Monday, August 27, 2012

Neal Amrstrong, 1930-2012

Neal Armstrong, center, was one of several Project Gemini astronauts to visit the Middle River plant to get a closer look at the Titan II rocket that would lift them into space.  Mr. Armstrong had considered an invitation to be part of the Gemini symposium at the museum last fall, but a family commitment prevented him from accepting. The first man to step foot on the moon as part of Apollo 11 died on August 25. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Farewell and thank you

For the Lockheed Martin celebration, the Pusher became a Martin aircraft, with some graphic touches.

The museum is richer for the visit of the 1911 Ely Curtiss Pusher.

The aircraft was the centerpiece of the Martin Company centennial celebration both at the museum and the nearby Lockheed Martin Corporation.
                                                                                                Curtiss pilot and builder Bob Coolbaugh meets member       Harvey Hodgin, who tried on  Bob' flight Jacket.

On Saturday and Sunday people lined up at the museum to see the only flying example of the aircraft that was used as a model by Glenn L. Martin for his flying machines.  Except for some minor differences and the names, only the trained eye could tell the difference in the aircraft built and flown by Navy veteran Bob Coolbaugh.

On Monday, Lockheed Martin marked the centennial with a special program that included several elected officials, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger. Once again the centerpiece was the Curtiss Pusher, converted for the occasion into a Martin plane, and accompanied by the Curtiss crew dressed in period garb.

In honor of Mr. Martin, the local Lockheed Martin division presented the museum with a generous donation to help preserve the legacy of Glenn Martin and his company. Stay tuned for the special project the money will underwrite.

The 1911 Ely Curtiss Pusher gets ready to head home after a successful four-day visit to Baltimore.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Celebrate Martin Company's 100th

Crowds gather to get a closer look at the 1911 Ely Curtiss Pusher on display at the museum.
Saturday the museum celebrates National Aviation Day with an emphasis on the Martin Company's 100th anniversary. An added bonus will be the fly-in of the reproduction 1911 Ely-Curtiss Pusher. Glenn L. Martin used Curtiss aircraft as the models for his first airplanes. People can see this historic biplane and and get a chance to sit in a museum jet fighter or airliner Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM (weather permitting).  Other activities are also planned for the entire family. Also participating will be Rosie the Riveters, members of the Ninety-Nines (the International Organization of Women Pilots) and others. You can also learn about the Berlin Airlift and other topics and hear a musical tribute to the Wright Brothers.

The museum also will be open Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM so you can see the Curtiss Pusher and our planes. However, the cockpits will not be open.

Scott Wycoff of WBAL Radio captured the arrival on video. You can see it at the link here

The Curtiss Pusher is flying up from Jerry Yagen's Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Va., and it's appearance is being underwritten by the Lockheed Martin Corp.

Waiting at an airport near you

The B-17 Memphis Belle sits at Martin State Airport.
The Liberty Foundation's "Memphis Belle" is making Martin State Airport its home August 18 and 19 for tours and rides. The bomber usually flies between 10 AM and 3 PM each day with tours offered after the day's flights.  The Curtiss P-40 did not make the trip. See the website to reserve a seat on the B-17.

The Museum will be open its regular hours, 11 AM to 3 PM, both Saturday and Sunday.

A look at history

Docent Bill Haugen explains the special tiles on the shuttle. A busload of aviation enthusiasts enjoyed the day November 8 at the Smiths...