November Lecture: Brief History of Wendover Airfield

LAHS News:

Los Alamos Historical Society is pleased to offer its 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science.”

The November lecture is a brief history of the Wendover Airfield in Utah by James Petersen

James Petersen’s talk on Historic Wendover Airfield will touch on the origin of Wendover, Utah, and then focus on the period from the inception of the Army Air Force base to the end of World War II.

The history of the B-17 and B-24 bomber training as well as the contribution of Wendover to the Manhattan project will be discussed.

The presentation will include original photographs from the airfield and current images of the airfield and restoration projects. Some vintage film footage and interviews from the WW II veterans will also be shown.

James Stewart Petersen is a Salt Lake City,Utah, native and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Utah.

He worked on US Air Force projects in the 1970’s including airborne computer design, fire control systems, remotely piloted aircraft communication systems, and a U-2 project.

He later worked in industrial automation, founding a real-time controls company that completed projects throughout the U.S.

He was a Vice President of Sales for an international automation manufacturer, after which he became involved in preserving the WW II airfield at Wendover, Utah, forming the non-profit foundation, Historic Wendover Airfield, for that purpose.

All Los Alamos Historical Society “History and Science” lectures are presented at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

All lectures are free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Los Alamos National Bank and the members of the Historical Society.

Visit for a schedule and for a synopsis of each lecture.






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