Luncheon Lecture - BAT 21

  • Fri, September 23, 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • NCMC Library Conference Center


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BAT 21

On April 2, 1972, a U.S. Air Force jet, call sign “Bat 21”, was shot down by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile behind enemy lines. The lone surviving crewmember, the navigator, ejected at 31,000 feet and was the subject of the largest and one of the most difficult rescue operations in Air Force history. A 1988 movie starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover told parts of the secret rescue mission. John van Etten of Horton Bay didn’t need to see the movie. He was one of the rescue pilots portrayed in the film and has written his own book about the experience. John will provide his eyewitness account of the harrowing and costly rescue. Lunch served at 11:30 am, lecture begins at noon.

Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

John van Etten, Retired Pilot, USAF

North Central Michigan College • 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI 49770

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