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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 talk is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” and will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Fuller Lodge.
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 WWII veterans will also be shown.
Petersen is a Salt Lake City, native and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Utah. He worked on U.S. Air Force projects in the 1970s, 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 WWII airfield at Wendover, forming the non-profit foundation, Historic Wendover Airfield, for that purpose.
For more information about the lecture series or a schedule and synopsis of each lecture, visit losalamoshistory.org/Events.htm. Lectures are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of the Fuller Lodge. The 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.