RQ-4A Global Hawk is back together
The RQ-4A Global Hawk is back together in one piece for the first time in years. It's temporary though. Museum restoration specialists mated the wing and fuselage so they can test fittings for the pedestal that is being constructed. The aircraft is currently inside the Scott Hangar. It will be permanently displayed on a pedestal in the Century of Flight Hangar.
Georgia Governor and First Lady
Visit the Museum of Aviation
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal visited the Museum of Aviation Education Department August 19 and met a group of Middle Georgia homeschool students attending a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering the Math) Class. Touring the Century of Flight Hangar, the Governor and Mrs. Deal also saw a 3-D Printer used in a STARBASE ROBINS Classroom, the Museum’s Air Traffic Control Classroom and the Mission Quest Flight Simulation Center. Museum of Aviation Foundation President Patrick M. Bartness and Museum Education Director Melissa Spalding conducted the tour of the education center and National STEM Academy which provides education programs for more than 50,000 students and teachers each year. The Governor was in Warner Robins for the ground breaking for a new veterans training center. The Governor’s group also included Georgia State Representative and House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal and Georgia State Representative Allen Peake.
The Governor and Mrs. Deal answered questions from several homeschool students. Mrs. Deal is the daughter of educators and has dedicated her life to encouraging childhood education. As a Georgia public school teacher, she taught for more than 15 years and retired as a sixth grade middle school teacher in Hall County. She has furthered those efforts in her role as Georgia’s First Lady, and promoting literacy has been one of her top priorities.
PHOTO: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, far right, and Mrs. Deal talk to a group of Homeschool students attending a STEM class at the Museum of Aviation.
Robins Regional Chamber Recognizes 2013 Leadership Class
for Getting New Gate Sign for Museum of Aviation
The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized the 2013 Leadership Robins Region Class August 18 by cutting a ribbon in front of the new Museum of Aviation Main Gate Sign. The class, comprised of 12 business leaders and led by Lisa Fruge-Cirilli, completed a project in 2013 “to satisfy a need in the community that was currently not being met,” according to Fruge-Cirilli. The class decided to provide a new entrance sign to the Museum of Aviation.
As a class, the participants sold racks of ribs on two separate occasions and sought personal contributions to fund their efforts. The fundraising efforts went so well that the class had additional funds to spend on doing a small amount of landscaping and a paint refresh on the existing playground equipment and were able to purchase a couple of new pieces for inside the Museum Compound.
Interim Robins Regional Chamber President Steve Williams served as master of ceremonies for the ceremony which included Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms, Museum of Aviation Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Tom McMichael, Museum of Aviation Foundation staff and 2013 Leadership Robins Region Class members.
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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Band of The West to Perform September 2
Outdoor Concert at
Museum of Aviation
Sky Country, a component of the United States Air Force Band of the West, will present a concert at The Museum of Aviation on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The performance is family-friendly and open to the public, free of charge. It will be held on the outdoor amphitheater or in the Century of Flight Hangar in the event of inclement weather. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.
Sky Country is the newest popular ensemble from the United States Air Force Band of the West stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX. Sky Country captivates audiences with their versatility, broad repertoire, and show-stopping energy. From classic and contemporary country music to R&B, Rock, and Jazz, Sky Country can do it all.
Sky Country’s broad musical capabilities allow them to share the Air Force story with a wide range of audiences throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. These highly skilled Airmen musicians have performed with some of today’s most popular country artists including Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson. For more information on the band, visit www.bandofthewest.af.mil or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bandofthewest.