A Journal, with Pictures

Dayton Aviation

by on Aug.04, 2014, under Flying

After a smooth trip back from Oshkosh AirVenture on Friday we cooled our jets Friday evening, then struck out for the United States Museum of the Air Force. It had been several years since Mike had visited and we wanted to see the bigger changes that had occurred. We checked and found that three areas had received major updates, the addition of the Space Shuttle trainer in the Cold War Gallery, the South East Asia Gallery and the Rocket Gallery. We also wanted to see the 3D Imax movie “Normandy”. Keep in mind to see the entire museum is a multi-day task, so we had almost a full day ahead of us, just seeing whats new. We started with the shuttle trainer, which was impressive and included a movie on the program before touring the simulator itself.

Space Shuttle Trainer

Space Shuttle Trainer

Shuttle flight deck

Shuttle flight deck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then did the rest of the Cold War Gallery, which had added a number of the thermal nuclear devises (Bombs). The early H Bombs where huge, and you could see the progression to smaller devices such as the Mark 17 shown in with the B‑36. You came to realize big bomber were needed to carry big bombs and the B‑36 is one big bomber, with 6 turbo prop and 4 jet engines, the exhibit also included the bombers from the end of the Cold War era, such as the B‑1, B‑2

 

B-36 and H-Bomb

B‑36 and H‑Bomb

B-1 Bomber

B‑1 Bomber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then headed for the Missile Gallery to see the progression of missiles from the early Thor and to today’s Minute Men. Also the progression of thermal nuclear devises to the Multiple Target able Reentry Vehicle that could put ten H‑bombs on ten different targets from one missile. The satellite used to detect launches of soviet missiles was also on display.

Missile Gallary

Missile Gallery

Launch detection orbitor

Launch detection orbiter

Multiple Re-entry vehicles

Multiple Re-entry vehicles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then had lunch and took in the movie “Normandy” then headed for the updated South East Asia Gallery: This was very well done and told the story of the Vietnam war very well. The exhibit included both the Mig’s used by the Chines and the US aircraft and a whole lot more.

Mig-17

Mig-17

Mig-29

Mig-29

Mig-21

Mig-21

F-100

F‑100

Wild Weasle

Wild Weasel

Mike in Phantom Cockpit

Mike in Phantom Cockpit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We called it a day, but there was something involving aviation that Mike and I had not done so on the way home we went to the Woodland cemetery to see the Wright Brothers grave.

Wright Family Plot

Wright Family Plot

Wilbur's Grave

Wilbur’s Grave

Orville's Grave

Orville’s Grave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well we finally reach aviation saturation. We had a great dinner on our deck in perfect weather and Sunday morning we had Mike at the airport for his 7:25 flight back to Bend Oregon. It was a very interesting and fun week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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