John Mollison

Unveiling of The Eagles Gallery

Oct 9, 2020

In The Moment … October 9, 2020 Show 920 Hour 1

In another event taking place next week, The Eagles Gallery is being unveiled on Friday, October 16, at 4 pm central at the Pierre Regional Airport. Four pieces created by our next guest, John Mollison, will have a permanent home where they will tell the stories of four highly decorated South Dakota WWII veterans. Mollison is an artist, writer, and filmmaker who continues to do an excellent job of preserving history for future generations.Arts, Literature & Music reporting at SDPB is sporsored by NSU Fine Arts 

Old Guys and Their Airplanes

Sep 1, 2020

In The Moment … September 1, 2020 Show 893 Hour 1

Old Guys & Their Airplanes Debrief

May 6, 2020

In The Moment … May 6, 2020 Show 811 Hour 1

Preserving history for future generations is important and, for some, it can even be a labor of love. That's true of our next guest John Mollison - a filmmaker and the founder of the award-winning series Old Guys and Their Airplanes. On Saturday, May 16th, Mollison rolls out his new project, Old Guys and Their Airplanes Debrief. The first of this live, interactive history lesson features a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Who is Steve Pisanos?

Jan 13, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 13, 2020 Show 732 Hour 1

Who is Steve Pisanos? Watch the film "The Mettle behind the Merit" at and you'll see an inspirational story of one man's journey to live the American dream.

Filmmaker, historian, and artist John Mollison was able to visit with Pisanos in person before the WWII ace died during the summer of 2016. John joins us today to discuss what he learned.

John Mollison

In The Moment ... July 31, 2019 Show 627 Hour 2

"Hearth and Home Day" honors Faulkton resident Dorothy Huss and her late husband Cyril this Saturday. Cyril Huss was a World War II fighter pilot. An authentic P-51 Mustang will be on display at the Faulkton Airport during the afternoon.

Part of the community's celebration includes the unveiling of commissioned artwork to honor Dorothy and Cyril's World War II service.

Raid Across South Dakota

Mar 28, 2019
Warbirds News

In The Moment ... March 28, 2019 Show 545 Hour 1

In an effort to bring awareness to the "Doolittle Raid" of April 18, 1942, and the two South Dakotans who took part in the raid, the South Dakota Air and Space Museum announces the "Raid Across South Dakota."

The Raid Across South Dakota will feature an authentic B-25 bomber which will fly from Sioux Falls to Ellsworth Air Force Base with stops in Mitchell, Pierre and Rapid City.

South Dakota Air and Space Museum Communications Director John Mollison brings details and educational material to In The Moment.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... October 3, 2017 Show 190 Hour 2

Seconds count in combat and in life. From split second decisions, to battles that explode and recede in a matter of moments, the fate of a battle can pivot on a delicate turn indeed. We're joined by John Mollison, Dalton Coffee, and Dave West to talk about "South Dakota Warrior" and "Split Second." Special premieres of John Mollison's film "South Dakota Warrior," are scheduled for Friday in Ft. Pierre and Saturday at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 19, 2017 Show 180 Hour 1

Rich Hall flew the Skyraider called "Sweet Marlene" over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. As the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary series airs on SDPB-TV this week, we talk with those impacted by the war to talk about the legacy of Vietnam in South Dakota.

John Mollison's interview with Rich Hall

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 15, 2017 Show 156 Hour 2

In February, we talked with filmmaker Matt Ornstein about his documentary "Accidental Courtesy." It follows an aging African American musician whose hobby is to befriend and convert members of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups in America. It's a controversial concept. Should those who preach racism and violence be treated with patience and respect? What is our moral responsibility in the shadow of hate?

In The Moment ... May 5, 2017 Show 087 Hour 1

In The Moment ... March 2, 2017 Show 41 Hour 2

This Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the United States Naval Construction Forces, more commonly known as "The Seabees." Although the relatively small unit has played a vital role in America's military operations around the world, many people have never heard of them. SDPB's Jim Kent sat down with some Seabees who were trained to build - and to fight.

Dakota Midday: "The Gentleman Next Door"

Oct 24, 2016

Filmmaker, artist and host of Old Guys and Their Airplanes, John Mollison, discusses the upcoming premiere of his short film "The Gentleman Next Door." The film features WWII RAF fighter pilot John Wilkinson who makes his home in South Dakota. Mollison's latest film premieres at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum on Friday at 6:00 p.m. MT. The broadcast premiere of "The Gentleman Next Door" on SDPB-TV is Thursday, November 3, at 8:00 p.m. CT.

John Mollison

Interview with historian/artist John Mollison.  Mollison’s new project for “Old Guys and Their Airplanes” is “There. And Back,” a 30-minute documentary featuring Vietnam War POW Capt. Charlie Plumb. 

“There. And Back.” documents the profoundly challenging experiences that Plumb experienced during and after the Vietnam War.  Mollison accompanied Plumb on a recent visit to Vietnam.