We got to the museum just before lunch, looked around at the exhibit from the early Wright brothers years of aviation, then took a little break to meet David and Shylah for lunch at the museum cafe.
After lunch, we had a little more time to look around before our tour of the presidential planes and research and development exhibit. Matthew stopped to pose in front of the 'Fat Man' atomic bomb from the World War II section of the museum.
Matthew on the steps of the SAM 2600, first used by President Kennedy, and last used by President Clinton. A lot of history on that plane!
the Independence, after his hometown in Missouri.
David and Matthew thought this looked like some sort of flying saucer.
David joined us back at the main museum for the rest of the afternoon, and they posed in front of the Apollo 15 command module. Matthew asked some questions about the Apollo missions, which prompted us to decide that we would spend the evening watching the movie Apollo 13.
Of course, we had to admire Cayden's room first, which is almost all ready for him. He has lots of books...
and his crib is all ready with his name above. So cute!
We did some shopping, had dinner at Longhorn, dessert at Graeter's, and settled in to watch the movie together. Matthew even stayed awake long enough to see the Apollo 13 crew return safely to earth. He then settled down to sleep on the couch, and this is how I found him the next morning.
Globemaster aircraft is a transport plane used during the 80s and 90s.
This particular plane also appeared in a couple of the Transformers movies. It can hold a tank!Boeing EC-135, introduced in 1968, was known as the 'Droop Snoot', 'Snoopy Nose', or, for those of you old enough to remember him, the 'Jimmy Durante' of the Air Force.
The museum is currently housed in three large hangars, with a fourth one in the process of being built. You can see it to the far left in the photo. Over the winter, the planes from the Presidential and Research and Development hangars will be moved to their new home in the fourth building. That will be an interesting process to watch!
Inside, we started in the Cold War area, where Matthew checked out some of the missiles on display.
We met a man who worked at the museum, who was spending his day off there with his two little grandsons. He told us to be sure to check out the Aviation Hall of Fame area, where there were interactive and educational activities to see. Matthew enjoyed trying to fly a plane. I think he only crashed a couple of times. :)
He posed near a picture of Neil Armstrong, who Matthew had the opportunity to meet a few years ago.
Back in the World War II area, Matthew posed in front of a 'Spitfire.'
This plane, nicknamed 'Bockscar' is called, 'The Aircraft that Ended WW II.' Bockscar is the plane that dropped the atomic bomb, nicknamed 'Fat Man' on the city of Nagasaki.'the forgotten plane.' Matthew is reading about the 'Little Boy' bomb in the photo below.
After two days of looking at planes and reading (reading, reading, reading) about planes, we were ready to make a stop at the gift shop and head for home. So many planes, so much history, and a great memory for Granny and Matthew. (And his memory is undoubtedly better than mine, so if you have any questions about planes of the Air Force, just ask Matthew.) Ha!