American Airpower Museum creates “hands on” educational WWII aircraft through federal funds

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American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport creates “hands on” educational WW II aircraft through federal funds requested by Congressman Israel

Jeff Clyman, president of the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, New York, announced that a grant from the Institute of Museum Library Services requested by U.S. Congressman Steve Israel has permitted the museum to open its doors on a new “hands on” history experience designed to allow Long Island students to bridge the nearly six decades since their grandparents went to war to defend democracy.

The exhibit is a full scale replica of a World War II bomber, complete with gun positions, bombardier, radio and pilot positions, accompanied by text and audio visual aids that give students a better appreciation of a conflict that has defined this nation and the world for more than half a century.

Mr. Clyman stated that the airframe used in the presentation is not a World War II aircraft as those now cost millions of dollars and their use as an instructional device would be prohibitive. Rather, the original exhibit air frame was a maritime patrol bomber designed in the 1950′s by Grumman. After considerable reconstruction, the airframe now resembles the type of bombers America produced by the tens of thousands, and its interior is so complete that even “walk around” oxygen bottles used by the waist gunners of a B-17 have been placed into this display.

In addition, the entire fuselage has been put on top of a steel frame which can be relocated on heavy duty dolly wheels. This gives the museum the option of relocating the display from its hangar to schools and universities depending on scholarship contributions required to make transportation possible. Educators are invited to contact the museum through its web site, www.americanairpowermuseum.org or Facebook page to make field trip reservations as space is limited.

The museum is located at 1230 New Highway, south of Conklin Avenue, Farmingdale, and is open year round, Thursday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Flight operations are scheduled throughout the year with special emphasis on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and anniversaries that mark important dates in American history such as D-Day, V-J Day and December 7th. Donations are requested and group rates are available. Updated information is always on Facebook, and the museum’s web site is www.americanairpowermuseum.org