Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight Our Mission: To raise the public's awareness of aviation through the flight of historical aircraft while supporting our local children's hospital.
The Museum of Flight in Hixson opened on May 25, 2010. The 18,000 sq. ft. facility is located right beside the 3,005 ft. runway at Dallas Bay Skypark (1A0). Come on by the hangar! Most days work is being done on the aircraft, other days we're out flying. Love to see you there!

Immediately following World War II, the Department of Defense tapped into the expertise of the North American Aviation C...
07/19/2019

Immediately following World War II, the Department of Defense tapped into the expertise of the North American Aviation Company to develop the next generation, high-performance, advanced primary flight trainer to serve as a successor to the T-6 Texan, also built by North American Aviation. The result was the T-28 series of aircraft. The U.S. Navy was so impressed with the rugged Trojan that in 1952, the Navy contracted North American Aviation to build an improved version of the Trojan for Navy primary flight training. That improved version of the Trojan turned out to be the T-28B with a more powerful Wright Cyclone R1820 engine with 1425 horsepower and a three-bladed propeller. Come on by The Museum of Flight and check out the T-2B "Trojan" that we have here!

Check out the link below to donate or become a member today! At The Museum of Flight we pride ourselves on providing peo...
07/17/2019

Check out the link below to donate or become a member today! At The Museum of Flight we pride ourselves on providing people with an opportunity to witness the beauty of aviation and its impact on our country! We cannot do that without your help, so please consider donating or becoming a member with us in this endeavor!

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Pictured here is Hugh Maxwell, a pilot of a B-24 bomber in World War II. Below is a quote taken from an interview about ...
07/15/2019

Pictured here is Hugh Maxwell, a pilot of a B-24 bomber in World War II. Below is a quote taken from an interview about a dogfight he was engaged in during the war. At this point in time his bomber had gotten hit and he was analyzing the situation.

"As I realized that our right wing would no longer fly and I couldn’t raise it, and was trying to hold left rudder and aileron, my left foot kept slipping off the rudder pedal,” says Maxwell. “I looked down and said, ‘Oh my God.’ My whole left leg and foot were covered with blood, and there was a pool of blood and it was all over that rudder pedal. And I knew I’d been hit in the left side with shrapnel. But then I realized: It ain’t blood, it’s hydraulic fluid."

Today we are doing a flyby to honor and remember 5 American heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of a ter...
07/13/2019

Today we are doing a flyby to honor and remember 5 American heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of a terrorist in an attach in Chattanooga.
We will never forget: Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, and Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith.

WW2 Aircrafts: B-25The B-25’s hallmark was versatility. It provided close air support, strafed Japanese tanks, destroy...
07/12/2019

WW2 Aircrafts: B-25
The B-25’s hallmark was versatility. It provided close air support, strafed Japanese tanks, destroyed bridges in Burma, transported troops, and attacked ships. In Europe, the Mitchell operated as a medium bomber, a class that First Lieutenant Robert L. Cunningham explained in the February 1944 issue of Popular Science: “In a heavy bomber, you fly far above the noise of battle, paste your target, and fight your way home. In the mediums, you are part of the battle itself, often roaring in ‘on the deck,’ pulling up sharply, and letting go with everything you have, within direct range of all antiaircraft weapons on the ground.” The Navy and Marine Corps variant—the PBJ-1 patrol bomber—had a search radar. Many flew strikes during the Iwo Jima invasion.

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07/10/2019
Museum of Flight

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The museum is dedicated to raising awareness of aviation and the important role it has played in shaping our nation's history. Not only do we provide displays, a vast collection of historic flight and military memorabilia and maintain these planes, the museum also donates to our local children's hos...

