PPHM, Panhandle PBS team for screening of 'NOVA' special 'The First Air War'

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"The First Air War" will screen Aug. 10 at Panhandle-Plains.
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Panhandle PBS will team with Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum for a screening tied to the museum's ongoing focus on World War I.

"The First Air War," a NOVA special, will screen at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Hazelwood Lecture Hall at the museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon.

When World War I began in 1914, the air forces of the opposing nations consisted of handfuls of rickety biplanes. The special traces the story of the astonishingly rapid technological revolution of the biplane to the modern fighter aircraft.

"Our NOVA series shares the best in science and technology, and 'The First Air War' will be no exception," said Cullen Lutz, the station's community development coordinator. "The film will take viewers into the story of rapid technological advancements of planes during WWI, discovering secrets of aviation’s most colorful and deadly early flying machines and their impact on the western front."

The screening of the film will be followed by a talk with Jim Hodgson, pilot and member of the board of directors of the International Air & Space Museums Alliance. Hodgson previously worked at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum but now lives in Grapevine. He has participated with other museums’ programs in Texas in honor of the WWI Centennial.

PPHM has The Great War and the Panhandle-Plains Region and A Picture from Home: Snapshots of the Great War on the Plains on view through Dec. 30

The screening is free. Call 806-651-2244.




Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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