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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Jerry Kenney

Actor, Anthony Edwards has signed on to take part in this week’s presentation of TOP GUN 3D at the new Air Force Museum Theater. Edwards, who played the role of Navy Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in the 1986 Paramount Pictures blockbuster, will co-present one of two scheduled screenings  of the new 3D version of TOP GUN. 

It’s all part of this year’s Film Festival of Aviation.  This week, I spoke with the festival’s founder, Ron Kaplan to get the run-down on this year’s entries, and the Air Force Museum's new big screen theater.

The national Air Force museum in southwest Ohio will close some galleries starting next month due to federal budget cuts.

The director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says the presidential and research and development galleries will be closed until further notice beginning May 1.

Museum Director Jack Hudson says popular exhibits in the affected galleries include President John F. Kennedy's Air Force One and the XB-70 Valkyrie. He says museum officials hope to reopen those galleries as soon as possible.

Thomas Griffin died in late February - he was one of 80 American servicemen who flew a legendary mission in World War Two.    They were known as Doolittle's Raiders.    Griffin lived in Cincinnati and he
was 96 years old.  Now only four members of that elite group survive.

WYSO aviation commentator Dan Patterson knew Griffin and tells us his story.

A general says automatic defense budget cuts will slow research and technology development and cancel some special night and weekend events at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio.

Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger leads the Air Force Materiel Command from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. She tells the Dayton Daily News the cuts likely will delay aircraft replacement and modernization, halt most flight testing and create a backlog in maintenance operations.

Presidential Aviating

Jan 21, 2013

Presidents and flight had a quiet start in the summer of 1909, when Orville returned to Ft. Myer to complete the Army trials that ended abruptly with his crash in September of the previous year.  The Army allowed the Wrights to return as they had already more than fulfilled the contract.  This time there were many observers, including fellow Ohioan President Williams Howard Taft.  A tent was set up, and he sat with the Wrights' sister Katharine.

Check out the Giant Scale Radio Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the National Museum of the US Air Force. See daring acrobatics performed by model jets, helicopters and warbirds during this three-day air show.

Tana Weingartner, WVXU

Dayton may have been passed over to receive a space shuttle but the National Museum of the United States Air Force now has the next best thing.

For more than 30 years Crew Compartment Trainer One was used to teach astronauts how to fly orbiters and operate equipment in space.

Astronaut Greg Johnson was on hand Wednesday as CCT-1 arrived on the NASA Super Guppy aircraft. Johnson says he spent almost more time in the trainer than in actual space.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for May 27, 2012 including the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Michael Bashaw winner in the individual artist category of the 2012 Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts.

-New Ohio Guide: Minerals, Mining, and Reclamation, by Sandra Sleight-Brennan

Courtesy of Zoot Theatre Company

Niki….Friday the 13th…..be careful of everything!!!

The Zoot Theatre Company presents The Pearl, Friday and Saturday in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster. The Pearl tells the story of Kino, a poor pearl diver who gets his hands on the “pearl of the world” and through his journey, discovers the greed and evil that comes with such a prize.

Actor Cliff Robertson, whose career spanned a half-century, died on Saturday at the age of 88.

Along with his lengthy acting career, Robertson was known for his love of aviation.  He was a frequent visitor to the Aviation Hall of Fame, located next to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  He would fly in his own place from New York to Dayton to attend the Hall of Fame's Enshrinement ceremonies.  His participation resulted in his own enshrinement in the Hall of Fame in 2006.

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