Russia has our attention now, with the Sochi Winter Olympics about to open on February 7th. This got our aviation commentator Dan Patterson thinking about the vast country and how it is connected by flight. And Dan brings us back to the early days of aviation when the Russians were building and flying unique aircraft to shorten those distances.
A veterans center in Dayton is planning a $5 million renovation of the dementia unit of its long-term care facility.
Officials at the Dayton VA Medical Center tell the Dayton Daily News that the project calls for modernizing the 40-bed unit with updated safety and technology features, and "quality-of-life" enhancements.
Hospital officials say the renovation is part of $84 million in upgrades already approved for federal funding.
The medical center provides medical care to more than 35,000 veterans a year at its campus, west of downtown Dayton.
Last week, two Ohio legislators took action to prevent an historical aircraft from being moved out of the state. That request was granted and so the plane that once served as Air Force One will stay in Dayton, Ohio.
The Boeing aircraft, known as SAM 26000, operated as Air Force One for Presidents Kennedy through Clinton. Since its retirement in 1998, it has found a home at the National Museum of United States Air Force in Dayton.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says work on a new building can go ahead in southwest Ohio.
Work on the $35.4 million expansion project was held up after another contractor filed a protest of the award to Turner Construction Co. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviewed the bid award and rejected the protest.