Kosch, King & Soltis Speakers for “Sunday Afternoon Talks” on Sunday, May 4th 2014 Stratford Library

Whitehead, Silhouette Models Subject of Talk at Stratford Library

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Andy Kosch, Drew King & Christopher Soltis Speakers
for “Sunday Afternoon Talks” on Sunday, May 4th 2014 

Andy Kosch telling the Whitehead story  at  the Stratford  Library.

Andy Kosch telling the Whitehead story at the Stratford Library.

The Stratford Library will continue “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its monthly series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, on Sunday, May 4th at 2 pm with educator Andy Kosch and representatives from the Connecticut Air & Space Center. The popular program invites notable locals to speak in an informal atmosphere on a wide range of topics. “Whitehead: Connecticut’s First Aviator & Silhouettes in the Sky – Identifying the Enemy in WW2” will be the topic of the next “Sunday Afternoon Talks”. It is free and open to the public.

Andy Kosch has been involved in the Gustave Whitehead plane project for the past 30 years, having flown a replica of the Whitehead plane at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in December 1986, or some 85 years after Whitehead successfully flew his heavier-than-air plane in Fairfield. At the Library program, Kosch will give an updated presentation about Whitehead revealing new information that has been discovered in the past year including the recent “60 Minutes” report about the aviator.

Andrew King & Christopher Soltis peaking with the public about the CASC's Sikorsky S-60 restoration project.

Andrew King & Christopher Soltis speaking with the public about the CASC’s Sikorsky S-60 restoration project.

The second talk will explore the amazing history behind Silhouette models, the Aircraft Warning Service and how civilians helped protect the home skies on both coasts. Civilians also helped train the young airmen of the Army Air Corp and US Navy to assist in identifying enemy aircraft. Guest speakers are Executive Director Andrew King and Curator Chris Soltis, both with the Connecticut Air & Space Center. Artifacts will be on display and a question/answer session will follow the presentation.

“Sunday Afternoon Talks” will be held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, May 4th. For further information call the library’s Public Relations & Programming Office at 203.385.4162 or visit: http://www.stratfordlibrary.org.

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