The Air Museum's Show Grounds

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When you walk through the covered bridge and purchase your admission, then begins your visit to the early days of aviation.  You are entering an era which, although gone by, still lives on within every airplane that breaks the bonds of earth.  The struggles of the early, "Want to be aviators," their agonies of disaster and hair raising moments of success are here, represented by the many flying exhibits.

The only 1929 Davis D-1W Biplane in existence.

When the gate first opens there is a peacefulness patiently waiting to give way to the hustle and bustle of the day.  A tranquility exists for those who arrive early.  An opportunity to take pictures of the planes with few distractions.  If you have any questions, they can be answered by a staff member at the small gazebo.

The Fokker hanger - housing a Fokker D. VIII and Albatros D. Va

Just as it was done in the early days, the planes are kept in open hangers beside the airfield.  If you arrive early you can see them rolled out to the flight line one by one.

This is the home of some of the best french fries in the country.

When your stomach tells you it has been awhile since you last fed it, you can be sure you will be well taken care of here.  No pre-cooked and reheated food will you find.  The menu is simple but everything is fresh and well prepared.  The fries are the best I have had in years.  There are lots of condiments.  You can turn an ordinary hotdog into a chili-dog, with the works, at no extra cost.  If you want to eat in the shade, a spacious tent with picnic tables is right where this picture was taken from.

The crowd enjoying the skills of the pilots as they fly the many museum pieces.

After lunch the airshow begins.  The view is superb from the plank benches.  For those who like to get a better camera shot, there is plenty of standing room in the rear.

Mr. Jim Hare - The Show Announcer atop the show center tower.

Here is the Master of Ceremony, Mr. Jim Hare.  He will skillfully guide you through the events of the show.  And if you know little or nothing about aeroplanes, Jim artfully blends in historic facts.  If you go away not knowing more than when you arrived, it will be because you missed the show.

Photo Credits:
All photos on this page taken by Sandy J Rhodes



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