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Museum of Aviation Foundation Wish Lists!

The Museum of Aviation Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the Museum of Aviation and provides education programs to visitors and schools.  As a nonprofit, we are always in need of volunteers and in-kind donations.  

If you are interested in helping, you can learn more about how you can help the Museum of Aviation Foundation below or by clicking here.

Wishlist

Education Wish List: 

  • On July 25, 2016, the Education Center began demolition on our 3rd-5th grade, ACE classroom!  We are looking for donors and sponsors to help with the new renovations and updates.  We will need new tables, funding for upgrading the lighting and the walls, manual labor, and a few other things.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Valerie Myers in the Education Center.  
  • General Supplies for all classes and workshops: *Items in bold are in high demand
    • Legal Pads
    • Copy Paper
    • HP61 Ink & HP128 Toner
    • Pens & Pencils
    • Washable Markers
    • Binder Clips (All sizes)
    • Used ink cartridges (not toner) for our recycling program
    • Sponsors for our Educator Resource Kits for STEM support throughout our community
      • The kits will be free for educators and community mentors to check out for use in the classroom and during any STEM event!  Sponsors will have their name and logo proudly displayed on each kit!
    • Sponsors for our Digital Displays to help us cut back on paper!
      • Email Valerie Myers for a complete wish list: vgill@museumofaviation.org

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Museum of Aviation is looking for individuals who would like to spend four hours each week working as a volunteer in the exciting atmosphere of U.S. Air Force Aviation History.

Each exhibit building has a visitor desk where volunteers welcome and greet the visitors in the Museum. The volunteers are there to assist visitors any way necessary. They also walk the floors of the Museum while visitors are present to help keep an eye on exhibits and see to the needs of the visitors.

Volunteer shifts that are needed:

  • Saturday mornings (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Sunday mornings (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Tuesday afternoons (1:00 – 5:00 pm)
  • Thursday afternoons (1:00 – 5:00 pm)

For more information contact Dan Hart, Volunteer Program Administrator at 926-4242 or email dan.hart@museumofaviation.org.

B-17 Wish List:

We Currently Need Funding For:

De-paint                     Cradle for     

$2,500                     Restoration                                  $1,500

 

Oxygen Tanks        Exterior Lights

$150 each                $50 each

Contact Christin McFarland at

c.mcfarland@museumofaviation.org

for all B-17 Donations.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, an Honest Review

Dinner theatre is not my thing.  I can’t say that I have ever wanted to go to one.  I have been to the ballet.  Hated it.  Yes, I can recognize the artistic merit of live theatre, ballet, and poetry readings, but that is not where I would choose to be; especially not on a Friday night.  So, when my best friend, whose birthday was coming up, called me on Monday and said, “let’s go to the theatre”, I was not thrilled.  However, since she is an absolute angel of a person, and I was at a loss as to what to get her this year, I said sure.

When Friday arrived, I steeled myself for the agony that I knew was coming.  I met her at the Museum, and went into Hangar 1 ready to be bored for the next two hours.  When we were seated, I noticed that there were people in ugly sweaters everywhere.  Some were ugly, some were just hysterically funny. If nothing else, I thought that I could at least get a good giggle out of what others were wearing.

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As we waited for dinner to be served, the actors went to each table telling lies and spreading rumors.  When they came to our table, they asked what department we worked in. So, unsure of what to say,  we quickly said Research and Development, hoping that was an appropriate answer.  As the actors continued to make their rounds, we quickly found that Wendy was the most hated person in the office, and that the janitor would make Jason Bourne’s skill set seem tame.

During dinner we chatted with our table mates about kids, date nights, dogs, and the joys of homework. Dinner was tasty, but the dessert was fantastic.  I really wanted to snag the one that was sitting at the empty seat next to my friend, but thought better of it.  While we ate, the cast continued to make their rounds, trying to get the audience as wrapped up in the act as they could.  Then the real show started.  The actors interacted with the audience as if they were truly employees of company.  Pink slips were given, accusations made, and secret lovers revealed.  I was enthralled.  By the end of the first half hour, I was laughing out loud.  By the end of the show, I was ready for the one coming in May.  So, while I am still not big into theatre, I am definitely into this one.

