(Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle's Coast Guard Exhibit, Out of The Blue: Coast Guard Aviation will open Saturday, October 3 at 9:00 am honoring our Nation's ever-vigilant maritime guardians. Active and retired Coast Guard personnel, along with museum representatives, will be on hand to cut the ribbon and dedicate the newest exhibit that pays tribute to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. This exhibit features over 120 artifacts, photographs, graphic panels, and a special kid-sized helicopter modeled on the whimsical design of artist Doug Lane, a retired Coast Guardsman. The exhibit tells the story of the Coast Guard from its formation in 1790 to the present day. Each of the eight sections focuses on various aspects of the Coast Guard with emphasis on aviation and special concentration on Air Station Elizabeth City.
After the 9:00 am ribbon cutting, the day's events will continue at 10:00 am with Sergei Sikorsky presenting "Recollections of a Pioneer" and Stewart Graham presenting "Helicopter Development Program at Elizabeth City." Mr. Sikorsky will discuss the history and development of Igor Sikorsky’s helicopter. Retired Commander Graham will discuss the early history of helicopter development in Elizabeth City. At approximately 11:00 am, a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City will provide a Search and Rescue demonstration on the Pasquotank River (conditions permitting). At 11:30 am, Retired Commander Bruce Melnick will speak about his Coast Guard career and about his becoming the first Coast Guardsman astronaut. Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station will present a lecture at 12:30 pm on the Mirlo. James Charlet will tell the story of the brave surf-men who rescued all 42 crew-members from the burning British tanker.
The speaker series will conclude after a 1:00 pm lecture on the "Pritchard, Bottoms, Howarth Expedition" presented by Commander Joseph Deer and Master Chief John Long. They will provide details on the rescue of a downed U.S. Air Force B-17 crew in November of 1942 near Greenland and a second rescue attempt that resulted in a plane crash with no survivors.
Visitors can view displays and participate in hands-on activities throughout the day in the Museum.
On Sunday, October 4 at 2:00 pm, Joseph "Butch" Flythe will speak on his 25-year career in Coast Guard Search and Rescue as a helicopter rescue swimmer. Mr Flythe is also known for his role as an instructor in the
2006 movie, "The Guardian."
For more information, contact 252-335-1453.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453 Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums, Department of Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina. www.museumofthealbemarle.com