|A-7E Corsair II|
|Jupiter C IRBM (Lucy for scale)|
|Jupiter C Thrust Bell and Engine|
|USAF F-105D Thunderchief|
|Little Joe with Mercury test capsule|
|USAF RF-4C Recon Phantom II|
|Nike Ajax SAM and Launcher|
I'll not bother asking why long-retired curators saw fit to expose these once-fearsome weapons to the elements in so callous a fashion. I will, however, stand and ask that measures be taken--and soon--for their restoration and preservation. These are rare, nigh-priceless relics of the Cold War; if at all possible they must be saved from the literal dustbin of history!
And the Park itself? Is it relevant in our modern world to preserve these pieces of aerospace history? Should we endeavor to preserve the past or simply stand back and watch as that past rusts and corrodes away? I think history IS relevant, and rather than witnessing the slow death of these exhibits we should work to preserve these airframes. Not only that, we should ADD to their numbers; it has been too long since a new aircraft, missile or booster rocket has been added to this collection.
I think it's past time for an upgrade.
|Nike Hercules SAM and Launcher|
I have come to the Air Power Park today for purposes of nostalgic recollection; to remember for a time that long ago day when a small boy stood in the rain and gazed in wonder at shining aircraft and impossibly-tall rockets. Leaving by the rusted gate, my purpose is changed; I intend to speak for the silent ghosts that stand guard; I'll try to save the rusting rockets and work to bring new vehicles to join them on these acres. Perhaps I'll fail in this pursuit--it certainly won't be easy--but I'll give it my best effort.
In this area, rich in aviation history and military--both active duty and retired--I ought to be able to find others interested in re-invigorating the Air Power Park. I think it's time to get busy.
|U.S. Army Corporal IRBM|
|The Author and a Mercury Capsule "Test Unit"|