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Cast and directors of Ho Ho Homicide

By: Christin McFarland

Restoration at the Museum

During the past year, the Museum’s Restoration team has accomplished much, and have done so without incident.  This was brought to light last month when Museum Director Ken Emery, along with the Restoration team, were honored to receive the Team Robins Safe Site Award.  This award signifies that they provide a safe work environment that meets all RAFB standards.  This award was earned during a heavy maintenance time, and is a testament to the team keeping safety in mind.

In Restoration news, the Museum has recently acquired a T-34 Trainer.  Once used at the Aero Club at Robins AFB, it is now in the maintenance shop to be restored before going on exhibit.  This aircraft is just one of many under restoration at the Museum.  Our B-17 Flying Fortress has been de-painted, the vertical stabilizer has been completed, and the tail section has been placed with the front fuselage in the WWII hangar.  Also in WWII is the HU-16 Albatross.  Our volunteers have been working on the interior of the aircraft and the engines to get them display ready.  You can hear their progress each Saturday morning as the team spends their day sprucing up the Albatross.

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Volunteer Aaron Robinson, along with General Rick Goddard (USAF Ret.), have made significant progress on the F-100 Super Sabre over the past year.  Located in the rear of WWII, the Super Sabre now has its wings attached, ailerons, instrument panel, and new glass in the cockpit.  The Museum is hoping to have this aircraft completed by next Spring, so keep an eye on your inbox and our Facebook page for more details.

In addition to the Trainer, B-17, F-100, and Albatross, the team has also been at work cleaning  aircraft in preparation for paint.  The B-1 Bomber, located at the front of the Museum, has been pressure washed, and is almost ready for a new paint job.  Outdoor aircraft need to be painted to keep them from deteriorating.

At the end of October, Restoration was tasked with moving aircraft and exhibits from the Century of Flight building.  This move was necessary as the main floor is being restored, and should be completed by the beginning of December.  Until then, larger aircraft will be located behind Century of Flight, and the P-51 Mustang will be in the WWII hangar.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all Restoration news and updates.

Coming Up at the Museum

If you loved our Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in February, don’t miss

HO HO Homicide beginning November 4th.

Click the photo for more information on Ho Ho Homicide

Planes and Trains begins November 18th, and will be in the Eagle Building Rotunda.

 

Click the photo for more information on Planes and Trains

For more information on these events, as well as a full event schedule, including all Education Workshops and Labs, click here!

Annual Fund Donations

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The Annual Fund Drive supports the Museum of Aviation Foundation through unrestricted funding, and is the catalyst of our larger fundraising efforts.   Your investment will be applied towards our dual mission of growing world-class Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) based programing for school-aged children and important restoration efforts that meticulously preserve our nation’s military history. A gift of any size is welcome and sincerely appreciated. Recognition will be given to the donor in our annual report.  All donations are tax-deductible.

ANNUAL FUND GIVING LEVELS

$10,000 & Up – Diamond Flight

$5,000 – $9,999 – Platinum Flight

$2,500 – $4,999 – Gold Flight

$1,000 – $2,499 – Silver Flight

$500 – $999 – Bronze Flight

$1 – $499 – Benefactor

 

 

Events in Review

The past two months have been busy at the Museum.  In September the Museum of Aviation Foundation held our yearly National Board Meeting, 6th annual NASA STEM Conference, and 27th annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament.  The National Board Meeting brought fresh ideas for growth at the Museum, and presented volunteer Gene Doyle with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

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Volunteer of the Year Gene Doyle

Our NASA STEM Conference, held on September 10th, welcomed Denise Coleman of NASA’s Education Projects Division, and award winning children’s author  Kevin Kurtz.  This conference featured STEM presentations and hands-on activities by NASA Education Specialists and NASA Education Program Members.  Teachers were able to learn new ways to infuse NASA STEM Education into their classrooms, receive NASA STEM resources, network with Georgia educators.  During the conference our Education department presented the Teacher of the Year Awards for elementary and middle school. 

