On Friday, May 18th, Bill Coombes, Paul Cooper and I, visited the Hangar 25 Museum in Big Spring to do some archival research about “our” AT-11. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find any documentation relevant to her, but we did get some information about items and suppliers for our up-and-coming PX.
Bil Coombes researching yearbooks at the Hangar 25 Museum.
Paul Cooper perusing a yearbook at the Hangar 25 Museum.
AT-11 Hangar 25 Museum
Interior of the AT-11, Hangar 25 Museum
The museum was fortunate to have 108 second graders, teachers and parents visit today during their spring field trip. After an introduction to the museum, the students were broken down into six groups and escorted by docents around the museum. The tour pattern, devised by H.A. Tuck for previous group tours, was once again the key to an enjoyable visit. The kids were bright, well-behaved and inquisitive, and we would welcome them back anytime.
After the tour they enjoyed a picnic lunch in the outdoor chapel and then back on the bus for their next stop.
Many thanks to the HSW members who helped out today: Steve Bolin, Tresa Bolin, Ralph Gillette, Donnie Haeffner, Lyle Thornton, H.A. Tuck, and Randy Wilson. It doesn’t get done without you!
Some of the second graders from Carver Center School who visited the museum today.
The Midland Army Air Field Museum experienced it’s best one day attendance without a special event, on Saturday. 176 visitors graced our doors. While we were expecting a group of 24 middle school students and their teachers and chaperones from Lubbock, we were not expecting a large group of folks from the active Chinese community in Midland. Many thanks go to H.A. Tuck and Randy Wilson for their professional handling of these large numbers of visitors. And while they were not able to give individual tours of the museum as we usually do, H.A. and Randy went “above and beyond” with their group presentations, in addition to providing good customer service to the individual members of the public that visited on Saturday.
Randy Wilson introduces some members of the Chinese community to our museum on May 5th.
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The February Wing meeting took place last night in the Gunfighter Pub, and if you weren’t there you missed out on some good information.
In addition to the usual Officer reports, Education Officer Greg Gutting made a brief presentation about “Kilroy was here” (Grades earned on the quiz were not released.); Wing Leader Brent Collins addressed questions and concerns about the potential move from the Commemorative Center; and Executive Officer Michael Clinton presented a (very)rough draft of a revised High Sky Wing logo. If you have some ideas for a new logo, please contact Michael or one of the other staff officers. It is still an idea in development and could use your input.
Development Officer Gena Linebarger, who is also the chairperson for Airsho, announced that Anadarko Petroleum has signed a contract to be the presenting sponsor of Airsho for the next few years. This is great news and allows Gena and her committee members to charge full steam ahead for the Sept 15-16, 2018 Airsho.
Gena also brought everyone up to date on Hops ‘n Props, which is happening on April 7th. If you haven’t yet signed up on the duty roster for that event, contact Gena to find out where you are needed.
HSW staff will be attending the Wing Staff Conference in Dallas from March 1-4 and is looking forward to bringing back information that will help us move onward and upward.