Sunday, October 21, 2012
Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012
When: through January 6, 2013
Yet another show at the Air and Space Museum, and once again, I walk away thinking I'm just not that interested. This exhibit features art work depicting the history of Marine Corps Aviation. I would describe the art as serviceable - not exactly the type of thing that would hang in an art gallery. These are from the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
I will say, it's amazing how many things are celebrating a 100th anniversary this year: L.L. Bean, Fenway Park, Julia Child's birth, the sinking of the Titanic. 1912 was an eventful year!
The information about the early years of the Marine Corps is rather interesting, but I grew weary by the time I was reading about the many accomplishments of the Corps in Vietnam. Marine Corps aviators started at the Naval Academy and first made a combat appearance in WWI. Between the wars, the service floundered, but they were instrumental in turning the war against the Japanese in the battles of Midway and Guadalcanal.
Verdict: If you're interested in military history or aviation generally, go see this exhibit. Otherwise, you can give it a miss.