Have you ever heard of James Herman Banning?
Be one of the first to support the creation of this remarkable exhibit which features the inspiring life story of James Herman Banning: A Greatest Story Never Told!
Sign your name to the Gold Book by making a donation to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum’s Traveling exhibition fund. In 1932, when Banning’s supporters donated money, they signed the wing of his plane that he called the Gold Book. You or your organization can sign or place your logo on a wing that will travel with this exhibition throughout the United States.
The On Freedom’s Wings Traveling Exhibit will feature:
4 single-sided and 8 double-sided, freestanding storyboard and interactive panels that contain images and descriptive text panels. The panels will include historical documents; photos and quotes from long-ago interviews with Banning.
An interactive replica cockpit of an Alexander Eaglerock, the airplane that Banning flew across the country, will give visitors an immersive experience and insight into flying in an open cockpit biplane. A monitor will be fitted above the instrument panel that will give the pilot a sense of flying including take-off, flight and landing scenes. The front cockpit will include interactive video in which Banning talks to students about his adventures and will include examples of some of the barnstorming maneuvers that Banning performed.
Large period models replicating Banning’s most historically important biplanes will be included in the exhibit:
- The Alexander Eaglerock
- The Curtiss JN-4, Jenny
- Vintage or replica leather helmets and goggles will be displayed to illustrate what Banning wore during the Golden Age of Aviation and during his flight across the country
- A copy of the original map drawn by Banning and Allen as they planned the transcontinental flight
After the Oklahoma tour of On Freedom’s Wings, the exhibit will travel to Los Angeles, California where it will begin the journey of following Banning’s original route across the country to Valley Stream Airport, Long Island, New York.
Kim Jones: 918-834-9900 x113
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
3624 N. 74th East Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74115