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Old 05-11-2016, 04:44 PM   #1
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:48 PM   #2
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Very nice.
That museum is HUGE!

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Old 05-12-2016, 04:49 AM   #3
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Was there twice. WP is one of the few places left that I can see the B 58 Hustler. Worked on it for 5 years (crew chief)
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:54 AM   #4
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For those with base access (retirees, reserves, and guard), the FAMCAMP there is top notch.

On Friday afternoons, the Museum offers a tour of the restoration area (Called the "Behind the Scenes Tour) that is booked months in advance (though they occasionally have last minute openings if you wait in line).

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Old 05-13-2016, 12:11 PM   #5
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It is one of the nicest I have every seen. I also liked the WWII museum in New Orleans.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:26 PM   #6
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Boy was this place something, I thought Pensacola was good, you can be days in here. They also have 2 flight simulators, but Youroo wouldn't do it. If anyone is ever near it, it is a must. Go America..... Thanks for taking me Mr. Youroo....
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:44 PM   #7
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For those with base access (retirees, reserves, and guard), the FAMCAMP there is top notch.

On Friday afternoons, the Museum offers a tour of the restoration area (Called the "Behind the Scenes Tour) that is booked months in advance (though they occasionally have last minute openings if you wait in line).

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I took that tour a few years ago. They were restoring the “Memphis Belle” in a building on the base. To my surprise, I found out they even restore components on the aircraft that the public is likely never to see, such as wiring, pumps, switches etc. I also learned the “Memphis Belle” was not being restored to its last (25th) mission state but its 19th (?) mission because that is the mission they have most of the photographs and information of the aircraft. When the crew and the aircraft flew back to the US, they made a victory and war bond tour. Many people signed their names on the aircraft. There was debate, at the time I was there, if they should leave the names on the aircraft or not.

A must see museum if you are in the area and admission is free!


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Old 05-13-2016, 01:46 PM   #8
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There are a lot of good air museums around the country. The best, IMO, is the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. When we attended the Cherry Blossom FROG rally a few years back we joined another couple and visited the Air and Space Museum Annex at Dulles Airport. I’m so glad we did because it housed not only the retired Space Shuttle Discovery, it also had the Enola Gay on display. For you kids, the Enola Gay dropped the first atomic weapon on Japan.

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As gljurczyk mentioned, an excellent museum is the National Naval Aviation museum at the Pensacola NAS. They had some great historic aircraft on display.

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One more suggestion I have is to visit Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, AL. You can self-tour the USS Alabama battleship and the USS Drum, a WWII submarine. One of the buildings also houses a replica of the civil war submarine H. L. Hunley. Along with the ships they have some interesting aircraft on display like the B-52 and the SR-71 Blackbird.

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Old 05-13-2016, 02:08 PM   #9
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What campground did you stay at when you were there?
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I lived in Englewood, Oh (north side of Dayton) for 18 years and went to the museum at least twice a year. It is ever changing the make up of the exhibits. I personally know pilots of two of the aircraft on display, the pilot of the B-36 that made the last ever flight of a B-36 to the museum (which was built around the B-36, the museum hanger for the XB-70 was built around it also). The XB70 sat outside in the weather for many years and was then restored and put inside. I also know Capt Thacker (retired Col) who flew the "twin mustang" named Betty Jo (his wife). That museum is one of the few "free admission" museums in the country. Up until the about the last 20 years it was built and maintained by private donations only, no tax money was used. Anyone going to see it should plan on at least 2 days. A lot of the aircraft on display around the country are also owned by the AF Museum and on loan.

For a place to park an RV there is a very nice KOA near Brookville, OH (for a good meal go to Rob's in Brookville) along I-70 about 8 miles west of I-75 which would put it about 15 miles from the museum.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:07 PM   #11
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The museum is also handicap accessible. They have electric scooters for those who cannot walk long distances. They were just breaking ground for a new wing to bring the presidential Air Force One planes to the museum.
I was there with a group of veterans and we were able to go on base to see the presidential and experimental plane that were not yet in the museum. It was eerie to see where a rear divider in Kennedy's Air Force One was notched out to allow his casket to be loaded. Franklin Roosevelt's plane had an elevator to lower him to the runway. I was even able to press my nose to the window of the X-15 rocket plane to see the controls.
I did not know about the restoration tour. I will look into it next time I visit.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:35 PM   #12
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The fourth building which houses the XB-70 is set to open June 8th, 2016. The greatest thing about this museum is the military displays honoring the veterans. For anyone with an interest in aircraft this is a must see. My son did volunteer restoration at the British air museum when he was stationed at Lakenheath in England.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:40 PM   #13
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Boy was this place something, I thought Pensacola was good, you can be days in here. They also have 2 flight simulators, but Youroo wouldn't do it. If anyone is ever near it, it is a must. Go America..... Thanks for taking me Mr. Youroo....
I rode in one of them and it really is amazing.
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The USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio is without exception, the best facility of it’s type in the USA! Have been there7-8 times. They just added a 40 million dollar expansion two years ago. If you’re anywhere near Dayton do yourself a favor and visit.
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I grew up and lived in the Columbus Ohio area. My father was a private pilot and I have been to the museum many times. What a wonderful time it was to take my 9 year old grandson through the same B29 fuselage that I walked through as a 9 year old. The “Belle” is now on display, it’s absolutely beautiful! Jay
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