"After serving as a navigator in the Army Air Force in World War II, William Sinclair was contacted in 1947 about compet...
07/08/2019

"After serving as a navigator in the Army Air Force in World War II, William Sinclair was contacted in 1947 about competing for a commission in the newly formed Air Force. He graduated in July 1949 from pilot training and 18 months later, he was off to serve in the Korean War, assigned to the 8th Fighter Bomber Squadron. The Korean War introduced new aircraft and technology, which also meant inexperienced pilots making errors, some of them fatal. Sinclair flew over 100 missions, dropping napalm on enemy troops and attacking supply trains. When his replacement arrived early, Sinclair left two days before his tour was complete; two days later, his old base was overrun and his replacement was killed."

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07/05/2019
Museum of Flight

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The museum is dedicated to raising awareness of aviation and the important role it has played in shaping our nation's history. Not only do we provide displays, a vast collection of historic flight and military memorabilia and maintain these planes, the museum also donates to our local children's hos...

In 1940 Charles Evans was a college student fascinated with flying, so he signed up for an air cadet program. After the ...
07/03/2019

In 1940 Charles Evans was a college student fascinated with flying, so he signed up for an air cadet program. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Evans was, in one day, drummed out of the air cadets and given a commission in the Army Air Corps. He flew a P-40 in a Pursuit Group that monitored the skies over New England. . . . Evans would serve in the China-Burma-India Theater, piloting a P-40 on bombing and strafing missions over Burma. After 17 months and 59 missions, he was given the choice of staying longer with a promotion or returning home. He chose the latter, looking forward to a real honeymoon with his wife, to whom he'd been married only four months when he shipped out.

In a conflict as brief and lopsided as the Persian Gulf War, it may be surprising that there were actually American pris...
07/01/2019

In a conflict as brief and lopsided as the Persian Gulf War, it may be surprising that there were actually American prisoners of war. Rhonda Cornum was one; she served with an Attack Helicopter Battalion as a medical officer, went down in a helicopter crash and for seven days was held by the Iraqis. She drew on her training as both a soldier and doctor to survive her brief but painful ordeal.

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06/28/2019
Museum of Flight

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The museum is dedicated to raising awareness of aviation and the important role it has played in shaping our nation's history. Not only do we provide displays, a vast collection of historic flight and military memorabilia and maintain these planes, the museum also donates to our local children's hos...

When Edwin Nixon enlisted in the Navy out of college just after the Korean War started, he thought it would be over by t...
06/26/2019

When Edwin Nixon enlisted in the Navy out of college just after the Korean War started, he thought it would be over by the time he finished training. He became a Navy pilot and flew his first mission over Korea in January 1953. On his 25th mission, he took crippling fire intended for another plane. He managed to crash land his craft, breaking his back in the process. For four months, he was interrogated and kept in isolation, then spent time in a camp with other POWs. Meanwhile, he was declared killed in action, with a funeral held for him. (A later arriving POW told Nixon he attended it.) The day he was repatriated, his wife had a baby daughter. Nixon has some harsh words for the way the war was prosecuted, but he knows that his unique experiences made him a more confident person in his professional career.

In seventeen months stationed in India and Burma during World War II, George Laben flew 245 missions in a C-47 transport...
06/24/2019

In seventeen months stationed in India and Burma during World War II, George Laben flew 245 missions in a C-47 transport plane, an aircraft he still praises for its maneuverability and general ease of flying. He dodged Japanese planes by flying low enough to the ground to be mistaken for ground cover, and never lost a plane or a crew member, even though the overall losses in his squadron were enormous. Occasionally, he flew night missions undercover for the OSS, dropping off men (in parachutes) and supplies, and on one memorable flight, a half-dozen unauthorized bombs. Laben readily admits he never took off without feeling some discomfort, though he always believed he would make it back home from every flight.

Good times at London-Corbin Fly-In!!!
06/23/2019

Good times at London-Corbin Fly-In!!!

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06/21/2019
Museum of Flight

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The museum is dedicated to raising awareness of aviation and the important role it has played in shaping our nation's history. Not only do we provide displays, a vast collection of historic flight and military memorabilia and maintain these planes, the museum also donates to our local children's hos...

