Wednesday, December 7, 2016
It's that time of year again when the Museum expands its scope to include ground transportation, mainly trains! Come see our evolving Christmas garden that includes both land and air facets. This year, the layout boasts more references to the Martin Company in Middle River.
The garden is included with regular admission to the museum, Wednesday through Saturday 11 AM to 3 PM. You also get to see the big planes at Strawberry Point!
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
|Buz Carpenter, right, talks to board member Ted Cooper after the meeting.|
Air Force Academy grad and retired Col. Buz Carpenter was the Museum's guest lecturer Nov. 7 as part of the Monday Speaker Series. He answered a barrage of questions from the audience and after giving a first-hand look at the exotic bird. He gave a special tribute to "Kelly" Johnson, the engineer behind the Blackbird and many other iconic aircraft. Buz logged nearly 700 hours in the SR-71 as a pilot and instructor. The "Blackbird" cruised at 2,100 miles per hour as the nation's premiere reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-71 he flew is now on display at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Buz also flew the C-141, RF-4C, and T-38 aircraft, while flying 150 combat missions in Vietnam.
Before the talk, the took a tour of the museum's flight line at Strawberry Point and pointed out all the aircraft he had piloted or had taken a ride in.
Air Force Academy grad and retired Col. Buz Carpenter will be the Museum's guest lecturer Nov. 7 as part of the Monday Speaker Series. He logged nearly 700 hours in the SR-71 as a pilot and instructor. The "Blackbird" cruised at 2,100 miles per hour as the nation's premiere reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-71 he flew is now on display at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Buz also flew the C-141, RF-4C, and T-38 aircraft, while flying 150 combat missions in Vietnam.
The 7 PM talk is FREE and open to the public at the Lockheed Martin auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd. Middle River 21220. You need a photo ID and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
|The Museum's Vietnam-era Huey got a lot of attention.|
|Ground crew salutes the Blue Angels as they leave for the show over Fort McHenry.|
|The F-35 thrilled the crowd with its flyovers when it returned from the show.|
|The Museum's A-7 was at the center of the show grounds.|
Thousands enjoyed spectacular Fall weather to attend the Maryland Fleet Week Air Show at Martin State Airport the weekend of October 15/16. Several aircraft participated in the air show besides the Blue Angels. Visitors at the airport could see a number of aircraft up close, including the museum's Huey, T-33, F-4 and A7.
There was plenty of food and vendors to satisfy everyone,
The Blue Angels may return in two years.
Monday, October 3, 2016
The Monday Speaker Series featured a presentation by Massimo Stiavelli, mission head of the James Webb Space Telescope. "Massimo Stiavelli is a world-renowned astrophysicist in the area of the high-redshift universe, which JWST is specifically designed to probe," according to the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Massimo detailed some of the areas where the Webb will be focused. Scheduled launch is October 218. A European Space AgencyAriane rocket will lift the telescope into a location about a million miles from Earth. An appropriate U.S. rocket would not have been ready and tested in time for the planned liftoff. Although the Webb is bigger than Hubble, its mass is less because of developments in new materials and systems. The Webb telescope's mirror is 6.5 meters, almost three times the 2.5 meter mirror on the Hubble. The maximum size of the mirror was dictated by the launch vehicle's limit.
Thanks again to Lockheed Martin for use of its auditorium.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
|Attendees enjoyed the food and music.|
Thanks to all those whose attendance helps supports the museum and its scholarship program.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
|Maj. Gen. Brereton played a key role in the mission.|
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
|Elaine Harmon, wearing her WASP|
leather jacket in 1944.
She earned her private pilot license with the Civilian Pilot Training Program in College Park. In 1944 she became an Women Airforce Service Pilot, where she ferried aircraft, including P-51 Mustangs, and taught men to become military pilots.
Her wish was to be buried at Arlington, but was denied the honor. Elaine's family, especially her granddaughter, started a campaign to get the rules changed. Congress passed a law last year to open Arlington to women who served in World War II. The legislation was spearheaded by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who was the nation's first female combat pilot.
The Baltimore native, who died last year, participated a few years ago in the Monday Speaker Series.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
|Students study material before class.|
Sunday, August 21, 2016
|Rosies gathered at the museum to remember what it was like 70 years ago.|
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
|Family gets ready to have their girls's photo taken in Museum's Huey.|
Because of the heat, the Museum arranged for an ice cream truck to park nearby to allow visitors access to a cool treat after visiting Strawberry Point.
Thanks to all the visitors and many volunteers who braved the heat to make this another successful event!
Monday, August 8, 2016
|Harvey enjoyed meeting pilot Bob Coolbaugh at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Martin Company in 2012.|
Harvey was very generous to the Museum with his time and knowledge and his weekly visits with an offering of cookies are missed. For an enlightening look at Harvey's life. click HERE to read an interview that appeared in the Winter 2007/8 issue of the Museum's Newsletter.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
|Students get ready to jump in the cockpit of T-33.|
, despite the heat.
There is only one more Open Cokpit this season planned August 13, so plan ahead.
Friday, July 1, 2016
|Sen. Kathy Szeliga (from left), Museum chair Jane Michael, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Sen. J.B. Jennings and Museum archvist Stn Piet stand in front of B-26 replica used for education.|
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
|Hundreds of visitors checked out the Museum's Huey.|
|Robert F. Dorr|
An Air Force veteran, Bob was a strong supporter of the Museum and was a regular lecturer at the Monday Speaker Series, where he invariably had a new book to describe. He submitted the last of his hundreds of magazine articles only weeks before his death.
Bob generously donated much of his aviation research collection to the Museum's archives and word quickly spread worldwide that his life's work was available to researchers. His collection is open, by appointment.
|Visitors line up to sit in cockpit of Museum's T-33.|
Thursday, June 9, 2016
|Get a chance to sit in a historic Huey.|
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Artist Steve Maloney’s mixed-media sculpture Take Me Home Huey takemehomehuey.org is a transformed boneyard U.S. Army Huey that served as an air ambulance during the Vietnam War. The helicopter was shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam and put back together by Light Horse Legacy. The aircraft arrived Friday and will stay until June 17. Stop by the museum and see this historic exhibition.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
|Future pilots check out cockpit of Huey, one of the most popular stops.|
|Visitors enjoyed better-than-predicted weather.|
|Grace Henninger gets ready to help with planting of white dogwood.|
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
|Bo and Ryder got to try out the reproduction B-26 at the museum for the special event.|
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Speaker Series Returns
Veteran astronaut and Essex native Tom Jones was the first guest as the Monday Speaker Series returned for its 14th year on April 4. Tom answered questions from the audience, such as his response above food in space. Tom also highlighted some questions from his latest book, Ask the Astronaut: A Galaxy of Astonishing Answers to Your Questions on Spaceflight. The book is aimed at readers 11 to 17, but anyone can learn from it.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
|Museum volunteers get a display ready for viewing.|
Monday, February 22, 2016
|Young visitors put together the fuselage of a Martin B-26.|
In February, dozens of 5th through middle school family member assembled a student-sized portion of the fuselage of a Martin B-26. The "work shifts" ran 11AM to 2 PM. The program was designed to foster teamwork and teach how aircraft were assembled during World War II. Now that the program has had its test flight, it will be returning as a regular feature for school groups. The museum can always use volunteers to help with the program. Contact the museum, if interested.
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