Science Under the Dome
Science Under the Dome is the planetarium's free public lecture series, offered monthly throughout the school year.
Join us Saturday April 14, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. for
Lake Huron Red Tails! The Tuskegee Airmen Project
Presented by Wayne Lusardi
State Maritime Archaeologist, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan DNR
Throughout much of World War II the Tuskegee Airmen, African American members of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corps, trained at Selfridge Airforce Base in Michigan. In August 2015 archaeologist Wayne Lusardi led an expedition to lower Lake Huron where in 1944 a Bell P39 Airacobra flown by Tuskegee airman Lieutenant Frank Moody crashed into the lake during a World War II training mission. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was not found until 2014. Utilizing the skills and experiences of a variety of partners including law enforcement agencies, the State of Michigan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers and Diving with a Purpose, he organized and led a team that was able to document most of the scattered pieces of the wrecked aircraft. Join us as Wayne Lusardi walks us through the discovery, documentation and research that's been done on this project.
The event is free, but seating is limited in the planetarium so you need to RSVP.
The Wayne State Planetarium is dedicated to the promotion of science. We are proud to feature a series of free public lectures covering modern topics in science.