Deborah Stratman

Tuesday 8 March 2011, 7.00pm until 9.00pm

Marine Corps pilot William Rankin ejected from his jet into a severe thunderstorm, surviving lightening strikes in a 40-minute descent. 50 years later, his account is the starting point for a contemplation of American national identity that takes in revolutionary war re-enactments, high school football games, gun shows, firefighters and border patrols.