06/19/2019
Northwest Georgia Balloon & Aviation Festival - Rome Ga

June 28th and 29th

Over 100 different types of Aircraft on display at the NWG Hot Air Balloon Festival! June 28th and 29th!
T34 "Mentor"
T28 "Trojan"
AH-1 "Cobra"
UH-1 "Huey"
F-14 "TomCat"
BTD-1 "Destroyer"
Taylor Craft L2 "Grasshopper"
C-45 "Expeditor"
T-51 "Mustang"
T-6 "Texan"
Bell 407 "Long Ranger" LifeForce
Hot Air Balloons!

Flying in support of the invasion at Anzio, Nathaniel Raley was shot down by ground fire. Captured by the Germans, he wo...
06/19/2019

Flying in support of the invasion at Anzio, Nathaniel Raley was shot down by ground fire. Captured by the Germans, he wound up at Stalag Luft I, populated entirely by fliers from several Allied air forces. He wryly describes his 15 months in captivity as "a learning experience." Among the lessons: how to tell when an interrogator is lying to get information and the price a prisoner pays for touching the perimeter wire fence in a stalag.

Paul A. BradleyAfter he enlisted in the Air Force and washed out of cadet training, Paul Bradley went to Officer Candida...
06/17/2019

Paul A. Bradley

After he enlisted in the Air Force and washed out of cadet training, Paul Bradley went to Officer Candidate School and trained to become a navigator and then a bombardier. In Korea, he rode in the nose of a B-26, mostly at night, "looking for targets of opportunity" as an observer (navigator-bombardier). Navigating in nearly total darkness was a challenge, and finding those targets was another. After the war, he continued flying, but now it was as a navigator on refueling missions for the Strategic Air Command.

Going to be an amazing weekend!
06/15/2019
Around 100 aircraft on display at balloon festival

Going to be an amazing weekend!

The Museum of Flight at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport is holding nothing back for their open house this month which will be a part of the Northwest Georgia Hot

"In 1950, Mary Weiss, who had never been more than 40 miles from her Indiana home, decided to join the Air Force, then r...
06/14/2019

"In 1950, Mary Weiss, who had never been more than 40 miles from her Indiana home, decided to join the Air Force, then recruiting students at her nursing school. Her desire to travel was fulfilled after she signed up for flight school and became a flight nurse, logging over 760 hours between Japan and Korea during her 14 months abroad. She also met her future husband, Kenneth Hester, in flight school, and they were married in Tokyo while still in the service."

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06/12/2019
Museum of Flight

Check out the link below to make a one time donation, or become a member in support of the Museum of Flight!

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The museum is dedicated to raising awareness of aviation and the important role it has played in shaping our nation's history. Not only do we provide displays, a vast collection of historic flight and military memorabilia and maintain these planes, the museum also donates to our local children's hos...

06/11/2019

Whats happening with Aviation at the NWG Hot Air Balloon & AviationFestival? Take a LOOK! JUNE 28th & 29th!!

"After he enlisted in the Air Force and washed out of cadet training, Paul Bradley went to Officer Candidate School and ...
06/10/2019

"After he enlisted in the Air Force and washed out of cadet training, Paul Bradley went to Officer Candidate School and trained to become a navigator and then a bombardier. In Korea, he rode in the nose of a B-26, mostly at night, 'looking for targets of opportunity' as an observer (navigator-bombardier). Navigating in nearly total darkness was a challenge, and finding those targets was another. Bradley was still in Korea at the time of the truce, whose terms--and the repatriation of prisoners--he has strong opinions on. After the war, he continued flying, but now it was as a navigator on refueling missions for the Strategic Air Command."

