National Museum of the US Airforce
Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio

The museum is located on Wright Patterson Air Force base. It consists of three large buildings plus two smaller ones. All of the buildings are connected. It took us over 4 hours to walk through the 360 exhibits.

The signs along the interstate and other roads directing us to the museum are in error. The old entrance is now closed and we went in a complete circle. Our campground is on the west side of Dayton. We were directed well past the east side, then south. When we got to the base entrance the signs directed us to, there were barriers which told us the entrance was closed. No other information was given. I used the map function to look at the base layout and try to travel along the north side of the base. We headed north then west and continued through housing developments until we came to a road which had another sign to the museum. This one turned out to be correct. It looked like the closed entrance has been that way for a long time. I am not sure why the interstate signs have not been corrected or at least covered.

We did have a good time touring the museum.

I never lost my interest in military aircraft or missiles.
Here is the F22 Raptor with itís side missile bay open and ready for launch.

In 1956 I worked at Thompson Products Aircraft division. I machined parts for the J79 jet engine.
They were the rims which held the compressor blades. I can see them in this cutaway model.

Johnny in front of the B29 which dropped the second atom bomb over Japan during WWII.

In side a B29.

B17 tail gunner. Very tight quarters and no way out if plane is falling out of the sky.
The old vertical stabilizer next to Johnny is from a B17 which was shot down during WWII.

P40 made famous by the Flying Tigers.

1917 Unmanned aerial torpedo, nicknamed the ďBugĒ
Launched from a 4 wheeled dolly which ran down a portable track. It had a pneumatic and electrical system which guided it toward a target. After a predetermined time the engine shut off, the wings released, and the bug plunged to earth where itís 180 pound explosive detonated on impact. It was developed too late to see duty in the war.

Johnny preparing for a ride in a fighter simulator. The simulator puts you in the seat of a fighter which is in combat against enemy fighter. Here he is getting practice using the fighter controls.

The simulator rolls, climbs and dives using the controls inside the simulator.
The simulator is being used by another person who is causing it to roll. Johnny is still practicing.

Strapped in the seat and getting ready for flight.

His flight is over. I have videos of his flight but they are too large to put on mekkerfest.

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