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A Day at an Aviation Museum

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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Around The Pattern With More Airplanes

Those of you who have been visiting this site for a while have, I hope, noticed that I recently made a few design changes in an effort to get a little more aviation into this aviation blog. I have four boxes of 35mm slides that I have taken over the years, beginning in the early 1970s, and I finally got around to converting some of them to digital format. There were about 100 slides with airplanes or aviation as the main subject,  so I decided to rotate them through on the sidebars of the blog. iPhone reflection in the side of a Globe Swift.You can use it as a poor-man’s Name The Plane game ala AirPigz. Make your educated guess on the type of plane and then put your cursor over the photo to get the answer. Some are very easy and others are more obscure, but all were flying aircraft when the photo was taken. So far,  there are only three photos in the collection which aren’t of a single aircraft and only three photos that I didn’t take personally. As part of my NY resolutions, I plan to attend more airshows and will increase the number of different photos, but it should be a while before I cycle through to the beginning of the current collection.  I’ll change the photos every few days. If you feel that I have misidentified an airplane, please let me know and if you have a photo or two of something obscure that would make a good candidate, please let me know and I’ll include it in the collection.

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