September Glory

Thursday, December 5, 2019 – doors open at 6:30 p.m., speech at 7 p.m.

WACO Historical Society Aviation Lecture Series

WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373

 “September Glory,” one pilot’s story of the 1947 National Air Races, will be told on December 5th at 7 p.m. at WACO Air Museum.  John Jannazo, former USAF fighter pilot, will present the details of this story and reveal his personal connection with this 52 year old story at the final lecture of the Aviation Lecture Series.

Following WWII, the National Air Races, held each year at Cleveland's Airport, attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators over Labor Day weekend. Every big name and every big company with America's growing aviation industrial complex was there. With multiple categories of races, the final race, the Thompson Trophy Race, was an event as large as today's Super Bowl. The winner of the race would find his picture on the front page of newspapers across the nation. September Glory is the true story of one pilot, his quest for fame and fortune in the 1947 Thompson Trophy Race, and a personal look back into one often forgotten aspect of our nation's aviation history.

John "Jazz" Jannazo, served 21 years in the USAF, with over 3400 hours in multiple fighter aircraft with world-wide assignments, to include the F-106 Delta Dart and the F-15C Eagle, and combat tours in the Southwest Asia Theater. In addition to his time as a fighter pilot and squadron commander, Jannazo also had extensive experience in development of new fighter technologies prior to transitioning to industry. He has a Master's Degree in Modern US History, has been an adjunct professor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with their Aviation History section, and is currently a consultant to several major defense based corporations.

All aviation lectures are free and open to the public; donations to WACO Air Museum are gladly accepted.  Lectures are held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy, OH. Doors open at 6:30 and the program begins at 7 p.m. Programs are scheduled to last one hour with questions to follow.    For questions, please call 937-335-9226 or visit


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours and for a map.


From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


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