Last Ride of the M35:
Long-Serving Cargo Truck Coming to Museum of Aviation
Personnel from Robins Air Force Base’s 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron will deliver an M35 cargo truck to the Museum of Aviation on Tuesday 28 July. The vehicle will arrive at the museum around 9:30 am. Members of the media are invited to see the vehicle in front of the Eagle Building before it is moved to its display location 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 is an important vehicle in U.S. military history. 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.
Many who used the M35 in the field consider it to be 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.” The basic chassis was used for a wide variety of specialized support vehicles, including aircraft refuelers and airfield firefighting trucks.
The M35 series of trucks was managed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's vehicle branch (and antecedents) located at Robins. The Air Force procured over 940 examples of the M35. When the museum’s truck arrives on Tuesday, it will be the only M35 on display in an Air Force museum.
2015 Auction and Raffle Draws Large Crowd
Morris Bank was the Platinum Sponsor of the 30th Annual Auction, Raffle and Taste of Local Cuisine held July 18.
Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell drew the grand prize raffle winners. The first place prize went to Edmund Olson of Macon. Olson gets his choice of $30,000 cash or one of eight new cars or trucks from Warner Robins car dealers. Airman First Jonathan Miller of Port Orange, FL won the second place prize of $3,000 and Kristen Nichols of Kathleen won the $1,000 third prize.
The event was a big success with more than 300 items auctioned off and 30 restaurants and caterers providing a Taste of Local Cuisine to a crowd of more than 1,000 attendees.
B-17 Flying Fortress Tail Gunner's Compartment Has Arrived!
The first piece of the B-17 Flying Fortress arrived at the Museum of Aviation on July 10.
The tail gunner’s compartment was at the extreme end of the fuselage. The tail turret was the B-17’s most important defensive position. The gunner sat in a kneeling position on a bicycle-style seat with his lower legs resting on pads. The two boxes at the sides held ammunition. The tail gunner used two .50-caliber machine guns to defend his aircraft enemy fighter attacks from the rear.
The B-17 “Flying Fortress” is one of the most famous airplanes in history. More than 12,700 B-17's were built, but only about 50 are left worldwide. The Museum's long-time goal of getting a B-17 bomber for permanent indoor display will be achieved when it arrives in August.
Photo: Two Museum of Aviation restoration volunteers (l-r) Eric Parrow and Bob Denison uncrated the tail gunner’s compartment in the back of the Scott WWII Exhibit Hangar.
To help support the B-17 Restoration by the Museum of Aviation Foundation, CLICK HERE.
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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The Fastest Plane in the World
By Thom Patterson, CNN
Thom Patterson, CNN senior producer for various in-depth digital reports, featured the Museum of Aviation SR-71 “Blackbird” on CNN’s website. Patterson, writes digital stories for CNN, interviewed the Museum’s curator, Mike Rowland. The article and video highlights the world’s fastest aircraft history and accomplishments. To view, CLICK HERE.
Guided Tours Provide Inside Look
Written by Angela Woolen
U.S. Air Force photo by Misuzu Allen
Tours can offer insight, and behind-the-scenes tours at the Museum of Aviation happen almost every day. Whether you're a kindergartener, a senior citizen or somewhere in between, these tours are designed for everyone.
A Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps group from Charles Drew High school in Riverdale recently received a guided tour from Candi James, who is in charge of those tours at the museum.
The C-130 is on the second floor of the Eagle Building. Most people see the front of the airplane with a pilot mannequin.
Guided tours take people inside the fuselage of the plane.
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