6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Dayton, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana
Ohio, is the home of Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base, home of The Museum of The United States Air
Inside this free museum are some of the rarest
airplanes ever made and flown. Some are
extremely important historical artifacts. I've
wanted to see this place for a very long time!
pretty much skipped over the first 40 years of
aviation history, and went directly to the WWII
display. This very aircraft, B-29 Bockscar,
dropped the second nuclear bomb on Japan. This
aircraft is the last aircraft to drop a nuclear
weapon in anger. I got to see the first
nuclear B-29, the Enola Gay, in Washington a few
years ago, so I've now experienced both of the
aircraft that ended the Second World War.
Here is Predator B 001, the first Predator with a
turbine engine. I helped create this
display. I stopped to talk to the docents
underneath, and asked them if they had any questions
about this aircraft. One of them did wonder if
this was a prototype, as he had been told, and yes,
it was one of two prototypes.
My last B-36! There are only FOUR B-36
aircraft remaining intact in the world. I've
seen all four now. My first was at the Castle
Air Base Museum, near Mom and Dad's burial plots in
Atwater, CA. The second was in Tucson, at the
Pima Air & Space Museum. Number three was
at the Strategic Air Command Museum near Omaha,
Nebraska just a few days prior to this museum.
What an amazingly HUGE airplane this is!
to go with my last B-36, how about my FIRST
B-2???? Well, maybe my first COMPLETE
B-2! I worked on this airplane in the
mid-1980's, but never got to see one complete.
This took me as a total surprise, as I didn't know
there was a B-2 here. This particular airplane
never flew, as it was used for ground testing.
worked on the seals around the edge of this
door. I can't tell you what they are made
from, or how they are made.
is the command module from Apollo 15. My
distant cousin, Alfred Worden, stayed behind in this
capsule, orbiting the moon.
There it is, B-36 Number FOUR!
Air Force Museum at Dayton was really cool, but they
don't have any food there. I got hungry, and
left the museum after buying some souvenirs.
Heading West from there, I stopped at the
Indianapolis KOA Kampground, which was inexpensive,
and very nice!
Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
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