The American Presidential Experience Hosting Air Force One PilotSeptember 7, 2012 3:07 pm
The American Presidential Experience, a nonpartisan exhibit dedicated to the presidency, is excited to host Flat Rock, North Carolina resident Stan Gallaway, a former Air Force One Pilot, on Saturday, September 8 at 9am for an exclusive tour of the exhibit.
Attending in celebration of his ninetieth birthday on September 20, Mr. Gallaway flew 8 years on the Boeing 707 Air Force One during the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Mr. Gallaway served the United States with 22 years of active service prior to retiring in 1970 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Stan recounts one of his most memorable experiences flying with the Kennedy family in the early 1960s. A curious John F. Kennedy, Jr. approached the cockpit while the crew was flying on autopilot, so Mr. Gallaway invited him inside and hoisted the 2 year old on his lap. Stan asked if he would like to fly the plane and when “John-John” smiled and shook his head yes, Stan moved the seat closer and placed John’s hands on the controls.
About American Presidential Experience
American Presidential Experience offers attendees more than 35 exhibits, including climbing aboard the fuselage of a replica Reagan era Air Force One, having photos taken in a replica Oval Office, viewing presidential automobiles, famous presidential chairs, biographical exhibits of every President, replicas of First Ladies’ gowns, seeing John F. and Jackie Kennedy personal artifacts and much more.
Attendees can also explore the C-SPAN campaign bus, which has been traveling throughout America covering the 2012 presidential campaign and has made its final stop in Charlotte.
The experience is designed for families with several exhibits specifically geared toward young children.
The American Presidential Experience will be open through September 8, 2012 at the corner of West Third and South Mint Streets, one block from Bank of America Stadium. Tickets are available at presidentialexperience.com.