Visit your favorite aviation museum — for free

Don’t forget that a number of aviation museums across the nation will participate in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day this Saturday, Sept. 29, including the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Cleveland, and the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla. Admission is free with a ticket you can download from the website.

Visit your favorite aviation museum — for free

A number of aviation museums across the nation will participate in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Sept. 29, including the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Cleveland, and the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla. Admission is free with a ticket you can download from the website.

Museum showcases historical address

The Connecticut Air & Space Center is presenting an educational display of historical artifacts and photos that tell the history of 550 Main Street in Stratford, Conn. The buildings at 550 Main Street saw Igor Sikorsky develop his seaplane business, which help fund his invention the helicopter. It saw World War II on the horizon and the property expanded to build the US Navy’s best fighter, the F4U Corsair. It saw Lycoming, Avco, Textron, Allied Signal and finally the US Army create military engines by the truckload at the Stratford Army Engine Plant. Now, shuttered since 1998, 550 Main Street waits for to be developed for a new generation.

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Denny Hauge, Burt Rutan and Don Pischner

Special to GAN By DON PISCHNER

My day with Denny Hague: He’s a former Air Force Officer, aviator, fighter pilot, and hero with an outstanding career who has participated in several astounding exploits. During Vietnam, he flew 189 combat missions. He and two fellow airmen flew cover for military pilot Bernie Fisher, who’s life-saving bravery earned him the Air Force Medal of Honor.

It’s been my good fortune to have maintained a friendship with Denny since Coeur d’Alene High School days in the 1950s. Now entering a new era of life, Denny was recently diagnosed with beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. Still, he recalls earlier times reasonably well.

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