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jarink
10-30-2010, 10:26 AM
(This is a repost of a thread I started at A&A yesterday. I thought I'd put it up here as well since there's a lot of folks here that may not know about A&A. The original thread is here (http://www.axis-and-allies-paintworks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=679).)

I just got back from a two-day trip to the NMUSAF (National Museum of the USAF) in Dayton, Ohio.

I can't stop thinking about the incredible history we saw at the museum. Everything from amazing acts of valor, neat and unusual aircraft and items, to real items of history. Bockscar - the actual plane that dropped the A-bomb on Nagasaki. The command capsule from Apollo 16. A moon rock. A piece of the Berlin Wall. We even stood in THE ACTUAL SPOT where Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office on Air Force One (seen the world over in that famous photograph).
Exciting = Understatement.

According to their website, there are 26 Congressional Medals of Honor on display at the USAF Museum, including the first official USAF version of the Medal. This medal was awarded to Maj. Bernard F. Fisher for his actions on a mission flying an A-1E Skyraider in the A Shau in March 1966. The actual A-1E he flew during the mission is on display there as well!
Air Force Medal of Honor awardees (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=15138)

Some notable photos:
Actual fabric from a 94th "Hat in the Ring" Squadron SPAD XIII
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFHatInRing.jpg
Capt. Jay Zeamer's Medal of Honor (Pilot of the B-17E "Old 666")
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFZeamerMoH.jpg
Map used by Col Don Blakeslee on an escort mission to Berlin (I did not see a date on it)
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFBlakesleemap.jpg
Bockscar
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFBockscar.jpg
C-141 "Hanoi Taxi" which carried the first US POWs repatriated from Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFHanoiTaxi.jpg

There's a lot more, but I'm going to have to go sort through my photos and see what I can post. I only had a cruddy point-and-shoot digital camera and my phone's cam. Neither one liked the rather dim lighting in the museum and so most of my pics are dim, fuzzy or both.

jarink
10-30-2010, 10:26 AM
(This is a repost of a thread I started at A&A yesterday. I thought I'd put it up here as well since there's a lot of folks here that may not know about A&A. The original thread is here (http://www.axis-and-allies-paintworks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=679).)

I just got back from a two-day trip to the NMUSAF (National Museum of the USAF) in Dayton, Ohio.

I can't stop thinking about the incredible history we saw at the museum. Everything from amazing acts of valor, neat and unusual aircraft and items, to real items of history. Bockscar - the actual plane that dropped the A-bomb on Nagasaki. The command capsule from Apollo 16. A moon rock. A piece of the Berlin Wall. We even stood in THE ACTUAL SPOT where Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office on Air Force One (seen the world over in that famous photograph).
Exciting = Understatement.

According to their website, there are 26 Congressional Medals of Honor on display at the USAF Museum, including the first official USAF version of the Medal. This medal was awarded to Maj. Bernard F. Fisher for his actions on a mission flying an A-1E Skyraider in the A Shau in March 1966. The actual A-1E he flew during the mission is on display there as well!
Air Force Medal of Honor awardees (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=15138)

Some notable photos:
Actual fabric from a 94th "Hat in the Ring" Squadron SPAD XIII
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFHatInRing.jpg
Capt. Jay Zeamer's Medal of Honor (Pilot of the B-17E "Old 666")
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFZeamerMoH.jpg
Map used by Col Don Blakeslee on an escort mission to Berlin (I did not see a date on it)
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFBlakesleemap.jpg
Bockscar
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFBockscar.jpg
C-141 "Hanoi Taxi" which carried the first US POWs repatriated from Hanoi, North Vietnam, on Feb. 12, 1973.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/NMUSAF/NMUSAFHanoiTaxi.jpg

There's a lot more, but I'm going to have to go sort through my photos and see what I can post. I only had a cruddy point-and-shoot digital camera and my phone's cam. Neither one liked the rather dim lighting in the museum and so most of my pics are dim, fuzzy or both.

ElAurens
10-30-2010, 11:19 AM
I am a member there.

It really is an amazing place. I get there at least a couple times a year.

p-11.cAce
10-30-2010, 02:41 PM
I live just a bit down the road in Cinci and am able to get there a few times a year http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif I'm always impressed every time I go there - and a bit sad that such a dynamic time in aviation is coming to an end.

PhantomKira
10-30-2010, 02:49 PM
Yup, it's amazing. I coerced my father (without too much difficulty) into a 500 mile detour on one of our driving trips to Chicago to see that museum. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Nothing like loosing an XB-70 in the hanger! Man, that hanger's big! "There's an XB-70 and a B-52 at the other end of this hanger." "Oh yeah? Where? I can't see them from here!" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

pwengland
10-30-2010, 05:19 PM
An amazing museum. I'm very fortunate it's only a 40 minute drive north of my home.
You can spend an entire day and not see everything!
There is so much more to see than just the aircraft.

<a href="http:http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c194/pengland/IMG_0146.jpg //s27.photobucket.com/albums/c194/pengland/?action=view&current=IMG_0098.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c194/pengland/IMG_0098.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

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http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c194/pengland/IMG_0059.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c194/pengland/IMG_0146.jpg

T_O_A_D
11-03-2010, 11:38 AM
I made a second 10 hour trip there in the last three years, back in August.

I could go there every year, and see something I missed before I think.

If I lived close I'd just go there for a walk, in a controlled climate a few times a week.

http://smg.photobucket.com/alb...?albumview=slideshow (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v37/T_O_A_D/Aircraft%20Pics/Dayton%20Ohio%20ASAF%20Museum/Memphis%20Belle%202007/?albumview=slideshow)

http://smg.photobucket.com/alb...?albumview=slideshow (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v37/T_O_A_D/Aircraft%20Pics/Dayton%20Ohio%20ASAF%20Museum/Memphis%20Belle%202007/2010/?albumview=slideshow)

http://smg.photobucket.com/alb...?albumview=slideshow (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v37/T_O_A_D/Aircraft%20Pics/Dayton%20Ohio%20ASAF%20Museum/Swoose/?albumview=slideshow)

http://smg.photobucket.com/alb...?albumview=slideshow (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v37/T_O_A_D/Aircraft%20Pics/Dayton%20Ohio%20ASAF%20Museum/WW1/?albumview=slideshow)


http://smg.photobucket.com/alb...?albumview=slideshow (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v37/T_O_A_D/Aircraft%20Pics/Dayton%20Ohio%20ASAF%20Museum/?albumview=slideshow)

Only real complaint I have is the lighting in there. It takes patience and a very good camera and tripod to get quality photos.
I have none of the aforementioned items, short patience.

This last trip the weather cooled off and all the local's were out enjoying the great outdoors. We nearly had the place to ourselves. It would of been a perfect time to have the right equipment.

ElAurens
11-03-2010, 04:41 PM
Thanks for the pics TOAD.

It's an amazing place.