A Century in the Wild Blue Yonder: The National Museum of the US Air Force

A Long Walk Through 100+ Years of Air Force History

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Remember how we mentioned a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force back in our previous post?  Well, with all the hundreds of aircraft on display at the Air Force Museum, we thought it would be appropriate to give the museum its own post.  Way back in 1995 – when I still was still a high-schooler certain of my trajectory toward the Air Force Academy – we visited Dayton on our one and only great cross-country family vacation.  In fact, I have three hours of home video narrated by a voice-cracking, mumbling, monotone yours truly as proof of our trip – that, and about 200 photos (and that was in the days of film no less!).   So, when I discovered I’d be headed up to Ohio again for a shoot, I made plans for a nostalgic visit to the Air Force Museum.

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While things here and there have changed (and expanded!), the waves of nostalgia still flooded over me as I rounded the corner to the parking lot.  I hadn’t even entered the exhibit halls yet – and I was already reminded of our trip some 20 years ago.  Once inside, the memories kept coming – and even a few surprises.  When I entered the second hanger, filled with aircraft from the Korean and Vietnam wars, I had remembered that they had a B-52 on display (a massive plane that goes to show you just how gigantic the hangers are), but I was stunned to see that it was a dead ringer for the B-52 model I had assembled in high school – down to the placement of the camouflage patches!  I had completely forgotten I had painted my model after this one!

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One other unique bit of history, though a new addition to the Air Force Museum, was a collection of a half dozen presidential aircraft – including everything prior to the current 747.  Best of all, you could tour four of the aircraft from nose to tail!  It was a great experience!

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The Plane! the Plane! 2015 Sea and Sky Spectacular

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Little known fact: when I was a child, I really, really, really wanted to be a pilot – I dreamed of flying fighters for the Air Force and even began the lengthy process of applying for the academy.  If it weren’t for my sudden need of glasses, who knows where I would be today.  Yet I was undeterred and headed to college with every intent of becoming a pilot and flying commercially.  However, after a year of flight training, I realized that while I love flying, the appeal of commercial aviation as a career began to wane, and… so here I am today, a professional photographer, writing this post for your enjoyment (or derision if you prefer).

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But enough about me.  Let’s talk about this weekend’s Sea and Sky Spectacular at Jacksonville Beach.  Sunday afternoon, after church, we headed out to see the air show – though the weather was less than ideal and threatened rain, the show area managed to stay precipitation-free the entire time.   The show itself was filled with a wonderful variety of performers, from solo acts and formation groups, to historic flights from a couple of P-51 Mustangs and an F4U Corsair, to Fat Albert and the Blue Angels.  Because of all the moisture in the air, the planes were throwing vapor trails left and right, which made for some pretty cool opportunities, like the one above.

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The Plane! the Plane!  2015 Sea and Sky Spectacular

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Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – Air and Space Annex

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It’s now been exactly a month since we visited the Air and Space Annex in Dulles, VA, on our way home from New England.  This was our first visit to the annex, and I must say, it was impressive.  Unlike the main museum, the annex is spacious and wide open, with not just small aircraft, but very large examples of aviation milestones.  From the Enola Gay – (the B-29 that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb in combat – shown below, to the Dash-80 (the prototype for the Boeing 707 which introduced the jet engine to commercial flight), you could walk around and on the catwalks above the aircraft to see them from virtually any perspective.

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We visited the Annex after spending a few last hours at Gettysburg and the contrast between that battle and the impact of just one aircraft, the Enola Gay, was sobering.  In 1863, it took three days, 170,000 men and an unimaginable number of mini balls and artillery shells to kill less than 10,000.  82 years later, it took one aircraft, with one bomb, just a few seconds to kill an estimated 50,000 people.  What a stunning change in less than a century.

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On a more uplifting note, we can make another comparison with the space program.  in 1903, powered flight had yet to be achieved, most people were living on farms and the primary mode of transportation involved horses.  But in just 66 years, we had safely and successfully put men on the moon!  The 20th century, both good and bad, was an amazing time of innovation and progress.

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