I had heard bits about the museum -- it was big, it was nice, it was free... all good reasons to go. Turns out we can see the museum from the entrance to our neighborhood, it's THAT close. About a 5 minute drive.
And yes, it is FREE. For everybody, not just military people. That also explains why there was nearly no parking close to the building.
Anyway, we got a late start so the kids ate their packed lunch in the air conditioned car before we went inside.
|outside at the memorial garden on our walk to the museum|
I will just say now that we were there for over 2 hours and only saw (maybe) a third of what there was to see -- probably less. And I wasn't stopping to look and read about all the amazing things they had on display!
Lana liked a blue and yellow plane best (a Boeing P-26 Peashooter replica). Will's favorite was an old Model-T Ford that had been turned into an ambulance for WWI. I told him it did not use keys and pointed out the crank. He was just amazed it didn't require keys!
|the kids next to the old Model-T Ambulance|
|Interesting story on this plane, a Douglas O-38: it crashed in Alaska and after almost 30 years it was recovered and then meticulously restored and placed on display. Believed to be the only remaining model.|
|actual concentration camp uniform worn in Buchenwald|
|Will checking out the Women in Flight display|
My favorite piece was probably the 80 specially engraved silver goblets for the Doolittle Raid men. When the surviving Raiders meet up at their annual reunion they hold a private ceremony and toast their comrades who passed in the last year. Cups still upright are the living members (only 5).
Oh... and I found out at AFIT spouses orientation --- Ryan's graduation, just under 2 years from now, is to be held IN the museum! How cool is that?!?!