Former ‘Silver Eagles’ commander to visit Museum of The Kansas national Guard

TOPEKA,Kan.(KSNT)- Retired Col. Ben Powell Jr., former commander of the United States Army “Silver Eagles” Aviation Precision Demonstration Team, will visit the Museum of the Kansas National Guard Saturday at 4 p.m.

The museum has the OH-6 helicopter flown by Powell on permanent display outside the main building. Retired Col. James kluender, a former Kansas National Guardsman, who became a Silver Eagle pilot after graduating from the Kansas Officer Candidate School program and flight school , will also be present.

Powell will make a presentation to Brig. Gen. Robert Windham, commander of the Kansas Army National Guard, on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the museum.

The Silver Eagles were organized in 1972 to demonstrate the capabilities of Army Aviation and to stimulate public interest  in the modern Army. Flying seven OH-6A Cayuse helicopters, the Silver Eagles were the only helicopter demonstration team in the U.S. at the time and performed in more than 220 airshows between 1972 and 1976.

The Museum of the Kansas National guard, 6700 SW Topeka Blvd., is located at the main entrance to Forbes Field, Topeka.

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