Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
Well folks the Kettering Gallery is sort of kind of "open". You can take the passageway from the Modern Flight Hangar to the entrance of the Kettering Gallery but you cannot enter, you can only look.
The reason for the delay is that there has been a hold on placing the B-2 in the building. The airplane that the museum has is the second structural test item (Iron Bird) and I am not completely sure what the reason for the delay is.
To the right, you will see the B-36 (inside at last), the KC-97 (barely), the B-58A (barely) the KB-50 (or is it a WB-50?) among others. The B-36 can obstruct the view to a lot of airplanes.
In front of you is the ERB-47H facing the opposite wall.
To the left (where the B-2 will be) is the C-133A, SR-71 (hidden), and some other airplanes that are just parked for now.
There is a table in the viewing area showing, in scale, where everything will be once the place is opened. There is no announced date as to when everything will be in place, but there is a big dedication scheduled for July 2.
The Early Years Gallery is fully open and work is continuing on the installation of stanchions and display cases and exhibits, all the airplanes are viewable including the Martin MB-2 replica.
With work going on other areas, little additional work has been accomplished in the South end of the Modern Flight Hangar (MFH) on the Korean War exhibits so a considerable portion of this area is cordoned off and you can only see the planes from a distance.
In the North end of the MFH all not Vietnam war airplanes have been removed. No SR-71, B-47E, B-58A, F-111F (a F-111A is there), X-13, A-10, among others. The F-100F Fast Fac is in, the O-2 is hanging from the ceiling, and the center area is open for the installation of the EC-121D and the C-123B. Our MiG-21F is also there; there is attempt to acquired a MiG-21PF (or similar model) which would be more representative of that era.
Oh, by the way; the Museum has 6 MiG's; 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, and 29.
The outdoor display area is less populated as several of the bigger airplanes are now inside.
The area outside of the restoration shops in the Southeast Corner of the base (you can look down on the area from Col. Glenn, but there is no good place to park and gawk) is full of all kinds of airplanes, including a B-1A (soon to go away) and a B-1B. The only time one of each of these airframes have ever been in the same place.
The talk by Robbie Risner was outstanding; I am in awe of a person, who was so brutalized by 7 1/2 years in the Hanoi Hilton, with such a positive attitude on life. He attributes this to a belief and trust in God and being able to see a single blade of grass through a crack in the wall of his cell while he was in solitary (at least 5 of the 7 1/2 years).
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2069 times:
Yes, I am talking about the Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB. I do travel a bit to volunteer there, but when you enjoy something as much as I enjoy working there, then the trip isn't so bad afterall.
2919n, if you haven't been there in 30 years then you wouldn't recognize the place. Come on up!!
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9294 posts, RR: 42 Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2041 times:
In that case I agree. I was there in 1980 when, for me, the star of the show was the XB-70. Also, having seen various space capsules encased in perspex elsewhere, it was good to be able to actually touch the Apollo 15 Command Module at Wright-Patterson (I know I wasn't supposed to but how could I stop myself?). Maybe it's time I paid another visit.
FltMech9 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 57 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2005 times:
Thanks for the update, always nice reading about the new changes to the Air Force Museum. I just have on question. Did the AF Museum ever get the XC-99 from Kelly now Lackland AFB? When I was there in the mid 90's there was talk of taking it to Dayton. I know it is in pretty bad shape, but it's the only one ever made. I would love to see that in the museum. Thanks
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
FltMech9, just recently the museum has taken responsibility for the XC-99. It is to be dismantled and shipped to the museum. That is going to be a trick in itself. I don't have a time table on when this is going to happen. It will go through a restoration (I don't know if it will fit into our shops which are 1940's vintage hangars). It will initially be on display outside in our airpark, which is being depleted of airplanes as airplanes are moved inside.