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I went to the little museum in the podunk town of Jackson, LA, which is about 10 miles E of where I live. It's even more off the beaten track than St. Francisville but has a better collection of arrowheads. I hadn't been there in a few years because of lingering bad blood over an ill-starred romance with a Jackson belle, and while I've been gone they've made some changes.

 

One thing I noticed this time that I didn't remember from before was the busted prop shown below. Supposedly, this came off Lucky Lindy's Jenny. Hopefully, you all will be able to read the print shown in 1 of the pics. If not, let me know and I'll provide a transcript. The guy standing next to it in another pic is my aged father, who is now about 5'9" tall. The prop's lower end is only a few inches off the floor and his eyes are about even with the center, to give you an idea of its size.

 

The remains of the wing in the last pic are from a 1936 Beech Staggerwing. Looks like the lower wing to me. Every bit ot structure is wood. The rib skeletons are plywood, even the ones with the curved areas to go around internal bracing wires. All this wood is held together by itty bitty nails, too. No glue that I could see.

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Well, a few things of interest at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo... www.airzoo.org

 

SR71B

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SR71B

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P-47D, painted as Gabby Gabreski's HV*A 226418

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The one who Saint Exupery flew in Argentina, Laté 25.

 

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Canberra

 

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Bleriot IX

 

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F-86

 

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Pulqui II

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Photos by Shredward. Apologies for the poor lighting. It was an undercover mission after all.

 

I have a theory about what these were once part of. Anybody else have an idea?

 

... Rx

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Last Year at the North-Sea: A "Marineflieger" Museum of the German Naval Air Service from World War One until today. Nice Models and a huge Number of German Navy-Aircraft :salute:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I live within 40 miles of both the Smithonian's aircraft museums - Air and Space in downtown DC and the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport. But the closest is my Marine Corps Museum in Quantico (about 10-15 minutes from my house).

 

It has four biplanes (Curtiss A-2 Pusher Seaplane, Thomas Morse S4B Scout, Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, and deHavilland DH4)

Four fixed wing WW II aircraft (FG-1 and F4U-4 Corsairs, Wildcat, Avenger, Japanese Okha rocket powered Kamikaze)

Three Korean War aircraft, one fixed wing, two rotary wing (F9F Panther, and HRS-1 and HO3S helicopters)

Three Vientam War aircraft (A4 Skyhawk, UH1 Huey, and half of a CH-46 that you can walk through)

One post-Vietnam jet (AV8 Harrier)

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I hope this works I have a lot of trouble posting pictures!

 

The first pic is from the Delaware Valley air museum which is only a few minutes drive from my place.

 

They used to have several German and Japanese planes from WW2 but the navy took them away.

 

Here is the link to their site

http://wingsoffreedommuseum.org/

 

The other four pics are from the Golden Age Air Museum which is about an hours drive.

 

http://www.goldenageair.org/

The Dr1 might have an original rotary engine. When I was there they were making a big fuss about the engine.

I hope these come through.

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Will wonders never cease! They posted but out of order. The fourth pic is from the Delaware Valley air museum. The Fokker DVIII is a 7/8 or 3/4 scale replica.

 

The curator told me that when the builder finished it the cg was way off so he donated it to the museum. Seems like that should have been an easy fix. A little weight in the tail or nose?

 

I stopped by the Udvar-Hazy museum last summer. Not exactly near my house but I will find some pics to post from there.

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Here's a few from Sunderland Air Museum...the exhibits are not fabulous to be honest, but they are dedicated volunteer's nonetheless

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos by Shredward. Apologies for the poor lighting. It was an undercover mission after all.

 

I have a theory about what these were once part of. Anybody else have an idea?

 

... Rx

Can we have a hint please?:heat:

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I love going to air museums...big and little ones. Unforturnately, some pics are film only, some visits were too long ago and I didn't have a camera, and some the museums didn't have anything that I'm really interested in.

 

But ya know, some of the best finds have been at the smallest museums...finding stuff that they only made one or two of.

 

Or, like today, I was at the Lone Star Museum of Flight in Galveston, TX. Though it was mostly WWII stuff, of which I'm not a huge fan like early jet stuff (that tends to be my thing), it was interesting in another way.

 

Unlike a lot of museums which have a lot of statics and maybe one or two flyables (if any), this one, the majority of the stable is flyables. A-26, B-25, B-17, F4U, A-1E Skyraider, PT-19, a Stearman, several other birds...all flyable (and flown on a semi regular basis...a few were undergoing annuals as we were touring). I thought that was neat...last place I saw something like that was the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Midland, TX.

 

FC

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Can we have a hint please?:heat:

 

WWI vintage

 

British design

 

The only one of its kind built in Canada (assuming my theory is correct)

 

.... Rx

 

PS It's actually in a restaurant, not a museum ...

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The Calgary museum is small, but pretty interesting- I've taken my son there a couple of times. I'd share photos but I've none. I know they were busy refurbishing a Lancaster, but its a long project. The aeronautical museum at the old airbase in Ottawa is excellent. The Canadian War museum has at least one biplane displayed (Bishop's Nieuport) Canadian War Museum (not local to me either but I do get back to Ottawa once in awhile).

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