Sunday, February 19, 2012

Air Power Museum

On our date day before Valentine's Day, what more romantic place can you think of going with the love of your life than an Air Power Museum? I couldn't think of any better place either. Actually it was my wife's idea but I digress. I had never heard of this museum but came across the name while looking for unique places to eat mentioned in a post last week. I suspected from the looks of the pictures online that it would be in an uninsulated metal building and it was so we didn't stay too long since it was early in the morning and still pretty cold out.

I'm not much of an airplane guy and have little knowledge of them other than they need wings and sometimes engines to fly. I should know more since my grandfather was a pilot back in the day and his father actually was an airplane mechanic during World War I in France. But I'm not and I don't. So I will post most of these pictures with little to say since I don't really know much about what I'm looking at anyway. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos but all I had was a cellphone since I hadn't thought to bring a camera along on our date.


Having always been intrigued about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, I immediately gravitated to these clippings that had been framed and hung on the wall.



The actual airplane portion of the museum was just a metal building shoved full of planes with nothing identifying what they were. I saw that most of them had the word experimental stenciled on their sides. The above was standing in the door looking right and below is the same but looking left. Lots of planes.



I thought the above plane was a cool little jobbie. I bet despite it being a prop plane, it feels like you are going plenty fast when crammed into the little cockpit.


This picture is a two-for. One of another spiffy looking little rear driven prop plane and the flying saucer in the background. With the way the planes were shoved in there, I couldn't get any closer to see what it really was without becoming more intimate with the concrete floor which was cold and dirty and I was only a couple hours into our date day at the time.


A nice looking engine...


A small boxy marines plane.

6 comments:

Vince said...

It's now considered that Earhart was brought down by the Japanese. See; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Pacific_Mandate
It is believed she was on a semi-private spying mission on developments carried out by Japan marking installations that had a forward military intent.

This new verification thing is doing my nut.

Ed said...

Vince - That is just a myth started by a 1943 movie Flight for Freedom. There has been lots of research by U.S. intelligence into the Japanese and they all came to the conclusion that they had no involvement.

That word verification thing is doing my nut too. I have to get ten or so before I get one that I have a chance at solving successfully.

R. Sherman said...

I love Air and Space museums. Have you visited the Navy Aviation Museum in Pensacola? It's a must see!

Cheers.

sage said...

A number of those planes I'd just as soon not be the one flying...

Bone said...

I've always been intrigued by the Earhart thing, too, so I would've been all over that part of the museum.

Ed said...

R. Sherman - I haven't but I've been to the one at the Smithsonian.

Sage - A number? Try all of them for me!

Bone - Perhaps it is a generational thing because I've always been fascinated by that story too.