Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
By Mike Rowland, Museum of Aviation Curator
When I was a boy, I enjoyed reading about world records. There was something fascinating to me about achievements that were the best in the world. Years later, I find myself reflecting on the museum’s SR-71 Blackbird, serial number 61-7958, holder for 38 years today of the world absolute speed record for airplanes.
On 28 July 1976, pilot Eldon W. Joersz and reconnaissance systems officer (RSO) George T. Morgan, Jr. blasted through the sky over Edwards Air Force Base, California, in SR-71 958. Their flight plan involved passing a timing gate, flying a straight course of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles), passing a second timing gate, turning around, and flying back over the course. The average speed of the two passes was an amazing 2,193.167 miles (3,529.56 kilometers) per hour, which was ratified by the World Air Sports Federation, the international organization that governs world aviation records. Other airplanes may have gone faster, but 958 has the top spot in the record book.
How fast is 2,193 miles per hour? That’s 36.55 miles per minute or 3,216.4 feet per second. That’s faster than a bullet shot from the classic M1 Garand rifle of World War II fame. When a bullet left the M1’s muzzle, it was going 2,800 feet per second. If it were possible to put the two in the air together at speed, 958 would have blasted by an M1’s bullet at 400 feet per second or over 270 miles per hour.
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Reservists Renew Bond with Desert Storm AC-130A Gunship
It's been more than 23 years since Maj. Gen. Richard S. "Beef" Haddad and his copilot, Col. Randall Bright, flew No. 55-0014 on a combat mission over the "Highway of Death."
On June 12, they boarded the AC-130A gunship again - this time at the Museum of Aviation where the aircraft is on display for the public to see.
"It was an exciting time for me and the other members of my crew," said Haddad, vice commander of Air Force Reserve Command at Robins AFB, commenting on his mission in February 1991.
"That experience helped me go to war in the future as we went to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom," he said. "It helped in terms of realizing the risks, and what it was like to be a crew member going into that kind of environment."
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Photo: Maj. Gen. Richard S. “Beef” Haddad, left, and Col. Randall Bright get reacquainted with the cockpit of No. 55-0014, the AC-130A gunship they flew in combat in February 1991.
Georgia Kids Invited to Museum of Aviation August 16 for Georgia Kids Stem Day
Second-through fifth grade students are invited to attend Georgia Kids STEM Day on Saturday, August 16 at the Museum of Aviation. The day full of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm is being put on by the National STEM Academy at the Museum. The cost is $30 per student and includes lunch and activity supplies.
The event will be held in the Century of Flight Hangar and will include special time with STEM Career Mentors. Several types of engineers, as well as medical and other STEM professionals will be at the museum to share their STEM career and tools of the trade. Students rotate through four STEM workshops which will include Electronics, Robotics, Rocketry and 3D Dissections. Sponsors for this special event are Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and the Peyton Anderson Foundation. Pre-registration is required and students may attend as individuals or as a group. To register or for more information please contact Valerie Myers at (478) 222-7580 or email@example.com.
Photo: Georgia Kids STEM Day will be held at the Museum of Aviation on Saturday August 16. STEM Career Mentors will be on hand to talk to second-fifth graders.
Museum of Aviation Welcomes Visitors
to Its D-Day Exhibit
The Museum of Aviation is inviting visitors to come to the Museum to walk through its D-Day exhibit which opened to the public in 2008. The interactive exhibit tells the story of the 507th parachute infantry regiment, the 61st and 442nd Troop Carrier Groups that ferried them to Normandy and the 325th Glider Regiment that fought alongside them.
The exhibit includes a recreation of the planning room used by General Eisenhower and leaders of the allied forces, an actual C-47 aircraft fuselage with its skin cutaway to see paratroopers ready to drop into France, a room full of artifacts from D-Day and a small theater which shows two films: a documentary on the 507th and an award winning special 20-minute dramatic film created for the Museum of Aviation called “Papa Said – We Should Never Forget.”
13WMAZ interviewed Jim Micko of Bonaire. Micko reenacts the parachute jump in France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. To view, CLICK HERE.