October 17 through December 31, 2017

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Image: Frank Tinsley’s painting of a heroic pilot was used as the cover of the August,
1933, issue of the popular pulp magazine George Bruce’s Squadron: Stories of the War
in the Air. Collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf.

The first museum exhibit devoted to the image of the World War I pilot-hero, Knights of the Air honors the daredevil pilots who risked everything for the cause at the dawn of aviation. Imbued with a sense of adventure and fierce patriotism, aviators became the face of the War efforts back home. Works of art, souvenirs, postcards, and newspapers celebrated their valiant efforts. After the War, the romance of flight was embodied in new types of daring aviators, such as barnstorming aerial acrobats, air mail pilots, and bootleggers. Popular pulp magazines such as George Bruce’s Squadron and Hollywood films like Wings (1927) capitalized on the appeal of the brave World War I aviator, inspiring many future pilots who would serve America in commercial aviation and future military conflicts.

Organized by the Flagler Museum in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in 1917, Knights of the Air features works of art, artifacts, and printed materials on loan from the private collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, and other private and public collections.

Guided exhibition tours will be offered Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., beginning October 25. The exhibition and tours are free with Museum admission. The Flagler Museum will offer free Museum admission to active duty, reserve, and retired U.S. Military each Wednesday for the duration of the exhibition (proper identification required).

Illustrated Lecture
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Exhibition curator Janel Trull presented two illustrated lectures on Veteran’s Day about
Knights of the Air: Aviator Heroes of World War I.
Click the buttons below to watch recordings of the presentations.


 
Funded in part by:

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Generous In-Kind Support Provided by Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf



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The Millionaires’ Unit

A Documentary Film 5:30 pm, Thursday, November 16, Society of the Four Arts, Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium
Released 2015 • Not rated • 2 hours 49 minutes • English

This documentary tells the little known but inspiring story of a group of Yale college students from wealthy families who form a private air militia to learn to fly in preparation for WWI. They became the founding squadron of the US Naval Air Reserve. They were the first to fly for America in WWI, some of them making the ultimate sacrifice.

A Q&A with distinguished guests and experts follows the film.

Tickets: $10 | No charge for Four Arts members

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