It was hard to resist, being so close. So I gave in to the temptation. I even dragged my brother-in-law, Bud and his teenage grandson, Caleb along with me. Where?
To the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
This is one of the premier military museums in the country, well worth a visit and best of all, it’s FREE (my favorite four letter word).
It is well laid out from the earliest types of planes, like the Wright Brother’s flyer,
to World War I fighters,
World War II aircraft including fighters,
and heavy bombers like this B-24.
One very historic aircraft on display is “Bockscar”, the B-29 that dropped the second atomic bomb that ended WWII.
Bud’s father was a B-29 pilot and my dad was an aircraft mechanic on B-29s during WWII, so to see one of these aircraft was special to us both.
Aircraft of the Korean War. The beginning of jet fighters that made propeller driven fighters obsolete.
We even met Dennis the Menace!
The museum progresses through modern aircraft right up to a forest of rockets used to launch satellites and spacecraft.
There is even a full sized training mock up of the Space Shuttle, that was used to train all the shuttle astronauts. It is amazingly big, hard to believe that the shuttles could be launched into space.
NUDITY ALERT: If you don’t want to see nudity, skip the next couple of pictures!
The museum is very educational, well laid out and balanced between history and technology. For example, here is a jet with the skin of the fuselage removed so you can see the inner workings of it.
Enough of the naked pictures, back to G rated.
I found drones very interesting.
They could be a tremendous help to RVers. You could use one to scout out perfect campsites in advance. And if the campground was full, no problem, just arm the drone and make your own space… ;c)
A great place to visit, the parking lot is huge and plenty of room to park even the largest RV. For military folks, there is a FamCamp at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base right next door.
Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.