Youngsters walk through aviation history at Heritage In Flight
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When two Head Start groups
visited the Heritage In Flight Museum on Tuesday, the children saw
things they had never imagined. It was a walk through aviation
history, seeing equipment, uniforms, gadgets, flags, aircraft,
vehicles and more.
Museum members JoAnne Marlin and Rick Naugle served as tour guides
for the day.
The youth enjoyed museum displays in three adjacent locations on
the Logan County Airport grounds. While viewing the primary
displays, the young students walked the wooden floorboards of a
historic barracks structure that was brought from Camp Ellis to the
airport following World War II.
The museum features numerous model airplanes throughout. Some sit
on counters, but the kids noticed the ones displayed hanging from
the ceilings as well.
"They just loved all the airplanes really, from the ceiling, any
of them," Marlin said.
Some kids were quick to say, "I've flown in an airplane," and
then held up so many fingers for the number of times.
The kids enjoyed seeing additional items such as artistically
re-created, painted aircraft cowlings, authentic vintage vehicles
and motorized equipment, and pilot uniforms that are housed in the
And, of course a kid's favorite in the hangar is a real-life
scale model of an airplane that they can sit in and actually
control. The simulator was made fully functional by mechanic Rick
Naugle. Its control inputs make the plane move the same as a real
photos from the 2012 Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival.)
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The children also got the sense of the size of fighter jets and
other gigantic aircraft like the C-45 in their close-up to those
that are part of the line of vehicles and aircraft located just
across the taxiway from the museum.
But being kids, what really caught their attention?
"We had to laugh. Remember these kids are 3-, 4-, 5-year-olds,"
Marlin said. "Well, they sure have good eyes, as they spotted and
counted how many ladybugs were in the display cases."
Heritage In Flight Museum is located
adjacent to the Route 66 Mother Road on Lincoln's northeast side.
Its outdoor static displays have
descriptive markers and are open for viewing 24/7, 365 days a year.
To schedule a tour, call 217-732-3333
and leave a message.
If you visit the Heritage In Flight
http://www.heritageinflight.org/, you will find pictures in the
gallery and more information.