Tuesday, July 23, 2013

USAF Museum


Since Brion and I were both in the Air Force, we made a detour to the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, OH.

They have all kinds of aircraft inside and outside the museum from the very first military plane, a 1909 Wright Military Flyer (this is a replica - the original is at the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.)

to a B2 stealth bomber.

There are big planes and small planes, grouped by era. Here's a shot from a balcony. Right in the middle is the SR-71 Blackbird.

And check out the B-52. As you can see, this is a HUGE museum.

There's also a fair amount of space stuff like rockets and the Apollo 15 Command Module pictured here.

We were surprised to see the Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite. Brion and I both worked in the program office in L.A. where these were contracted to be built. I also did computer programming of the satellite positioning system while in Denver. Here's a picture of the satellite with Brion standing in front of it so you can see how big it is. You can read about DSP here.

There are also some flight simulators and Brion just had to get into one to check it out.

My favorite plane, a C141 Starlifter, was outside. I worked on these back in the 70's and early 80's as an avionics radio technician. I really liked doing that.

Loved this museum. There's so much more than is pictured here. There are videos, information on various areas of operations, etc. Two special exhibits we saw were of the Holocaust and a tribute to Bob Hope. If you like aircraft or military history or the Air Force, you should check it out when you're in the area.

3 comments:

  1. Two tunes come to mind seeing these great pictures: Off we go into the wild blue yonder, flying high, into the sun! (Air Force Hymn) and for the picture of Brion in the simulator: Fly in to the danger zone! (From Top Gun) (Smiles)

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  2. Great museum! Our daughter is currently stationed at the air base there. So we have been there several times in the last few years.

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  3. We stopped there in '09! Ron also found the plane he worked on - the F86L. Way before your time. That Starlifer looks pretty cool and even has a cool name.

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