Marcus
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Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:26 am

Either this Saturday or Sunday I will be visiting the USAF museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, if you have been there do you have any recomendations on what displays not to miss?

Thank you in advance
Marcus

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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:28 am

My favorite is the Valkyrie and the old "Air Force One"
Airline photography. Whether they're fully clothed, butt naked, having issues or confused I'm taking pictures!!
 
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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 8:59 am

Marcus,

The Air Force Museum is a very large facility and if you take your time at all, you will not see it all.
The main galleries are; Early Years - From the early days of flight up to the Battle of Britain - Leave the gift shop area and turn right.
War Power Gallery - WW II - To take it in the order it is laid out turn left, go to the Berlin Wall Exhibit and turn right and go past the Bob Hope and Hap Arnold exhibits and then left into the gallery.
Modern Flight Gallery - To right Korea, to the left Vietnam - you enter the passageway just past the Hap Arnold exhibit.
Cold War Gallery - Mostly Cold War - To the left, you will reach the area dedicated to Desert Storm. There are the following there; B-1B, B-2A (yup), B-36J, B-58A, SR-71A, U-2, ex-RAF Tornado GR 1, etc. You enter at the far side of the Modern Flight Hangar.
Across the field (take a bus) to the Presidential Hangar - Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy - principal airplanes there plus other smaller airplanes that served the Presidents.
Next door - Research and Development Hangar - X-1B, X-3, X-4, X-5, X-15, X-29, XB-70A, XF-92A, F-107A etc.
I'll be working the Cold Gallery Saturday morning and Modern Flight in the afternoon.
Oh yes, Saturday is Family Day (3rd Saturday of each month), activities for kids from 3 to 13.
Enjoy, Bernie

PS We also have an art exhibit that features 80 paintings by 50 American artists. You get there by turning left just before the Early Years Gallery.
 
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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:20 am

Two more things,

Web site address http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/

You can get brochures in Spanish at the information booth in the lobby, but no where else.
 
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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:48 am

I was there about 10 years ago. I missed the Presidential and X plane hangar. Was that part of it back then? Seeing the B-36 and the XB-70 made the trip. I guess I now have agreat reason to go back.
 
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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 11:32 am

I was in the USAF Museum a couple months ago. It's a great museum, lots to see. I found the Presidential and Experimental hangars interesting. You need to be sure and sign up for it since it requires a bus ride across the base. The place to sign up is next to the hangar with the WWII aircraft.
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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 11:36 am

You're gonna love it Marcus. Best of all, it's free.  Smile



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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:42 pm

I spent a day there in 1989 with a very understanding girlfriend and was very rushed. If I ever get back, I'll allow 3 full days and that will still not be enough.

Wear a good pair of shoes, carry lots of ASA 400 film and have fun.
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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:15 pm

It is all great. Terrific displays everywhere you look, not just the airplanes themselves but all the artifacts.

Save some time (and money) for the gift shop. One of the best around.

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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:53 pm

Make sure to ride over to the hangars on the far side of the field where they have the old AF-1s etc. The original SR-71 is also over there. I've been to the museum a few times, although not recently. A few months ago I was on base and saw they were building a new annex. I beleive it's open now, but I've not been inside.
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RE: Recomendations At The Usaf Museum

Tue Feb 24, 2004 7:04 am

I was there on Saturday...........in one word.......Fantastic  Smile  Smile  Smile
Kids!....we are going to the happiest place on earth...TIJUANA! signed: Krusty the Clown