Eagles Gallery Takes Flight At Pierre Regional Airport

(KCCR) — The Eagles Gallery was officially unveiled Friday at Pierre Regional Airport. The gallery includes five pieces of artwork depicting great military aircraft with ties to South Dakota designed by artist John Mollison of Pierre…

One of the planes depicted by Mollison is the F-six-F Hellcat flown by Harrold Thune, father of South Dakota Senator John Thune, who shared stories of his dad’s days on the flight line with the crowd of over 100…

The event included a flight demonstration from an actual P-51 Mustang flown by Pierre pilot and owner of Mustang Aviation Jim Pietz….

The Eagles Gallery is sponsored by the Pierre/Fort Pierre Rotary Club. President Anne Schwartz says the pilots featured in the gallery exemplify the Rotary motto of ‘service above self’…

Other pilots and planes featured include John Waldron, Curtis Cameron and two B-25 Mitchell bombers used during the Doolittle Raids flown by South Dakotans Henry Potter and Don Smith.