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
Today is the Museum of Aviation‘s 30th anniversary. The museum opened to the public on Friday, 9 November 1984. There were about 20 aircraft on display in an open field and another 20 were in various stages of restoration. The
When I was a boy, I enjoyed reading about world records. There was something fascinating to me about achievements that were the best in the world. Years later, I find myself reflecting on the museum’s SR-71 Blackbird, serial number 61-7958,
Note from curator Mike Rowland: Ross Schumacher, who recently graduated from Veterans High School, came to the museum during the spring semester as part of the “Professional Interest Exploration” program. I asked Ross to share some thoughts about his experience at the
Today and tomorrow are the 25th anniversary of 16 world altitude and time-to-climb records set by pilots Jerry Hoyt and Ron Williams in the museum’s Lockheed U-2C “Dragon Lady” reconnaissance aircraft, serial number 56-6682. The records, set on 17 and
People sometimes ask me to name my favorite airplane. My answer is usually the one I’m learning the most about at the time. What that means is my favorite airplane tends to change. Right now, it’s the Lockheed C-140 JetStar.
This story began last summer. I was a junior without any career goals; I lacked drive and direction. I was more than upset that I had gone through several majors and none of them felt right. It came to the
Meet the Volunteers: Linda and Ariel volunteer in Hangar One (the Vietnam Hangar) every Wednesday.
Where are you from?
Linda – I was born in Arkansas, my father and husband are both military, but I call Georgia home now.
Ariel – Southern
This summer, I began my internship at the Museum of Aviation. Upon arriving here, I spent some time going through the museum. Last summer I was a volunteer in Hangar One (the Vietnam Hangar) but was interested to take a
This has been a bad year for wildfires. The National Interagency Fire Center reports that as of August 29th, over 7,291,750 acres (11,393 square miles) have been burned by over 44,000 fires in 2012. Those are mind-boggling numbers.