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Old 02-10-2018, 08:52 PM   #11
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The Naval Air Museum is still free-- I was there about a month ago with my camera club. Another aviation museum in the area is the Air Force Armaments Museum just north of Ft. Walton Beach. It has a Blackbird and many other aircraft, plus ordnance.
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I was looking at a plane and this old boy comes up to me at Wright Patterson and says do you know what we called these in the war? I did not. It was a Martin B26. The Baltimore whore he says. They were very fast and had no visible means of support. Stubby wings. He’d been on a crew in the war and wanted to talk to somebody and I was glad I was it. This was in 1999 so he was probably 80 or so.
Second that. The Air Force Museum at Wright Patt is not to be missed. The hangar on the other side as well - which houses an amazing XB70 as well as several Presidential aircraft, including the one FDR used (with the hidden elevator that came out of the belly so people would not see him coming out of the plane in a wheelchair), and the Boeing 707 that carried JFK's body back to Washington after the assassination. You can see where they cut the bulkhead away to make room for the casket. Some of the history there is triumphant, some sad, some tragic, but all of it is interesting. If you're ever near Dayton, I highly recommend it.
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The Naval Air Museum is still free-- I was there about a month ago with my camera club. Another aviation museum in the area is the Air Force Armaments Museum just north of Ft. Walton Beach. It has a Blackbird and many other aircraft, plus ordnance.
We stopped at this one too. The scouts were very interested in the signatures and slogans that were written on the ordinance on display. Some of which was not all that politically correct. But did indicate the dedicated passion the ordinance assemblers had. The Blackbird on display was one of the few ever built and is quite a plane. I got an nice picture of it which hung in my office for about 15 years.
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