Campus Jupiter Room on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

“Without an engine, each mission was ‘one-way,’ once you landed and were behind enemy lines; you became a foot soldier, digging foxholes and throwing grenades,” explains Pliner.

“The glider pilots were described by their peers as independent, tough, and ready-to-fight,” say Paul Anger, Discovery Park Director. “The aircrafts they flew were constructed of nothing more than plywood, steel tubing and fabric, and offered virtually no protection from anti-aircraft artillery, or even rifle bullets. It will be fascinating to listen to Mel’s first-hand stories.”

The public is invited to attend this free presentation. Afterwards, all attendees are invited to tour the Graham County Historical Society’s artifacts display and the “History of Astronomy” gallery, and can also enjoy the experience of observing the fascinating night sky through the 20” Tinsley Telescope in the Gov Aker Observatory, all free of charge.

For more information please contact the EAC Discovery Park Campus at (928) 428-6260 or by email at discoverypark@eac.edu.

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