We had beautiful weather last weekend and had an opportunity to meet some new friends we had made on Twitter, so we drove down to Sacramento and spent a day looking at airplanes and further establishing the friendships. We started out with a few hours at the Aerospace Museum of Sacramento located at McClellan Airport (MCC), what used to be McClellan Air Force Base. They have a very nice museum building, clean and modern with very friendly workers and a nice store filled with aviation goodies. The entry fee for adults is $8 and there are various discounts for children and seniors (over 65). [This is another long post, but I have included plenty of photos, and each photo links to a larger version.]

After passing from the lobby into the indoor display area you find yourself in a large open area with aviation displays positioned throughout the room. Le Rhône Rotary engine circa 1916.

This photo is of a Le Rhône Rotary engine on display. I don’t remember what the display sign said, but according to this aviation history site it appears to be the 110 HP version.  the engine was made circa 1916 and is one of the unique early “round” engines in which the cylinders rotate around the crankshaft. This display model allows you to rotate the whole assembly and see how it works. In the background you can just make out a beautifully restored 1932 Curtiss-Wright B-14-B “Speedmail”. Behind the aircraft you can see the doors that open from the entrance lobby.

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