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Owlsphone
11-07-2004, 07:40 PM
Last week my girlfriend surprised me with a copy of Pacific Fighters and then today she drives me to the MAAM without me knowing where the heck we were going. I had never been there and sadly missed last years WWII weekend, so naturally I am left wondering what in the world I did to deserve PF and a trip to MAAM. I guess some questions may never be answered...

Anyway, when I first stepped into the museum, the gift shop is the first thing that I see. Naturally, I look around for about half an hour and then my girlfriend reminds me that this is just the gift shop I haven't even seen the museum yet. We walk out the door and in front of us is a large hangar. As I open the door I get giddy and Lis tries to restrain me. There's no hope, as I'm already inside. Staring me in the face is 15 feet of dive bomber. I've practically walked into an Avenger! It's wings were folded so I walked around to the front to get a good look at her. Even after seeing countless pictures of planes and simulations faithfully recreating their operation, nothing prepares you for the scale that these planes are. I stand at a giant 6'7" and I was looking up at the engine. I was able to walk completely under the nose of the bomber without ducking! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif The sheer size of it was incredible. All of a sudden I got an enormous sense of respect for people that not only flew in these, but were expected to dance around the sky in combat.

Moving around the Avenger (which completely obstructed the view of the rest of the hanger I might add) I can see the top of another plane...It's a B-25 Mitchell! I try to run over but alas, the "shewhomustbeobeyedbecauseshebroughtmetoamuseum" says that we have to "work our way over". Fine. On the way, I see the Piper J3 Cub. I have always had a love for these and wanted one since I was little. After seeing the size of it, I think I'll only get to see one from the ground. That thing is tiny!

There was a bomb with a hole cut in it for donations...for what I wonder?

The Black Widow that is currently under restoration needs donations. Without hesitation, I donate some money to the cause. It felt good to finally give a little back to a passion that has given me so much. Moving on...

Briefing Time! I have finally reached her. Lisa says "Wow, it's huge!" Then I remind her that these are the smaller bombers. I cannot believe that I was standing beside a B-25. The bomb bay doors are open...hmmm.

We step inside. I was standing inside of Briefing Time's bomb bay. I took a few minutes to absorb what I was actually doing. After the bomb bay, I noticed that they were changing the oil. Cool. Next, I did what any person would do...I looked down the barrels of the nose guns.

After all this time flying in Flight Simulator it never occurred to me that the MAAM addons for the B-25 and the DC-3 were from MY Mid Atlantic Air Museum. Why oh why did I wait so long to come here when its only 30 miles?!

I also saw the Texan trainer which I've always wanted to fly in. There were airliners outside along with a spy plane, but the magic of the museum was inside that hangar. My only regret was that I didn't beg/borrow/steal a digital camera so I could get some pictures.

As we leave, I notice a red t-shirt. It said in white print "Please remove before flight". Happened to be in my size. Lisa says to me, "I don't really get it. It must be flight humor, but I like it."

All in all, today was incredible. I got a newfound respect for aviation in general. I also feel like I got to see a part of history that even as we try to preserve it, it may not be around forever. I even got Wendy's afterwards for lunch http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Admission is only $6, so even a poor college student like myself can afford to go. I know it won't be long before I come back. Now I'm pumped for the WWII weekend that I will be sure not to miss. Too bad I have to wait...it's in June. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I hope you liked my story. I'll make sure to get some pictures next time around.

Owlsphone
11-07-2004, 07:40 PM
Last week my girlfriend surprised me with a copy of Pacific Fighters and then today she drives me to the MAAM without me knowing where the heck we were going. I had never been there and sadly missed last years WWII weekend, so naturally I am left wondering what in the world I did to deserve PF and a trip to MAAM. I guess some questions may never be answered...

Anyway, when I first stepped into the museum, the gift shop is the first thing that I see. Naturally, I look around for about half an hour and then my girlfriend reminds me that this is just the gift shop I haven't even seen the museum yet. We walk out the door and in front of us is a large hangar. As I open the door I get giddy and Lis tries to restrain me. There's no hope, as I'm already inside. Staring me in the face is 15 feet of dive bomber. I've practically walked into an Avenger! It's wings were folded so I walked around to the front to get a good look at her. Even after seeing countless pictures of planes and simulations faithfully recreating their operation, nothing prepares you for the scale that these planes are. I stand at a giant 6'7" and I was looking up at the engine. I was able to walk completely under the nose of the bomber without ducking! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif The sheer size of it was incredible. All of a sudden I got an enormous sense of respect for people that not only flew in these, but were expected to dance around the sky in combat.

