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U. S. Air Force Museum Update

Tue Jul 20, 2004 10:05 pm

The latest significant change to the museum has been the opening of the missile and space gallery. This is a circular building that is accessed from the middle of the Cold War Gallery, which is the large building that opened in 2003.

In the lobby to the missile and space gallery are the command module from Apollo 15, the capsules from both the Gemini and Mercury programs, and various small reentry vehicles that were used to test the configurations for larger scale programs.

So far, in the gallery itself, are a Jupiter medium range ballistic missile and a Titan II ICBM. Both are upright and the gallery has a mezzanine that can reach by either stairs or an elevator to view these missiles from higher up. There will be other missiles added and during those periods the galley will probably be closed. Along the wall on both the main floor and on the mezzanine are exhibits on several programs that were used for both military missile and space projects.

Additions to the main museum include a AT-38 in the Cold War Gallery and a SPAD XIII in the Early Years Gallery. The SPAD XIII came to the museum from the Old Reinbeck Aerodrome collection in upstate New York and is an authentic and complete airframe. Restoration took 11 years and included a 100% disassembly and reassembly and a complete refabric job with authentic Irish Linen.
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RE: U. S. Air Force Museum Update

Sat Jul 24, 2004 8:51 pm

Sounds like great stuff. Maybe I will go again before I leave this time zone forever.

For those of you who have not been, do yourself a favor. If you have any interest in military aviation (and why else would you be on this forum) get yourself there to Dayton Ohio and see this museum. A whole day for sure. Two would be better.

It is absolutely first rate in all respects. Great displays including personal artifacts from AF personnel involved. Knowledgeable and friendly docents who enjoy showing you their cool stuff. Good facilities, gift shops, snack bar, theater. And it is FREE.

Can't say enough about the good job they've done there.
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RE: U. S. Air Force Museum Update

Sat Jul 24, 2004 9:17 pm

You Forgot about that 11,000 lb WWII vintage, hand pulled, stone airfield construction roller that came over from China, and the Atomic Bomb you just got back from Sandia

At least the USAF website news releases says you got those items.
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RE: U. S. Air Force Museum Update

Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:54 am

Thanks for the latest update, Broke. I always look forward to them. Regards.
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RE: U. S. Air Force Museum Update

Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:25 am


I did forget about the 11,000 lb. stone roller that was used to grade the airfields in China during WW II. It was a gift from the people of China to the people of the US. A comic note about the roller; the bed of the first flatbed trailer that was being used to ship the roller from the west coast to the museum broke from the concentrated weight of the roller. The second one finished the trip to Dayton. Each roller was pulled by a group of 50 men. Talk about manual labor!! Phew!!

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