Tickets Available Now to Win $30,000 or a New Vehicle in the Museum of Aviation Foundation
Auction, Raffle and Taste of Local Cuisine
Tickets are available now for the 2013 Museum of Aviation Foundation Auction, Raffle and Taste of Local Cuisine on Saturday, July 13. The first place winner of the raffle will win a choice of $30,000 cash or a brand new car or truck from a Warner Robins automobile dealer. Cars to choose from this year are:
The large annual social event in the Century of Flight Hangar features hundreds of items up for bid in a silent auction starting at 6:30 pm and favorite food selections at 7:00 pm from 30 Middle Georgia restaurants and caterers. The “paddles up” live auction of 30 large items begins at 8. Items include furniture, jewelry, furs, appliances, paintings, vacation getaways and all kinds of merchandise for men, women and children.
- 2014 Ford Mustang from Five Star Ford
- 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT RS from Five Star Chevrolet
- 2013 Toyota Avalon from Lowe Toyota
- 2013 KIA Optima SXL from Jeff Smith KIA
- 2013 Dodge RAM Crew Cab ST from Jeff Smith Dodge
- 2013 Honda Accord EXL V-6 from Hughes Honda
Early ticket buyers can win several pre raffle bonus drawings for $250 gas or lunch money, an iPad and a kindle fire and still remain eligible for the big drawings on July 13. The second place winner on July 13 will take home $3,000 cash and third place pays $1,000. A large cash 50/50 drawing will also be held.
A $100 ticket admits two people into the event and a chance to win in all pre-raffle and raffle-night drawings. To buy tickets,
CLICK HERE or call (478) 923-6600.
Northside High School Students Working
on 413th Flight Test Group Exhibit at Museum of Aviation
Three North Side High School seniors are curating an exhibit at the Museum of Aviation on the 413th Flight Test Group at Robins Air Force Base. The students are working at the museum as for their Humanities course PIE (Professional Interest Exploration) program.
Pamela Hamilton, Katie Ecklund, and Kyle Baker come to the museum for about one and a half hours a day, two days a week. When the exhibit opens on Friday May 10th, they will have spent over 40 hours at the museum.
The exhibit will fill a case on the second floor of the Eagle Building near the entrance to the Robert L. Scott “God is My Co-Pilot” Exhibit. The exhibit will use photos, video, text, and three dimensional objects to explain the mission of the 413th Flight Test Group.
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Northside High School Students Help Museum of Aviation
Win USAF Award
A Museum of Aviation exhibit that three Northside High School seniors worked on last year has won the 2013 Air Force Heritage Award. The students - Wesley Paskett, Jaikel “Jay” Robinson, and Keynan Callum - helped Museum officials put together an exhibit on Explosive Ordnance Disposal as part of their Humanities Course Professional Interest Exploration (PIE) program. They spent over 40 hours at the Museum over several weeks last year researching the subject, gathering photos, writing information and interviewing EOD specialists at Robins Air Force Base. They even took part in a live EOD exercise which was videotaped and is shown on a TV monitor in the exhibit. .
The award recognizes “outstanding accomplishments by Air Force History and Museum personnel that foster a better understanding and appreciation of the Air Force, its history and accomplishments.” It was one of only four Heritage Awards presented throughout the entire U.S. Air Force – one other going to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Coincidentally, three more Northside High School students worked together on another exhibit at the Museum this year that will open this Friday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. Pamela Hamilton, Katie Ecklund, and Kyle Baker helped build an exhibit to explain the mission of the 413th Flight Test Group at Robins Air Force Base. The exhibit will be unveiled on the second floor of the Eagle Building in front of students and teachers from Northside.
The EOD exhibit fills a large case on the second floor of the Eagle Building near the elevator and includes an 800-pound robot, a bomb suit, uniforms worn by members of the 116th Air Control Wing’s EOD Flight, and munitions training aids.
EOD specialists have played a crucial role in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Disposing of an explosive—blowing it up in a controlled fashion—is highly technical work and EOD specialists are superbly trained to do it safely. However, it is dangerous and EOD specialists risk their lives to protect lives and property. The student’s exhibit helps the museum share this important story with the community.
Top Picture: Museum of Aviation Assistant Curator Arthur Sullivan (left) talks with Northside High School seniors (left to right) Jay Robinson, Wesley Paskett, and Keynan Callum about placement of munitions training aids inside the exhibit case.
SR-71 Blackbird Elevated at the Museum of Aviation
The Museum of Aviation’s SR-71 Blackbird was recently elevated into a nose-up “take off’ position in the Century of Flight Hangar. A combined team of Robins Air Force Base aircraft crash recovery personnel completed an annual exercise April 5th and 6th to raise the aircraft’s front landing gear seven feet off the hangar floor and the rear landing gear four feet high. Several large rubber bladders inflated by 100 hoses were used to elevate the fuselage and put the aircraft on three sturdy steel pedestals.
The elevation was the culmination of over two years of planning and engineering to lift the 68,000 pound aircraft. Robins Air Force Base engineers designed the pedestals which were constructed by welders from the 116th and 461st Maintenance Groups on Robins AFB. Thirty personnel were involved in the exercise from the 402nd Maintenance Group, the 116th and 461st Maintenance Squadrons, Robins AFB Safety, and the Museum of Aviation Aircraft Restoration Team.
“The project has placed new emphasis on the SR-71,” said Museum Director Ken Emery, “and has given us more space under the aircraft for hangar events and will allow us to bring in a few aircraft from the brutal outside weather.”
The high flying reconnaissance aircraft set a world speed record in 1976 of 2,193 mph which still stands today.
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