Chamber to Recognize 2013 Leadership Class
for Getting New Gate Sign for Museum of Aviation
The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a ceremony in front of the Museum of Aviation Monday, August 18 at 9:30 am to recognize the work of the 2013 Leadership Robins Region Class in getting a new main gate sign for the Museum. According to Lisa Fruge-Cirilli, who spearheaded the project, the 2013 Leadership Robins Region Class comprised of 12 business leaders completed a project “to satisfy a need in the community that was currently not being met. The class decided to provide a new entrance sign to the Warner Robins ‘Crown Jewel’ -- The Museum of Aviation -- for the community and all visitors to enjoy.”
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 Chamber President Steve Williams will serve as master of ceremonies for the ceremony which will take place by the new sign on Highway 247. Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms, Museum of Aviation Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Tom McMichael and 78th Air Base Wing Commander Colonel Chris Hill will take part in the ceremony. Refreshments will be served in the Museum Eagle Building following the ceremony.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.