"John McCain's 5 1/2 years of captivity in North Vietnam were divided into two phases. Early on, this son and grandson o...
06/07/2019

"John McCain's 5 1/2 years of captivity in North Vietnam were divided into two phases. Early on, this son and grandson of high-ranking Naval officers was accorded relatively privileged status. Then he refused early release--which he saw as a public relations stunt by his captors--insisting that POWs held longer than him should be granted their freedom first. Thereafter, McCain was treated much more severely, but he also had an opportunity to bond with his fellow prisoners. Those experiences strengthened his resolve and eased his transition back into civilian life."

We thank ou for your service Mr. McCain.

06/06/2019
Sky News

Sky News

A lone piper is marking the exact moment the first British soldier landed on Gold Beach in Normandy on D-Day in 1944.

Events are taking place in France and the UK today to mark 75 years since the invasion

06/06/2019

The NWG Balloon & Aviation Fly-In Festival is June 28-29.

Spread the word & bring a friend! We can't wait to see you.

"Sharing his experiences with a classroom of special education students, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Alfonso Perez, who...
06/05/2019

"Sharing his experiences with a classroom of special education students, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Alfonso Perez, who served throughout the China-Burma-India Theater in WWII, recalls his most difficult take-off: 'We were all lined up. The first plane went to take off. He didn’t have the speed and exploded. On the next plane, apparently the pilot was nervous. He started putting on the brakes, and he exploded.' Perez recalls losing twenty of his friends while waiting to depart. 'And then we were next to take off. And the pilot just decided we were going to make it all the way -- we were going to have full power. I remember that. Thanksgiving Day, 1943.'"

"A junior at Ohio State University when the U.S. entered the war, Doyen Wardwell quit school and within two months was a...
06/03/2019

"A junior at Ohio State University when the U.S. entered the war, Doyen Wardwell quit school and within two months was accepted into the new Aviation Corps. He was in the first class of pilots trained at Dayton's Orville Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base). A member of the famed Lafayette Escadrille, Wardwell flew reconnaissance, pursuit, bombing, and escort missions and made some of the first night flights over the war zone. He documented his exploits over England and France in a diary and in letters home to his new bride. For Wardwell, the thrill of flying more than offset any fear of being shot down."

"Marvin Pixton yearned to be a pilot from an early age and was disappointed when he failed the eye exam to become a Mari...
05/31/2019

"Marvin Pixton yearned to be a pilot from an early age and was disappointed when he failed the eye exam to become a Marine pilot. However, he retook the exam and passed it, going on to a 25-year career in the Marines. He served two tours of duty above Vietnam: one in helicopters (1967-8), the other in jets (1972-3). (His unit was the last to leave Vietnam.) He preferred the former, which allowed him closer contact with the men on the ground he was supporting. He survived several near-catastrophes, once watching a plane in front of his hit a mountain in bad weather."

"Craig Grabeel was a pilot in the Navy whose service did not take him into combat, but he was hardly immune from danger....
05/29/2019

"Craig Grabeel was a pilot in the Navy whose service did not take him into combat, but he was hardly immune from danger. He served in a squadron which did Search and Rescue missions, including two which involved hurricane victims. After 6 years on active duty and another 16 in the Reserves, Grabeel worked for the Navy in a civilian capacity, reformulating policy approaches in the draw-downs after the Cold War ended."

"Catherine Vail got her first taste for flying on a teen date with a boyfriend, who had a pilot take them for a ride in ...
05/27/2019

"Catherine Vail got her first taste for flying on a teen date with a boyfriend, who had a pilot take them for a ride in a small plane. In college at Berkeley, California, she signed up for the Civilian Pilot Training Program and obtained her pilot's license. When aviator Jacqueline Cochran began forming the group that would be come the WASP, Vail interviewed with her and was hired as her personal secretary. Cochran would make an exception for Vail and other young pilots with less than the required flying time, and Vail became a member of the second class of WASP to graduate. She flew over 1000 hours, doing ferrying work all over the U.S., while her husband, whom she married in June 1944, served as a pilot in the Pacific Theater."

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