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United States Air Force Museum –
Place — United States Air Force
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, Ohio 45433
USAF Museum web site
The museum's entrance is located off
Springfield Pike at historic Wright Field (Gate 28B), approximately
six miles northeast of Dayton, Ohioio.
The United States Air Force Museum is the
world's largest and oldest military aviation museum. It is free to
the public, though picture id is required to enter. You should also
wear a good pair of walking shoes. What a glorious collection of
aircraft, war memorabilia, historical accounts & displays one
never hears in school, stored in 5 huge Galleries all connected by
hallways. Tom and I were in hog heaven! It is one of the most
complete exhibits we saw on this trip. Learned about events I
didn't know too much about; Just knew bits and pieces of what
Gallery: Early Military flight to the beginning of WW2.
Lots of planes from the 20s and 30s.
Gallery: Lots of WW2 planes, photos & exhibits of a
variety of occurrences, including the The story of the Philippine
Death March, life in a POW camp, The Flying Tigers story, uniforms
of all the services, heroes, and campaigns, and other artifacts too
numerous to mention.
Gallery: Covers Korean War and Southeast Asia — Each
era in its own hangar, divided by a hallway. Many planes and
helicopters, stories of events and occurrences, like the hard life
experienced by our POW pilots at the hands of the North Koreans,
etc. are in the exhibits on display. Saw my first B-52 bomber up
The Cold War
Gallery: Another 2 hangar setup with all the planes used
by the Air Force in that era. "Exhibits reveal how technological
achievements of the era led to the advanced systems being applied
in modern combat. The gallery's aircraft collection presents a
broad range of platforms, such as fighters, long-range bombers,
attack aircraft, reconnaissance, heavy airlift and trainers. Modern
aircraft on display include the world's only permanent public
display of a B-2 stealth bomber."
Also of interest as you walk into the area,
is a section of the Berlin Wall on display.
Missile & Space
Gallery: The highlight for me was to see the Challenger
Space Shuttle on display. Didn't realize HOW BIG it is. Some space
modules used in one of Apollo series was also here, along with
various missiles etc.
As freedom is not free, many brave men and
women gave their lives in defending it, paying the ultimate price,
throughout the years. It should be no surprise that some of the
planes, exhibits and artifacts have attracted the entities of the
people who met their death serving in hazardous conditions, or
being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The planes, artifacts and personal items of
the deceased have attracted their spirits, as reported by the
museum's evening staff.
KNOWN HAUNTED AIRCRAFT:
Click on the links below to read the whole
WW 2 Planes
B24 Liberator — "The Strawberry Bitch"
B24 Liberator — "Lady Be Good"
B-29 Bomber — "Bockscar"
Helicopter H-19A — "Hop-Along"
Medical EVAC and Rescue Helicopter —
"The Black Maria"
Fiddler's Green.net paper models – B-24 Liberator * Paranormal Travel Guide (Ohio) on Haunted-Places.com * The Lady-Be-Good Tragedy on B-29s-Over-Korea.com * The USAF museum on Forgotten-Ohio.com * Boeing B-29 Superfortress on Warbirdalley.com * USAF museum web site * "Lady Be Good" B-24 Bomber page on US Army Quartermaster Foundation Graves Registration Search and Recovery web site