The museum is located in two giant airplane hangars. The first hangar has both airworthy and non-airworthy aircraft. You can spot an airworthy craft by the oil pans placed underneath the engines. Much of the non-airworthy crafts are smaller and suspended from the ceilings. Around the edges of the hangar you can find displays of uniforms, gear, and other paraphernalia that relate to the United States' involvement in international conflicts.
The second hangar is where all of the real work is done to restore the aircraft. There are mechanics tinkering with old engines and museum members (usually veterans) who are full of great information about these amazing machines!
The hangars are not air conditioned so if you visit in the summer prepare for a HOT time! Also, some of the airplanes leave in the summers for cooler climes. Click here for the schedule. You can even book rides on their B-17G bomber "The Sentimental Journey" or their B-25 bomber "Maid in the Shade."
Here are some shots from our adventure:
|A wall display|
|Each aircraft has an original name|
|Some names come with scantily clad art work. Go "Miss Murphy!"|
|On the other side of the airplane she's a brunette. (But I bet this side has more fun!)|
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a (3/4 scale)
|This is the Razor. I had to ask my 5 year old!|
|F4N Phantom II (This one reminds my kids of "Big Jet."|
|The dashboard and flight controls|
|The propeller (You can see me in the reflection.) Hi!|
|This was my daughter's favorite airplane. Her legs are almost long enough to reach the pedals.|
|Watching the aircraft be maintained in the second hangar.|
|Here is the bomber just after landing.|
To watch the bomber land, we had to wait in the shade. It was an awesome sight!
We had a great day at the museum. Then we went and bought some pie! Mmmmmmm, pie..........
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