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Historian to speak at Veterans Day event in Atwater

Airplane and automobile historian David G. Styles will speak during a Veterans Day event in Atwater, according to a news release.

The author of “Two Flights to Victory,” “The Tuskegee Airmen and Beyond: The Road to Equality” and other writings will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Monday at Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive in Atwater.

The program will be in the museum’s banquet room “in what promises to be an excellent presentation on the high price paid by service members to preserve basic human rights and liberty around the globe,” the release stated.

“Two Flights” is a historical look at long-range bombers that had a big impact on modern warfare. The book covers the Doolittle Raids, when 16 B-25 bombers attacked Tokyo and the surrounding areas, and the bombing of Hiroshima.

“Tuskegee” reaches back in time to when the first African slaves touched ground in Virginia. The book chronicles the efforts of African-American slaves to gain freedom through military service up to the famous airmen of the 99th Flying Training Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group, and into present day.

Styles served in the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and is the aviation historian for the California State Military Museum. He is also the author of several historical books on automobiles.

The Castle Air Museum has about 56 aircraft on display. There are also several other aircraft in various states of restoration.

The museum’s newest addition is the McDonnell Douglas VC-9C that was part of the presidential fleet. It carried former Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.

For more information about the lecture or the museum, call (209) 723-2178.

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