Aviation in the movies will be the focus of the Living History Flying Day Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif.
By TRACY THURMAN
When you fly into Minter Field (KMIT) in Shaftner, Calif., you notice a sprawling, fairly quiet airport situated in the heart of California’s central valley. It is flanked to the east by industry and Highway 99. The other three sides are surrounded by farm lands and orchards. Keep your eyes open for crop dusters who work on and around the airport.
It doesn’t look like much as you make your downwind, but under the veil of dust is a nest of eagles. There’s lots of history and some really cool aviation stuff going on here.
The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., is not closing. That’s the message from officials at the not-for-profit museum in the wake of the bankruptcy filing of Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, a separate for-profit company that owns several vintage aircraft that are on display at the museum, but are not museum property.
Located at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the 14,500-square-foot NAHF Learning Center features displays, flight simulators, and interactive exhibits that honor its 225 enshrinees.
GREENFIELD, IOWA — At the Iowa Aviation Museum’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, three Iowa soldiers were recognized. These men participated in the famous “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders” secret mission on April 18, 1942. The participants honored were USAF Colonel Charles Ross Greening; U.S. Army Air Forces Cpl Leland D. Faktor; and U.S. Army Air Forces SSGT William J. Dieter.
Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center were treated to a surprise holiday performance by The U.S. Air Force Band Dec. 2. The four-minute performance featured original arrangements of Greensleeves and Carol of the Bells led by the band’s commander and conductor Col. Larry H. Lang. Surprised museum visitors watched as instrumentalists started playing in front of Space Shuttle Discovery and then moved to the Boeing Aviation Hangar to join the rest of the band’s more than 100 members, where the drummers played and vocalists burst into song from the museum’s balconies. The crowd gave an enthusiastic ovation when the performance ended.
Groups from The U.S. Air Force Band will perform at the National Air and Space Museum as part of the Smithsonian’s Holiday Festival, Dec. 6‒7.
HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s efforts to restore the historic structures on Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor, was given a boost this week when the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust announced a $1.5 million grant for interior restoration of the iconic Ford Island Control Tower Operations Building.