Meet the Volunteers: Linda and Ariel volunteer in Hangar One (the Vietnam Hangar) every Wednesday.
Where are you from?
Linda – I was born in Arkansas, my father and husband are both military, but I call Georgia home now.
Ariel – Southern Indiana.
How long have you been volunteering at the Museum of Aviation?
Linda – Close to four years.
Ariel – Close to a year, I started last September.
What made you decide to begin volunteering here at the Museum?
Linda – I’ve always been close to the military and my husband was a mechanic in the Air Force so I’ve always been interested. I also like people!
Ariel – I am an anthropology major and I hope to work in museums after I graduate. I wanted to gain experience and be more involved in the community.
What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Linda – The people! Meeting different and interesting folks.
Ariel – All the people I meet coming in, especially the Veterans. Also working with Mrs Linda…she’s a hoot!
Do you have a favorite plane here?
Linda – F-15 because my husband used to work on it. They’re very pretty airplanes.
Ariel – SR-71 [Blackbird]. Its so cool; its humongous!
What is an unusual or unexpected thing that has happened to you while volunteering?
Linda – A big black snake came out in front of the Vietnam Hangar while we were volunteering one day.
Ariel – When I first worked here I was interested in the veterans who come in and tell their stories, I didn’t expect them to share so many. I think its important to be the receiver of those stories.
What are some of your hobbies?
Linda – I like to read, I love music almost any kind.
Ariel – I am an avid reader, I read at least two books a week. I’m a major history buff.