Our week started with the very early years of flight, along with the Schneider Schulgleiter SG 38 and Halberstadt CL IV and the French built Nieuport 28. We continue our tour of flight’s early years by looking at some of the accessories and bombs used by pilots on aerial attacks.
Before our a short tour, I wanted to share some thoughts about the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.
USAF National Museum dates to around 1923 when the Engineering Division at Dayton's McCook Field first collected technical artifacts for preservation.
In 1927 it moved to then-Wright Field and was housed in a succession of buildings. In 1954 as the Air Force Museum it was housed in its first permanent facility, Building 89 of the former Patterson Field in Fairborn, which had been an engine overhaul hangar, and many of its aircraft were parked outside and exposed to the weather. It remained there until 1971 when the current facility was first opened. Not including its annex on Wright Field proper, the museum has more than tripled in square footage since its inception in 1971.
The museum is completely free, relying on donations from patrons who travel thousands of miles to spend days walking through the history of flight and space. In two days I experienced a fraction of flight’s past, stopping to watch the many videos available, including the Wright Brother’s first flight.