Moving around the Avenger (which completely obstructed the view of the rest of the hanger I might add) I can see the top of another plane...It's a B-25 Mitchell! I try to run over but alas, the "shewhomustbeobeyedbecauseshebroughtmetoamuseum" says that we have to "work our way over". Fine. On the way, I see the Piper J3 Cub. I have always had a love for these and wanted one since I was little. After seeing the size of it, I think I'll only get to see one from the ground. That thing is tiny!

There was a bomb with a hole cut in it for donations...for what I wonder?

The Black Widow that is currently under restoration needs donations. Without hesitation, I donate some money to the cause. It felt good to finally give a little back to a passion that has given me so much. Moving on...

Briefing Time! I have finally reached her. Lisa says "Wow, it's huge!" Then I remind her that these are the smaller bombers. I cannot believe that I was standing beside a B-25. The bomb bay doors are open...hmmm.

We step inside. I was standing inside of Briefing Time's bomb bay. I took a few minutes to absorb what I was actually doing. After the bomb bay, I noticed that they were changing the oil. Cool. Next, I did what any person would do...I looked down the barrels of the nose guns.

After all this time flying in Flight Simulator it never occurred to me that the MAAM addons for the B-25 and the DC-3 were from MY Mid Atlantic Air Museum. Why oh why did I wait so long to come here when its only 30 miles?!

I also saw the Texan trainer which I've always wanted to fly in. There were airliners outside along with a spy plane, but the magic of the museum was inside that hangar. My only regret was that I didn't beg/borrow/steal a digital camera so I could get some pictures.

As we leave, I notice a red t-shirt. It said in white print "Please remove before flight". Happened to be in my size. Lisa says to me, "I don't really get it. It must be flight humor, but I like it."

All in all, today was incredible. I got a newfound respect for aviation in general. I also feel like I got to see a part of history that even as we try to preserve it, it may not be around forever. I even got Wendy's afterwards for lunch http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Admission is only $6, so even a poor college student like myself can afford to go. I know it won't be long before I come back. Now I'm pumped for the WWII weekend that I will be sure not to miss. Too bad I have to wait...it's in June. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I hope you liked my story. I'll make sure to get some pictures next time around.

LStarosta
11-07-2004, 07:47 PM
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Superior rudder control?


I'm glad you had fun! Consider yourself lucky to have a girlfriend nice enough to do something like this! Be sure to return the favor somehow!

Owlsphone
11-07-2004, 07:56 PM
Well, the 2 year aniv. is coming up next week so I really don't know how I can top the Museum surprise.

wayno7777
11-07-2004, 08:05 PM
She sure has her hooks in you, but a trip to MAAM she can't be all bad. LOL Here's to hopin' the skies are clear and blue for WW2 Weekend in '05. Still cleaning mud out the fender wells. LOL You will need to take the weekend off from your major league assignment, won't you? Keep on throwin'!!! Good luck all around!

pielkop
11-07-2004, 11:04 PM
if you liked the MAAM you will pee your pants if you ever go the the USAF museum in dayton ohio ,man talk about heavan ! .I was lucky enuogh to have gone to the WW2 weekend at MAAM last year and it was awesome .definately try to get there next year .Until you gewt your own pics of the avenger and briefing time here are two that i took last year .if you want to see more let me know
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v52/Pielkop/Briefingtime.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v52/Pielkop/avenger.jpg

wayno7777
11-07-2004, 11:35 PM
Cool. This is why I'm hopin' for sun...from '04.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/Airshow6-5-04b.jpg
From '03
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/FB%20shots/Aircraft/Airshow6-8-03i.jpg

Owlsphone
11-08-2004, 07:11 AM
Wow thanks Pielkop! Now everyone can see just what I meant by the scale of the Avenger. It's HUGE http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Oh, and I talked to a few people at MAAM about next year. They say that so far, everything they had last year will be there next yeat...and more http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif