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F-14/F-18 Pilot Megan Flannigan Guest Speaker

Nov 02, 2017 03:04PM ● Published by Jim

Meagan Flannigan photo: Courtesy of EAA

By: EAA AirVenture Museum - Oshkosh, WI

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (November 1, 2017) — Cmdr. Meagan Flannigan, whose 15-year military aviation career includes piloting some of America’s top fighter jets in the Persian Gulf and in carrier operations, will be appearing at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh on Thursday, November 16, as part of the museum’s Aviation Adventure Speaker Series.

The presentation in the Founders’ Wing of the museum is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. It is free of charge for EAA members and youth under age 18, and just $5 for adult nonmembers.

Flannigan, a 2002 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, will speak on her motivation to become a military pilot, the challenges she faced in that role, and balancing a family with a military career. She flew the F-14D “Tomcat” from the USS Theodore Roosevelt in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006 and later transitioned to the F/A-18F “Super Hornet.” Flannigan currently serves as an instructor pilot for the Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron FVA-106, known as the “Gladiators,” based in Oceana, Virginia.

During her career, Flannigan has been awarded the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. She has logged more than 1,250 hours in fighter jet aircraft, including more than 180 arrested landings on aircraft carriers.

EAA’s Aviation Adventure Speaker Series brings renowned aviators and aviation historians to the EAA Aviation Museum each month, providing a unique look at the people and events that were part of our nation’s rich aviation history. 

About EAA Aviation Museum

The EAA Aviation Museum is located just off Interstate 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA Aviation Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.eaa.org/museum

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