Museum of Aviation Foundation
Invites Runners and Walkers
to 2014 Races on Robins Air Force Base
The Eighteenth Annual Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk will be held at the Museum of Aviation on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The races are sponsored by the Museum of Aviation Foundation and the Robins Pacers Running/Walking Club. The three races to be run on Robins Air Force Base next to the Museum of Aviation are part of the 2014 Run & See Georgia Grand Prix Series. Proceeds from the growing annual event benefit the Museum of Aviation, one of the largest education-focused aviation museums in the country.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers in each race. First place gets $250, second place $150 and third place $100. Trophies are also awarded to the overall top three male and female finishers in each race; the overall top three male and female masters in each race; the top active duty military male and female in the marathon; and the top three finishers in fourteen different age categories.
Disposable electronic chip timing will be used for all races. The start time for the Marathon is 8:00 am (6 hour cutoff). The Half-Marathon will start at 8:15 am and the 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:30 am. Patriotic opening ceremonies will be held in the Century of Flight Hangar.
For more information, CLICK HERE
Museum WWII Volunteer Gets A P-51 Ride and Appearing in
Christmas Parades this Weekend
The Museum of Aviation’s high-time volunteer, Frank Cross, got his thrill ride November 2, on a fighter plane he once flew in combat over sixty years ago. Frank took the back-seat stick of a P-51 that came to the Perry Airport along with a B-17 and a B-24.
Frank will get another ride in the Museum of Aviation Foundation truck in the Warner Robins, Perry and Macon Christmas Parades this weekend, December 7th and 8th.
Frank, a spry 92 years young, still volunteers at the Museum on Wednesday afternoons. He is the last of the “charter” volunteers that were there the day the Museum opened in November 1984. He has a record of more than 15,000 volunteer hours.
Frank’s history was recounted in a great article written by Telegraph writer Wayne Crenshaw back in December 2012. CLICK HERE for the article.
Visitor Sits in the Museum's B-29 bomber
James Money from Box Springs, Georgia visited the Museum of Aviation November 21 and sat in the Museum’s B-29 bomber – the type aircraft he flew on 60 years ago during the Korean War. Money, a 20-year Air Force veteran, served as a B-29 Crew Chief from 1951 to 1953. After the war he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant as a missile maintenance technician in the Atlas and Titan II missile programs until 1970
Museum of Aviation Foundation and Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame Plans for Winter Wonderfest in February
The Museum of Aviation Foundation and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame will be presenting our first Winter Wonderfest the weekend of Febuary 7-9. Come see the exhibits at the Museum of Aviation come to life on Friday, February 7 with the Night at the Museum from 6 – 8 pm. Following the Night at the Museum, we will be presenting our first Murder Mystery Dinner Theater from 8 – 10 pm. Become a real crime solver with this interactive western themed murder mystery experience which includes a buffet style dinner and great entertainment. The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will also run on February 14 - 16.
For more information, CLICK HERE
Mike Rowland, Museum of Aviation Curator, Has A New Favorite Airplane: The C-140 JetStar
People sometimes ask me to name my favorite airplane. My answer is usually the one I’m learning the most about at the time. What that means is my favorite airplane tends to change. Right now, it’s the Lockheed C-140 JetStar. I think the JetStar is an interesting and attractive airplane with a fascinating history.
Business jets are common today but the JetStar was the first jet designed and built specifically as an executive and VIP (“Very Important Person”) transport. It captured the fancy and imagination of many during the 1960s. George Haddaway, a pilot and publisher of Flight Magazine said, “This plane makes me want to be 19 again and just starting to fly.” Robert Fowler, editor of the Cobb County Times in Marietta, Georgia, said, “A flight in the JetStar is an experience one must have if he is to realize fully what is in store for this Jet Age.”1
The prototype Jetstar flew for the first time on September 4, 1957. The JetStar’s engines were mounted on the rear fuselage in what was then an unconventional design. The two prototypes were built in Burbank,California, and had two engines. Production JetStars were built here in Georgia at the Lockheed plant in Marietta and had four engines. Lockheed-Georgia built just over 200 JetStars.
To read more of Mike's Favorite Plane, CLICK HERE