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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-17-2011 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Earlier this morning, Boeing announced that it will donate $5 million to the Air Force Museum Foundation. The donation will be used to help construct a new, 200,000-square-foot building at the museum that will house new exhibits covering the history of America's space program, the museum's collection of presidential aircraft, and the story of Air Force global reach, featuring cargo and tanker aircraft.

Boeing Company release

Boeing Announces $5M Donation to Air Force Museum Foundation

Gift Will Enable New Exhibits and Educational Programs

The Boeing Company announced today that it will donate $5 million to the Air Force Museum Foundation in three installments over the next three years. The foundation will deliver the funds to the U.S. Air Force for the benefit of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

"Boeing's people and products have built enduring bonds with generations of airmen, so it is only fitting that we demonstrate our support for the Air Force Museum Foundation and the U.S. Air Force in this way," said Chris Raymond, vice president of Business Development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "Boeing's continuing commitment to this nationally important museum will help preserve the legacy of the Air Force's contributions to freedom and ensure that its stories and lessons are shared with future generations."

The Air Force will use Boeing's donation to help construct a fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The new, 200,000-square-foot building will house exhibits covering three areas: the history of America's space program; the museum's collection of presidential aircraft; and the story of Air Force global reach, featuring cargo and tanker aircraft.

"We are extremely grateful for this major gift from The Boeing Company," said retired Lt. Gen. Richard V. Reynolds, president of the Air Force Museum Foundation. "This extraordinary act of generosity is a huge step in the effort to fund construction of the new building, and will ultimately enable the museum to do an even more phenomenal job of educating visitors on the U.S. Air Force."

The new building will allow the museum to develop much broader educational content. The museum plans to collaborate with NASA and a variety of educational organizations and institutions to develop programming focused on history, science, technology, engineering and math.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the service's national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. Each year, more than 1 million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history and evolving capabilities of America's Air Force.

The Air Force Museum Foundation was established in 1960 as a philanthropic, nonprofit organization to assist the museum when federal funds are not available.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 66,000 employees worldwide.

MarylandSpace
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posted 02-17-2011 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson in Dayton is a tremendous museum. I am pleased that Boeing made this worthwhile donation.

albatron
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posted 02-17-2011 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent news. The existing hangar(s) are pretty jammed packed.

kr4mula
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posted 02-18-2011 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A huge thank-you to Boeing for the gift. Now if Lockheed-Martin and Northtrop Grumman could get their competitive juices flowing, the Museum would be all set for funds.

My only problem with the new hangar proposal is that it completely isolates the research and development/experimental aircraft in the Museum's annex. Currently, those and the Presidential aircraft are a short bus ride from the main museum to a set of connected hangars. When the presidential aircraft are gone, I wonder how many people will bother to take the time (and be able to fit the schedule) for the bus ride to see these one-of-a-kind aircraft? The X-15 will move down to the new gallery to join the shuttle (should it come), but all the other really cool stuff (in my opinion) will be orphaned out there. A shame.

dabolton
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posted 02-21-2011 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Certainly the highlight of my trip was the Valkyrie.

rwhite502
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posted 02-22-2011 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rwhite502     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully, moving the Presidential aircraft to a new hanger will free up that space so the R&D aircraft can "spread their wings" into that adjoining hanger.

And yes, the XB-70 Valkyrie is a sight to see.

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