Cafe Scientifique: A History of Flight, Ipswich


Come along for an evening of networking and discovery as we host Tom Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute and WGCDR Tony Blair.  Crouch will be discussing the history of aerospace as seen through the history and collections of the National Air and Space Museum.  Crouch is the President’s Appointee and Chairman of the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board and is in Australia to help us celebrate National Science Week 2013.

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Tom Crouch

Unlike other boys growing up near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he realized that–rather than be a pilot–he wanted to be a historian and work at a museum. And so it goes. Crouch studied history at Ohio University and graduated with a BA in 1962. He continued on, receiving his masters from Miami University and finally his doctorate from Ohio State University. At twenty-three (and as the only person on staff), Crouch directed the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum. He planned exhibitions and borrowed artifacts directly from the Smithsonian. After developing a professional rapport, the Smithsonian offered him a job and he’s been there ever since.

Tony Blair

WGCDR Tony Blair started flying with the RAAF in 1989.  Initially training as a Navigator he flew on the P3C Orion before going to 25 Squadron for ISNC (Intro Strike Navigator Course) on the Macchi and then to Amberley for F111 Operational Conversion and a tour at 1 Squadron. From there, he became a QNI (Qualified Navigation Instructor) and trained Navigators and Naval Observers at the School of Air Navigation at RAAF Base East Sale. Then to the F111 as a pilot for tours at 1 and 6 Squadrons, flying all variants of the F111.  FIC (Flying Instructors Course) was completed at RAAF East Sale in 2002 to become a QFI (Qualified Flying Instructor).

Date: Thursday, 15 August 2013
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Ipswich, QLD

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