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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Rockwell Kent's "Endless Energy for Limitless Living" is one of many works included in the self-guided tour on the Dayton Art Institute's website.
courtesy of Dayton Art Institute

If you’re staying at home and looking for something fun to do, Miami Valley museums may have you covered. They’ve been beefing up their virtual products to keep patrons well-cultured while quarantined.

Exploring Aviation Virtually 

The United States Air Force Museum is gigantic—over a million square feet.

It’s closed right now, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but Executive Officer and Digital Curator  Bryan Carnes says that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out.

“You can go through the whole museum with the virtual tour,” Carnes says.

James Mellick's exhibit of service dogs at the United States Air Force Museum has drawn large crowds. The exhibit closes Friday, January 31st, making this the last week to see these sculptures in their home state this year.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Ohio artist James Mellick makes highly detailed, life-size, wooden sculptures of dogs. He’s been doing it for forty years now.

He uses walnut for Chocolate Labs, basswood for Yellow Labs, cedar for Red Dobermans, and sycamore for Malinois.

He’ll work a single sculpture for over a month, crafting it to perfection, and he makes all kinds of canines: surreal dogs that serve as allegories, realistic dogs that are playful and fun, and service dogs that have been injured in combat.

Jerry Kenney

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill into law on Monday that will make it easier for military spouses to work in the state.

Senate Bill 7 mandates that state agencies issue licenses or certificates if military members or their spouses are already licensed to work in another state.

Dayton resident Robert Kahn saw his childhood home of Mannheim, Germany invaded the Nazis during WWII.
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In November 1938, the Nazi leadership in Germany organized a series of violent actions against Jewish citizens all across the country.  German soldiers attacked the homes, synagogues and businesses of Jews and more than 30 thousand Jewish men were taken to concentration camps. 

Those attacks are known as Kristall Nacht, the night of broken glass, referring to the shattered glass on streets and sidewalks in the aftermath. It’s often seen as the beginning of The Holocaust, the mass genocide of Jews and other minorities in Europe during World War II.

Remembering Ohio Connections To The Moon Landing

Jul 19, 2019
Neil Armstrong's Pressure Suit, A7-L, A19730040000, Apollo 11, that he wore to walk on the moon July 20, 1969 in its new display case in The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age Gallery of the National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum photo by Jim Preston / via NASA Image and Video Library

A blurry figure came on television screens all over the world on July 20th, 1969.

The astronaut, in a bulky space suit, backed down the steps of the lunar module known as Eagle. Then he made a short a hop down ----into the ashy powder on the surface of the moon. 

Neil Armstrong, a 38-year-old pilot born in Wapakoneta, Ohio was the first man on the moon- 50 years ago.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton is marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day Thursday. There's a wreath-laying ceremony and flyover by two C-47s, the main transport aircraft used on D-Day.

Dawn takeoff.  Scene from forthcoming film, The Lafayette Escadrille, A feature length documentary.
Dan Patterson

15 years after the Wright brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk, airplanes were weapons.  The 12 horsepower motor and the frailties of the first airplane gave way to powerful engines. We tend to think of WWI as soldiers stuck in muddy trenches, but there was also fierce fighting in the sky. WWI airplanes flew much faster than early aircraft and soon were armed with guns and bombs.

Flying warfare began with slow and basic airplanes sent up to see what the enemy was doing beyond the horizon. Pilots came close to enemy airplanes and even shot at each other with pistols, wild west style.

The 'Movie Memphis Belle' appearing this week at Grimes Field airbase in Urbana, Ohio.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

An assortment of WWII-era planes took to the skies above Dayton Wednesday, as the National Museum of the United States Air Force unveiled its latest exhibit. The show includes the restored B-17 bomber called The Memphis Belle. The infamous plane was the first to complete 25 missions over Europe during the Second World War. The plane and its missions were the subject of a documentary, and a feature film.

The renovated B-17 used in the 1990 film the movie, also called Memphis Belle, was part of the early morning flyover above the museum.

B-17F Memphis Belle over Europe
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

On May 17, the National Museum of the United States Air Force opens an exhibit about the Memphis Belle, a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress.  The exhibit tells the story of the Memphis Belle and her crew, one of the first American bombers to survive 25 missions, at a time when surviving 10 missions was considered lucky.  Aviation commentator Dan Patterso has a few thoughts.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

A change-of-command ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Tuesday made official recently announced leadership changes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Former head of the Air Force Research Laboratory Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry will head up the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the department that oversees all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems in the Air Force fleet.

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