Robert Chenoweth (Bob)

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Bob joined the Army in 1966 and flew combat helicopter missions for a year before being shot down and captured during Tet 1968. He was released from captivity in 1973.

I come from Portland, Oregon. Attended Benson Polytechnic and entered the Army in 1966, trained as a helicopter crewchief. Went to Viet Nam in 1967 and flew over 1000 combat hours in UH-1"Huey" helicopters. Was shot down and captured in 1968 and released in 1973 following the Paris Agreements. Graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 1978 from American University in Wash. DC. Worked at National Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum as a Museum Technician until 1983. I moved to Hawaii in 1983 and work at the US Army Museum of Hawaii and later for the National Park Service at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. I was the curator at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Deer Lodge, Montana. In 1995 I became the curator at Nez Perce National Historical Park and will retire in 2017. I studied Japanese archery (Kyudo) in Hawaii and began researching and studying Medieval Archery in 2005 thru Realms of Avalon and later the SCA. I collect bows, and make arrows from various periods and cultures based on archeological evidence and site visits to museums. I also research and make models of historical water craft with a special interest in pre-viking and Viking era ships, medieval coastal craft and cogs (Kogges).

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Early Use of Military Helicopters, Gallatin
    Panelists: Robert Chenoweth (Bob)

    A survey of military helicopters from WW II, Korea, Algeria, and Vietnam. Panel will culminate with the details, planning, and execution of combat operations in early 1967 in Vietnam. This will include a large combat assault, air cavalry operations, night perimeter defense, etc. Panel presenter is an Army Aviation veteran, author and historian.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Archery Class: Historical Bows, Madison
    Panelists: Realms of Avalon , Robert Chenoweth (Bob)

    A presentation on historical bows, including Viking and English longbows and the Japanese Yumi, as well as recurves including Mongolian and other horsebows. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2, on Sunday will be a live fire demonstration of these bows.

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 2:50 PM, Crossbows, Atlatls, Spears, Oh My!, Medieval Demo Area (7)
    Panelists: Realms of Avalon , Robert Chenoweth (Bob)

    What do you use when the gunpowder runs out? Projectiles and other weapons can be very effective when guns and bullets are no longer an option. Interactively learn about various weaponry through discussion and demonstration. Some audience participation may occur.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 12:50 PM, Archery Class, Medieval Demo Area (7)
    Panelists: Realms of Avalon , Robert Chenoweth (Bob)

    A demonstration of historical bows, including Viking and English longbows and the Japanese Yumi, as well as recurves including Mongolian and other horsebows.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Let's Fight!, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Jim Butcher, Robert Chenoweth (Bob), Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Dragon Dronet, Wayne Heinz

    Action sequences are an important element in story craft. Not only can they liven things up but they can also represent critical plot elements. Join both authors and trained fighters as they discuss the mechanics of fight scenes, both written and real.

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, If I had a Longboat: Reconstructed Viking Ships, Montana Boardroom
    Panelists: Realms of Avalon , Robert Chenoweth (Bob)

    The Viking longship has long had a reputation as a romantic (or fearsome!) symbol. But what were they actually like as ships? Many replicas ow exist, based on archaeological finds, and modern scholars have learned a lot by making and sailing them. What does it take to get a longship on the water?

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