Congratulations to Stacy Brown and Brian Soash!

September wrapped up with our annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament.  The two-day tournament is the largest golf outing in Middle Georgia and is made up of three separate rounds with separate prizes for each round.   Golfers enjoy a commemorative golf shirt, a Thursday night traditional “Plantation Supper,” breakfast and luncheon buffets, and a barbecue awards dinner on Friday evening.

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Setup for the Plantation Supper

 

The Museum rolled into October with our annual Wings & Wheels Car, Truck, and Motorcycle show.  Wings & Wheels, along with our Poker Run, is a fun community event that benefits the B-17 Flying Fortress restoration.

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Mid October brought out some scary fun with Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail, featuring “The Attic”.  This year our expanded trail gave visitors a scare like no other.  With the addition of the Attic, formerly of Perry’s Haunted Barn, visitors were treated to twice the fright.

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On Saturday, October 22nd, guests had the opportunity to win a television or audio equipment from Ken’s Audio Video.  The winner of the television was Jon, one of our younger visitors from the nightly toned down time.  We also had competitors from B 95.1 vying for Adele concert tickets.  Thank you to our volunteers for giving our guests something to scream about.

Thank You to Our Donors

Thank you to our donors for the 2016 Wings & Wheels Car, Truck, & Motorcycle show:

FLYING FORTRESS SPONSORS

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CHALLENGER SPONSORS

Anchor Glass

Geico Local Office

Goo Goo Express WashGoo Goo Express Wash

Hollands Collision

Hughes

Michael E. Clark & Associates

Perry Brothers Aviation Fuels

Randy’s Collision Repair

Steak & Shake of Warner Robins

Tuff Trucks Warner Robins

Walmart on Booth Road & Watson Blvd.

TEXAN SPONSORS

Thank you to those who donated to our restoration effort, educational programs, and those who helped us prepare for Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail.

Bradford Partners

Clean Control Corporation

Cox Communications

Helen Owens

Roxie Gill

Debra Pike

Wayne Barfield

Ray Mitchell

Jennifer Jackson

Gary Rutke

Galai English

Candace Totty

David French

Robert Guest

Mercer University

McCullough Funeral Home

Warner Robins Supply

The SR-71

By: Michael Cashman

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On July 30th 2016, the Museum of Aviation celebrated “Blackbird Day”.  14 former aircrew and maintenance members were made available to the general public for an exciting tell-all-facts celebration.  As a flight sim instructor, I was thrilled to have retired LtCol George Morgan sit in the cockpit of one of my simulators and fly an SR-71 again.  He had broken the world speed record, 2193.167 mph, 40 years earlier.

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When you first see a Blackbird, you realize its size.  It’s big, it’s really big.  What’s really amazing is this behemoth airframe only carries two crew members.  It carries no bombs, missiles or guns.  Therefore, nearly the entire airframe serves as a giant fuel tank for the two thirsty Pratt and Whitney J58 engines.   Each engine produced 32,500 lbs of thrust.  That’s about 10,000lbs of thrust more than the total thrust produced by the Apollo Command Module.

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The first Blackbird prototype flew in 1962 and the last flight was in 1999.  In those 37 years, this aircraft has strengthened our national intelligence gathering and inspired current and future engineers, pilots and operators to push the envelope of what manned flight is capable of.  If Lockheed Skunk Works was capable of building a Mach 3 aircraft with ‘50s technology, then what capabilities should we have for today or the future?

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You can read more about the SR-71 and other Blackbird variants: http://museumofaviation.org/moaMain/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SR71-Educator-Guide.pdf