MONTGOMERY — Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum and the City of Montgomery will celebrate the city's close ties to the U.S. Air Force and the history of aviation with an exhibit of paintings from the U.S. Air Force Art Program in September.
“A History of Air Power Through Art: Selected Works from the U.S. Air Force Art Program" will be on display inside the Rosa Parks Museum's exhibit hall Sept. 5 through Sept. 28.
The exhibit will present the history of U.S. air power from the introduction of the earliest flying machines through the 21st century's most advanced aircraft. The 25 paintings depict the evolution of airpower from the Wright Brothers "Flyer" to modern jets like the F-22 Raptor.
The paintings are normally housed at Maxwell Air Force Base and are on loan to the Rosa Parks Museum as an outreach program to give people a chance to view the works in a public setting. The exhibit celebrates the close relationship between the City of Montgomery and Maxwell Air Force Base, said retired USAF Col. Al Allenback, one of the exhibit's organizers.
“There is a direct link between the Wright Brothers first commercial flying school in 1910 and what is now Maxwell Air Force Base since the Wright's school was operated where the base is now," Allenback said. “Each painting has been carefully selected to show the history and development of airpower by depicting the people, planes and events of the last 110 years of powered flight."
The exhibit also celebrates the 66th anniversary of the USAF, which formed as a separate service on Sept. 18, 1947.
The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information on this exhibit or other upcoming events, contact curator Daniel Neil at (334) 241-8701.