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Chennault Aviation And Military Museum - Tribute To Vets

  • Posted April 1, 2012 by Sara G in Museum. Viewed 6627 times

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The Chennault Aviation and War Museum held a long overdue tribute to our Vietnam Vets who did not get a “welcome home” when returned…Vets and families were honored with refreshments and a key chain medal of appreciation.

Chennault is named for our local General Claire Chennault from the WW11 era. General Chennault and The Flying Tigers were highly instrumental in WW11 as they volunteered to assist the Chinese that were being overrun by the Japanese.

This was an Army-Air Force Navigation school graduating over 15,000 of which over 1500 lost their lives. This was the largest and most complete training school in the United States. This museum is on the grounds and in one of the buildings still used when a base.

Daughter Kim and Drew looking at the planes and soldier equipment..

A really big machine gun

The uniforms were amazing

Don was in the Navy..his uniform was like the one up high..he still has his jacket..scratchy wool.

Our flag from the Revolutionary war..

Drew pointed out all the planes

I was showing Drew more planes

A local guy I went to school with is honored in this case…shows a lot of medals and pictures of his family..

P-47 Thunderbolt

Loved all the old phones and switchboard..this is memorabilia from WW11 at this base..where the museum is located..Pictures of dances..thus the shoes..and entertainment for the service men..

This is Selman Field..which was the base then and how it looked..The museum is on this property and is in one of these old barracks..added on other rooms for more displays..Our airport is here also..Delta Air Lines began here..Delta is the name of the flat low lands where cotton, soybeans, corn and other crops are grown in the rich soil left when the Mississippi River overflowed it's banks.

How it was…

I love the fighter simulator..

Really excited that I could pull back on the whatchamacallit and move the levers..

Kim enjoyed it too..

Flying ACE

Dignified uniform..

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    • # Ray

      Cool day! thanks for sharing this adventure. So often the sacrificies made on our behalf are not thought of at all or forgotten.

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    • # Sherij

      Cool!! I want to try the flight simulator with the BIG MACHINE GUN!! wa-hooo!!! thanks for the tour!!

      2012.04.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ann Garratty

      A fascinating exhibition Sara, we love visiting the ones we have here in England... Looking at the photo of Kim in No 3, you can see that Drew looks very much like his mum!

      2012.04.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Moira

      Fabulous set great report and tribute to those brave men and women.
      So did Drew get a toy plane he looked interested in them?

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    • # Josy

      Spectacular museum. I thank you for this sharing Sara... A great report

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    • # Trish

      wow....what a great museum with great memorabilia to honour those who served! very nice. note....u are so cute flying :))

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    • # Marsha

      Looks as though you all enjoyed the museum visit! Great photo documentation of this collection of war artifacts!

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    • # Rob Gant

      What a great set, i love it thanks for taking me along on your trip to the museum

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