The Museum of Aviation Foundation Needs Your Help!

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.

An Outsider’s Perspective, Part 2: EOD Exhibit Unveiling

Note: Part 1 was published on August 3, 2012.

The ceremony on June 18, 2012 was two-fold.  The first part consisted of decorating Technical Sergeant Barry R. Duffield for his bravery on the Explosives Ordnance Disposal Team of the 116th Air Control Wing’s EOD Flight while in Afghanistan.  However, the unveiling of the Explosive Ordnance Exhibit took the lead for the latter part of the ceremony.

This wasn’t your typical unveiling of a new exhibit, mind you.  This exhibit was curated by three Northside High School students, and one of the artifacts is a uniform worn by Tech. Sgt. Duffield.  See why the two ceremonies were combined?

The exhibit reveals the responsibilities of 116th Air Control Wing’s EOD Flight, which is stationed at Robins Air Force Base, home of the Museum of Aviation.  Included within the exhibit are equipment, uniforms of the 116th troops, a bomb suit, munitions training aids, and a robot, as well as photos.  A video within the exhibit details what it takes to be an EOD specialist, and how viewers can become a part of an EOD Flight.  The display also includes an information plaque on the students who curated the exhibit.

The three students, Wesley Paskett, Jaikel “Jay” Robinson, and Keynan Callum were present at the ceremony, as were two of Northside High School’s faculty members, Kim Stewart and John Gravely.  Again, Major General James B. Butterworth, Adjutant General of Georgia, introduced the students.  If pictures are worth a thousand words, videos must accrue millions more.  So, why I am I writing about it?  Check out this video for yourself!

For more videos, check out the following links!

~Allison L. Boutwell

An Outsider’s Perspective, Part 1: Bronze Star Ceremony

While I am a New Media volunteer for the Museum of Aviation, I still consider myself an outsider, especially in light of the ceremonies that take place at the museum.  I have never dealt directly with the ceremonies, never set up, assisted, nothing.  In fact, I avoided them so as to not be a distraction while on the grounds…until recently.

Mike Rowland, Curator at the Museum of Aviation, recently strongly suggested that I attend the Bronze Star Ceremony (for bravery in military service) of Tech Sergeant Barry R. Duffield.  I took his advice, much to my knowledge’s delight!  Having never attended a military ceremony at all, I was in awe the entire time.

Tech. Sgt. Barry Duffield, while serving as an explosive ordnance disposal team leader in Afghanistan during a six-month period from 2011 to 2012

The standards to which the Air Force servicemen and women in the audience conducted themselves impressed me.  Their posture was incredibly straight, and they stood faster than anyone.  At one point, everyone stood without a cue from the speaker.  The surprise of having to stand and the agility with which the Air Force men and women in front of me stood nearly made me jump!

The ceremony was very patriotic, from the arrival of the official party – a ceremonious entrance of Tech Sgt. Duffield and other dignitaries – to the presentation of the colors, and the singing of the National Anthem.  Everything was rigid, but proud, authoritative, and patriotically weighty!  There was seriousness about the ceremony that commanded respect for the recipient, the dignitaries, the Air Force, even the U.S. and its military.

On top of all this, Major General James B. Butterworth, the Adjutant General of Georgia, was the presiding officer.  Talk about an esteemed guest!  He spoke a couple of times, and decorated Tech Sgt. Duffield, pinning the star upon Duffield’s lapel.

Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Georgia National Guard adjutant general, presents a certificate to accompany the Bronze Star Medal to Tech. Sgt. Barry Duffield, 116th Civil Engineering Squadron explosive ordnance technician, during a ceremony at the Museum of Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., June 18, 2012. Duffield received the medal, his 2nd, for his achievements while serving as an explosive ordnance disposal team leader in Afghanistan during a six-month period from 2011 to 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

But no Air Force ceremony is complete without the enthusiastic hoorah of the singing of The Air Force Song!  That in itself was incredible to hear.  In a room of about 150 people, you felt like you were in the midst of a strong choir!  Again, the service men and women stood their ground and stood out, singing vociferously so that I could pick out individual voices of people with their backs turned to me.

I arrived at the ceremony in awe, and I departed in awe.  There is nothing like witnessing a military man receiving a prestigious award for bravery.  If you ever have a chance to attend one of these ceremonies, I highly recommend it!

John Harley, Centerville, Ga., mayor, congratulates Tech. Sgt. Barry Duffield, 116th Civil Engineering Squadron explosive ordnance technician, during a ceremony where Duffield received the Bronze Star Medal while Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Georgia National Guard adjutant general, looks on at the Museum of Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., June 18, 2012. Butterworth presented Duffield the medal, his 2nd, for his achievements while serving as an explosive ordnance disposal team leader in Afghanistan during a six-month period from 2011 to 2012. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released)

~Allison L. Boutwell

Everyone Has an Eagle Story

A few weeks back I stood under an unusually cool but very beautiful sunny April sky and listened as Ms. Julie Praiss, Vice President, Tactical Aircraft and Weapons Systems (Sustainment) at Boeing talked about the F-15E Strike Eagle model that the company had just donated to the Museum. Ms. Praiss talked about what the F-15 has meant to so many people, including pilots who fly them, people who maintain them and museums that display them. One thing in particular that she said stood out to me however: She said that “everyone has an Eagle story.”

Boeing Company, Museum of Aviation and RAFB officials cut a ribbon Monday for an F-15 model donated by the Boeing Company to the Museum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sue Sapp)

As the dedication ceremony ended and people headed their separate directions, I heard a distinct rumble in the distance. A short distance away an F-15 took to the skies over Robins Air Force Base, climbing vertically into the bright Georgia sky.  As I watched and listened to the Eagle climb, I thought about my own Eagle story. I grew up just northeast of Robins Air Force Base and was born in 1980, shortly after the Eagle first came here. For over 30 years now the F-15 has been a regular sight in the skies over and around Robins Air Force Base as they come here for depot maintenance.

RAFB workers pose with the F-15E they repaired following damage from a birdstrike. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sue Sapp)

The collective “Eagle story” of Robins Air Force Bases and the surrounding area is one of maintenance and support for the F-15 community. Mine is one of admiring the loud jets flying overhead daily when I was a child and growing up to appreciate the amount of sacrifice it takes to keep them in the sky. Everyone has an “Eagle story”, what is yours?

– Arthur Sullivan, Assistant Curator