Monday, November 30, 2009

USAF Museum Series: Part 1

In lieu of my own flying tales, this post will serve as the first in a series. It's inspired by a request from blog reader Mr. Michael that he left in the comments earlier this month. Since I live all-but-next-door to the National Museum of the United States Air Force (technically speaking, though I and many others simply call it the Air Force Museum) he asked if I would be kind to visit and shoot some video. Considering that those of you reading this live all around the world, that's quite a reasonable request and I'm happy to oblige!

While today's post doesn't contain any video, I'm going to share two photos I've taken in prior visits to the museum. Over the upcoming winter season I will do my best to make a couple trips up there to record some video and take more photos. It will be a good way to keep the content flowing on here when it's hard to get airborne as often.

A few of the aircraft in the incredible R&D Hangar

Bell P-59B Airacomet, the first US jet fighter

In terms of my flying, I should mention that I crossed over the one year anniversary of passing my checkride last week on November 22nd. I was unable to get in the air that day to celebrate so my next flight will have to take the honor. As I've said on here before, it's very hard for me to get up much right now since I'm relegated to weekend-only flying. The joys of driving to and from work when it's dark... I have also been out of town roughly 8 of the past 10 weekends. Naturally, I'm getting quite restless having been on the ground for over three weeks and can't wait to get back in the sky!


  1. Nice pictures...very artistic.

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary too!

  2. Thanks, Paul. I've got some other old photos from the museum I need to dig up and stick on here until I'm able to get back up there and shoot some new ones.

  3. Cool, I'm looking forward to your video series. I visited the museum when I was a wee lad, and vividly remember the largest prop driven aircraft taking up the entire hanger. The landing gear tires were twice as tall as I. What is that aircraft and is it still there?