One field trip was to The National Warplane Museum in Elmira, New York. That incredible museum is about 100 miles from Rochester. The museum has a large collection of vintage and modern combat aircraft. Both Cole and Mr. H. were lucky enough to be photographed in the cockpit of the F-14 used in the movie "Top Gun" by Tom Cruise's character. Cole was even more fortunate when he got a chance to go inside the museum's B-17 - The Fuddy Duddy.
Mr. H. made the 400 mile trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The museum has a large collection of vintage and modern aircraft and spacecraft. Mr. H. was able to get pictures of the original Wright Brother's plane, along with Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the lunar lander from the Apollo 11 mission, a Gemini space capsule and a duplicate of the original Skylab.
Several of the members of the team were able to attend the Rochester Air Show in the fall. The annual event takes place at the Greater Rochester International Airport in Rochester, New York. There are many planes to see both on the ground and in the air. The show is always a lot of fun for aircraft enthusiasts, featuring airplane from the past and present.
Some of our team made the 100 mile trip to the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York. The museum has a large collection of the creations of Glenn Hammond Curtiss, an inventor who took aviation to new heights, literally.
Up the hill (literally) from the National Warplane Museum is the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, New York. The museum has a large collection of vintage and modern gliders. The museum even offers glider rides. Mr. H. actually survived his first glider ride.
The team decided to really learn how primitive rockets launched. Mr. H. went to a local craft shop and purchased model rockets to build. The Aviators went out on the school playground to launch them. Unfortunately, Cole lost his rocket in the snow.
The team got a close-up look at some unique planes when Mr. H. brought in some of his large collection of model airplanes, including a huge B-36 Peacemaker, a B-29, an SR-71, a B-17, a B-52 and a P-40.
The team also got a close-up look at a simulated cockpit of a 747. There were lots of buttons. We wondered how the pilots could remember what all of them were for.