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Old 02-10-2018, 07:52 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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Jim, thanks for the link, very special to us.

Our kids EXIST because of the 'bomber plant'. Jan's mom and dad met while working at the plant, where Jan's mom was really a 'Rosie the Riveter'. My dad moved to Michigan to be a test pilot at the bomber plant. Between '43 and '45, he flew more than 600 different B-24E, J, H and M's. I still have his log books. His last B24 flight April 23, 1945.

That 5,000.000 sq ft building has a storied history. After WW2, it became the manufacturing plant for Kaiser automobiles and Kaiser aircraft (C-82 and C119 Fairchild cargo planes built under license). In 1953, General Motors' new Hydramatic plant in Livonia MI burned to the ground ("Biggest industrial fire in history") so GM took over the former bomber plant from Kaiser. Willow Run was the principal plant for GM automatic transmissions. In 1959, GM built a adjacent 2,000,000 sq ft assembly plant next to build the Corvair, later Nova and J-body cars.
Those buildings are now closed and mostly torn down. Hydramatic left the bomber plant around 2010. It is all demolished except for a portion which was the B24 final assembly area, now occupied by the Yankee Air Force Museum.
We toured the museum in Dec 2014. My wife's grandfather worked at the plant during the war.
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We were on board this past January.
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Old 03-26-2018, 02:38 PM   #16
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I always admired the pilots from the WWII era. Beautiful aircraft. Just north of Seattle is Paul Allen's Flying Heritage museum. Great place to spend a day.

https://www.airspacemag.com/history-...rds-180967709/

My mom is in assisted living in Bend Oregon. I was talking to one of the elderly residents there and he flew Corsairs in the south Pacific in WWII. Said it was one of the best experiences he ever had except for the getting shot at part. I let him know I was proud to know him.
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I have posted in the past several times my admiration for the greatest generation and for the equipment produced for fighting that war. I have visited the big museums at Dayton and Pensacola. As well as many other smaller facilities at military bases etc across the country. Vintage autos, vintage planes, the Battleship Alabama at Mobile are all very enjoyable. Many times free, often reasonably priced, always a treat for the mind and the eyes. I marvel. I met a veteran a couple months ago who was at Normandy on the first day of the invasion. Not many of those folks left. He was pushing his shopping cart in the grocery store.
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Thanks for posting this, Jim. (I missed it in Feb.). Brought back memories of my dad and his stories about working on aircraft during WWII.
He was an aircraft engine design engineer for Lycoming Aircraft (Lycoming County, PA) who was assigned to Bell Aircraft in Buffalo, NY, and then to Bell Bomber's plant at Rickenbacker Field in Marrieta, GA (This later became the Lockheed plant) to build Boeing-designed B-29's. That was typical of much of WWII industry: one or more companies working together to get the job done.
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I always admired the pilots from the WWII era. Beautiful aircraft. Just north of Seattle is Paul Allen's Flying Heritage museum. Great place to spend a day.

https://www.airspacemag.com/history-...rds-180967709/
Rick. just added to list of stops when we next head up your way in our van. It will be an exciting museum visit.

After a 5 month wait, our van finally delivered a week ago, build from scratch starts soon. Thanks for the museum link.
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