AT announced as speaker for Naval Aviation’s Centennial Symposium on May 5, 2011
January 1, 2011


On May 5, 2011, Alvin Townley will return to Pensacola, Florida, and Naval Air Station Pensacola, which he visited several times as he researched his new book FLY NAVY (St. Martin's Press, April 29, 2011).  The National Museum of Naval Aviation has invited him to deliver the keynote address during Thursday's main luncheon event and participate in a book signing and other events that will draw historians, aviators, enthusiasts, and Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard veterans from around the country.

Alvin's speech comes on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Alan Shepard's landmark spaceflight, where he became the first American in space.  The following week, the country will mark the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the movie Top Gun's theatrical release.

The Museum and its annual Naval Aviation Symposium are respected throughout the naval aviation and military communities, and guest speakers will include admirals and generals, distinguished veterans, and the day's leading historians and experts. 

Additional information about the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the Symposium can be found at

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