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Wednesday, May 18, 2016:  Mark and Paula visited the National Museum of the U. S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force base at Dayton, Ohio. 
Hot air balloons were the rage before 1900...even for use by military spotters over battlefields.
Mark and Paula saw an exact replica of a Wright Flyer that could carry two people, dating back to the early 1900s.
A bomber from World War I.  Military money has been used over the years to further the technology of aviation.
One of the first significant aircraft actions by the United States in World War II was by Doolittle's Raiders. 
Their story was told in the epic 1943 movie, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Sixteen B-25 bombers took off from an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean to bomb Japan.
The war ended in 1945 when this Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Bockscar) dropped the second atomic bomb on Japan.
Of course, not all planes make it back to the ground safely.  Some need explaining!
Bringing us to more current times, a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit "Stealth Bomber" was on display. 
With a range of over 6000 miles before mid-air refueling, this plane can fly anywhere in the world with near invisibility to radar.
Mark especially liked the nose art, lifted from airplanes that were retired from military service.

Quote of the day:    Museums are fascinating places to learn history.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

Questions, Comments?  Email Mark Persons  teki@mwpersons.com

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