After a fire destroyed the building in 2004, the Yankee Air Museum took up quarters in a large building on the south side of the Willow Run Airport.
Museum officials hoped to stay there until a new facility can be built. But they learned last week they may have to move as early as next month because the Wayne County Airport Authority plans to close the building to save money.
“We’re unhappy about it,” said Frank Ernst, development committee chair with the museum. “We’re disappointed with the decision, and we feel we are taking a huge step backward.”
Airport spokesman Michael Conway said the number of tenants in the aircraft hangar has dwindled, and the authority is losing about $250,000 a year in utility costs for the 191,000-square-foot building.
“We can’t afford to heat it anymore,” Conway said.
The 8th Air Force Museum located at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, LA was the feature of an article this week by the Shreveport Times calling attention to issues surrounding its large collection of vintage bomber aircraft – including rarities such as the Consolidated B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and Avro Vulcan. The National Museum of the United States Air Force — the organization charged with oversight of aircraft displayed at countless bases around the US — has given warning to the 8th Air Force Museum after an unsatisfactory inspection and failure to meet the initial stages of accreditation by the NMUSAF. As many of the aircraft are displayed outdoors for the lack of a hangar or funds to build one, the 8th Air Force Museum is facing significant challenges to remain viable under the close eye of the NMUSAF.
The latest coming in from the news hounds over at WIX (Warbird Information Exchange) involves the ferry flight of Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer (Bu No 66300) from Greybull, WY to Chino, CA for delivery to its new home at Yanks Air Museum in Chino. The aircraft formerly served with Hawkins & Powers in Greybull as a fire bomber as Tanker 124. The aircraft was one of a fleet of vintage fire bombers that were auctioned off in late 2005.
It’s great news that the former H&P Privateers are finding new homes and are not meeting the fate of the scrapper. Though Tanker 124 will be a long-term restoration to bring it back to wartime condition, certainly the skilled craftspeople at Yanks are up for the challenge.
For a video of Tanker 124 in it’s active days protecting timber, please see the video below.
MUSEUM OF AVIATION ADDS AN OV-10 BRONCO VIETNAM-ERA COMBAT AIRCRAFT TO ITS COLLECTION
Warner Robins, GA, February 29, 2008. –The Museum of Aviation will take possession of a Vietnam-era forward air control aircraft tomorrow known as the OV-10 Bronco. The twin-turbo prop twin-seat short takeoff and landing aircraft was used in combat during the Vietnam War and also saw action flying tactical air control missions in Germany and Korea during the 70s and 80s. It was retired in 1991 and was acquired by the Museum of Aviation from another Museum in Amarillo, Texas. Two airmen from the 653rd Combat Logistics Support Squadron at Robins Air Force Base helped the Museum disassemble the aircraft and transport it from Texas to Georgia on a flatbed trailer.
A total of 157 OV-10s were produced for the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1969 by North American Rockwell. The Bronco’s missions included observation, forward air control, helicopter escort, armed reconnaissance, gunfire spotting, utility and limited ground attack. It was equipped with four machine guns in the fuselage plus 3,600 lbs. of external stores. Adding to its versatility is a rear fuselage compartment with a capacity of 3,200 pounds of cargo, five combat-equipped troops or two litter patients and a medical attendant.
The Museum of Aviation plans to restore the aircraft to its Vietnam-era paint scheme and markings and display it along side other Vietnam-era aircraft in its collection like the UH-1 helicopter gunship, and the O-1E Birddog and O-2A Skymaster forward air control aircraft.
The Museum now has more than 120 aircraft, missiles and cockpits in its collection.
Vintage Wings of Canada (VWC) has acquired a Sabre! Canadair Sabre Mk V with RCAF s/n 23314, c/n 1104 and c/r N8687D arrived at the Gatineau Executive Airport on the 19 September 2007, at 11:19 AM. Ferry pilot Ron Iberg was at the controls.
With the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada on the horizon (23 February 2009) VWC has been looking for a unique way to contribute to celebrations commemorating this event, beyond what it already does every day. Another significant piece of Canadian aviation history is the Golden Hawks display team, which was formed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada. VWC founder Michael Potter comments, “A wonderful way to recognize the 100th anniversary is to bring back a Golden Hawk Sabre. The Sabre has so many memories as a front line fighter of the Korean war era, and also the with Golden Hawks formation team that captured the hearts and minds of people all across Canada.”
Aero-News is reporting that the Texas Aviation Heritage Society has received a four-month lease extension from the City Of Amarillo, TX in order for the group to remove items from the former English Field Air & Space Museum. Some of these items will be transferred to other museums. There will be an auction on Saturday, Sept. 29 where all furnishings, equipment and memorabilia will be sold. There are still (as of Sept. 20) three aircraft available for relocation to other accredited museums:
Witnesses said the aircraft clipped some trees and spun into the field on the opposite side. The secluded nature of the prevented rescuers from reaching the scene immediately but other aircraft reported that the pilot was out of the wreck and walking around. The lucky pilot was found to be uninjured and did not have to seek medical treatment.
Sources reported the pilot to be Mike Smith, a 47-year-old resident of Ontario, Canada. The flight was to be a practice run in preparation for the air show.
The Geneseo airshow represents a unique opportunity for the dedicated warbird fan since the entire event takes place on grass. With even a little imagination you can go back in time and watch a P-51 or a Spitfire take off from a grass strip in England heading towards France. The smell and sounds and proximity of these aircraft make this show a never miss for the staff at Warbirds-Online.
The volunteers at Historic Aircraft Group (HAG) are a big reason why this airshow is so entertaining. They are some of the nicest and helpful people you’ll ever run across and if you get a chance, give them a big thank you for making this wonderful event possible.
by Rob Bardua
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
4/30/2007 – DAYTON, Ohio — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force announced the addition of the world’s first stealthy air dominance fighter to its collection today.
The F-22A Raptor combines stealth, maneuverability, and the ability to fly long distances at supersonic speeds into an aircraft capable of performing both air superiority and air-to-ground missions.
The museum’s Raptor was one of nine built for engineering, manufacture and development testing in 1999. After completing its test program, the aircraft came to the museum and will go on display after restoration is finalized later this year.
USAF PhotoMuseum visitors can view the F-22A Raptor by registering for a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Restoration Hangar. The tours take place each Friday at 12:15 p.m. For more information or to register for a tour call 937-255-3286, ext. 302.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free.
ABC in Australia did a fantastic story on the Temora Aviation Museum in their 7:30 Report today. The video is really top notch and gives a great view on this wonderful flying collection in Australia.
The report gives the uneducated viewer (namely me, being from North America) a great background to the collection and some touching stories about the impact it has had on the region. I know that coverage like this on a museum in the states is enviable, so this is a great coup for the warbird community in Australia.