B-17 Flying Fortress Has Arrived
Wordpress Blog by: Mike Rowland, Curator of the Museum of Aviation
In January 1982, almost three years before the Museum of Aviation opened to the public, museum staff submitted paperwork to the Air Force requesting a B-17 Flying Fortress. Who knew it would take over 33 years to finally get our B-17! When I say “our B-17,” I truly mean that. It’s yours and mine. As Americans, we can claim the legacy of the B-17 as our own. It is part of our heritage, it is part of who we are.
When I was boy, a family friend loaned me a thick book about the B-17 Flying Fortress. It was my introduction to this iconic airplane and I marveled at the huge, sweeping story. I continue to marvel today. The B-17 is a remarkable machine but, as with all artifacts, its value is in its relationship to people. So I want to emphasize that the story of the B-17 is a story about people.
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The Museum of Aviation Receives MRAP
The Army's 841st Transportation Battalion delivered the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) "Cougar" for permanent display in the Century of Flight Hangar. This particular Air Force vehicle was used by
AF Office of Special Investigations personnel in Afghanistan.
The MRAP hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in January 2014 and
it did what it was supposed to do and protected the occupants. It vehicle was repaired and returned to service.
Last Ride of the M35:
Long-Serving Cargo Truck is on Display in Hangar One
Personnel from Robins Air Force Base’s 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron will delivered an M35 cargo truck to the Museum of Aviation. The vehicle will be on display in Hangar One. Phoenix Management, Inc., a vehicle maintenance contractor with the 78th LRS, took on the restoration of the M35 and prepared it for display at the museum.
The truck was delivered in 1988 new from the factory to the 5th Combat Communications Group located at Robins, and spent its entire service life with the 5th CCG. This is the last M35 at Robins.
The M35 was introduced in the early 1950s and was used by all branches of the military and has supported US operations in all major conflicts since then. Thousands of M35s were in military service over the decades, but they have mostly been retired. The M35 is considered one of the best tactical trucks ever built because of its ruggedness, power and ease of maintenance and repair. The M35 could carry a 5-ton load on paved surfaces and 2.5 tons off-road, which led to the nickname “deuce and a half.”
Warner Robins Crawford Hicks Remembers Fighting Near the Front Lines During World War II
By Alexa Rodriguez, 41NBC WMGT
A Warner Robins man who fought for our country remembers being near the front lines during World War II.
A new exhibit at the Museum of Aviation is bringing back memories from his days as an Air Force pilot.
In 1944, Crawford Hicks got a present he will never forget.
"I was 23 years old and they gave me a new airplane. Oh, I was just so proud of myself," recalls Hicks.
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Museum Staff Members Install Nose Art Panels
Museum staff members Bill Paul (left) and Doug Monahan discuss the installation of C-141 Starlifter nose art panels. Bill is curating the exhibit and Doug installed the panels in the exhibit case. The nose art has been in storage at the museum for years. Personnel from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, cut the panels from C-141s as the aircraft were being recycled. The exhibit will be completed in the next few weeks.
Museum of Aviation Needs Volunteers
The Museum of Aviation is looking for individuals who would like to spend four hours each week working as a volunteer in the exciting atmosphere of U.S. Air Force Aviation History.
Each exhibit building has a visitor desk where volunteers welcome and greet the visitors in the Museum. The volunteers are there to assist visitors any way necessary. They also walk the floors of the Museum while visitors are present to help keep an eye on exhibits and see to the needs of the visitors.
Volunteer shifts that are needed:
- Monday afternoons (1:00 - 4:00 pm)
- Friday mornings (1:00 - 4:00 pm)
- Saturday mornings (9:00 am - 1:00 pm)
- Saturday afternoons (1:00 - 5:00 pm)
- Sunday afternoons (1:00 - 5:00 pm)
For more information contact Dan Hart, Volunteer Program Administrator at 926-4242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.