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VROC Reunion Rally 2015: Returning Home – Mount Vernon, OH to Warren, PA

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 23; the post was published on October 30.]

Today is the final day of our 13-day vacation. We are traveling home from the VROC Reunion Rally, which was held in Eureka Springs, AR.

 

We departed Mount Vernon OH around 8:00 am, en route home.  Approximately 2 hours later we were stuck in Canton, OH without power steering. I am thankful that the power steering went out where it did. We were approaching I-77, when I lost the power steering. I was able to safely make my way into a CVS parking lot. I am thankful I didn’t lose the power steering, while on the Interstate! I am thankful, too, for Triple A. There is a commercial about State Farm that says “like a good neighbor State Farm is there”. I can say the same thing about Triple A. Within 45 minutes after my call to Triple A, my car was on a flatbed truck en route Hills & Dales AutoCare.

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Triple A is loading my car onto a flatbed trailer at the CVS parking lot.
(Photo by Bob)

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My car on the flatbed truck at the CVS parking lot
(Photo by Bob)

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Canton, OH
Unloading my car from flatbed trailer at the Hills & Dales Full Service Auto Center

We have Basic AAA coverage. The first 3 miles was free towing. Each mile thereafter was $4.25/mile. The auto repair facility was located only 6 miles from where we were stranded. The work order indicated that we were towed in to Hills & Dales at 11:30 am. We were back on the road again at 12:51 pm. The cause, as explained to Bob by the technician at Hills & Dales, was that the plastic idler pulley that was attached to the bearing broke apart, resulting in the belt slipping off. The belt was replaced along with the pulley.  Hills & Dales is a courteous, professional top notch full service auto center.  They got us quickly on the road again with a difficult repair job that Bob couldn’t have done himself.  Thanks guys!!!

Bob discovered, while waiting for the car to be repaired, that he was missing his Discover card. We determined that Bob had to have left the card behind at WineStein, in Mount Vernon OH, at dinner last night.  After a few calls, Bob was able to make contact with someone in the restaurant. Yes, his Discover card was there. The restaurant mailed the card to Bob by certified mail.

We had no other problems on the way home.

20150923_182817436_iOSPennsylvania Welcome Center
Middlesex, PA
I was happy, when we crossed the Ohio-Pennsylvania border into Pennsylvania.

 

We returned home around 5:15 pm. I drove approximately 250 miles today.

Today’s route:

All total, I drove a total of 2,440.3 miles since Friday, September 11.  Feeling extremely fatigued, I went to bed at 7:30 pm.

This blog post marks the end of our 13-day vacation.  I hope that you have enjoyed the journey!

VROC Reunion Rally 2015: Returning Home – Dayton, OH to Mount Vernon, OH

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 22; the post was published on October 29.]

Today is Day 12 of our 13-day vacation. We are traveling home from the VROC Reunion Rally, which was held in Eureka Springs, AR.

 

We departed the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH at 2:00 pm, en route home.

I took only one photograph along the way.

20150922_185504976_iOSThis scene in Dublin, OH caught my eye.

 

We made it as far as Mount Vernon, OH. My knee hurt from walking on the concrete floors of the Air Force Museum for 3+ hours. I might have been able to drive farther, if it wasn’t my right knee being in pain. My right leg is used to press on the gas and brake pedals. Bob really wishes we had made it home tonight. He said “everyone else has made it home from Eureka Springs, even Shannon and Ryan and they live in Hawaii!”

We checked into Comfort Inn in Mount Vernon at 4:30 pm.   We were familiar with this hotel, as we stayed here in June 2009 on our way home from Richmond, KY where we had attended a VROC motorcycle rally.

We drove 132 miles today, counting the mileage from our hotel in South Dayton to the museum and from the museum to Mount Vernon, OH.  Here is the route we took from the museum to Mount Vernon.

After resting for about 1 ½ hours, we walked to WineStein, located next door to the hotel.

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Bob and I at WineStein

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We ate dinner at WineStein. Bob ordered a gourmet cheeseburger with a side salad. I ordered a grilled chicken breast with peanut sauce, southwestern au gratin potatoes and green beans. The atmosphere was relaxing; service was good; and dinner was delicious. After dinner, we walked a short distance to Whit’s for dessert. We had custard ice cream, which was not soft serve as we have been accustomed to. Whit’s custard ice cream is served as a scoop.

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 On our way back to the hotel from Whit’s,
I had to stop and take a picture of this bridge and moon reflecting in the water.

We spent rest of the evening in our hotel room. There were two room amenities that I particularly liked in this hotel.

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The bedside lamps included reading lights.

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The refrigerator was larger than those found in most hotel rooms.

 

VROC Reunion Rally 2015: Returning Home – National Museum of the US Air Force, Part 5

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 22; the post was published on October 28.]

Today is Day 12 of our 13-day vacation. We are traveling home from the VROC Reunion Rally, which was held in Eureka Springs, AR.

We visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH today.  In previous blog posts I shared photographs from the Presidential and R&D Galleries, from the Early Year’s Gallery and the World War II Gallery, from the Korean War Gallery, and from the Southeast Asia War Gallery.  In today’s blog post I will wrap up our tour of the museum by sharing photographs from the Cold War, Space and Missile Galleries.

 

According to the National Museum of the US Air Force website, “[t]he Eugene W. Kettering Cold War Gallery features aircraft that span the years of the Cold War and reveal how technological achievements of the era led to the advanced systems being applied in modern combat. The gallery’s aircraft collection presents a broad range of platforms, such as fighters, long-range bombers, attack aircraft, reconnaissance, heavy airlift and trainers. Modern aircraft on display include the world’s only permanent public display of a B-2 stealth bomber.”

We began our tour of the Cold War Gallery by walking through the Berlin Airlift exhibit.

_LG18603 4x6Berlin: City Held Hostage

The Cold War Gallery appeared crowded to me. The crowded appearance is most likely the result of exhibits placed here that will be moved elsewhere in June 2016.

_LG18605 4x6Northrop F-89J Scorpion
with Allison J35-A-35A Turbojet engine

_LG18606 4x6Northrop B-2 Spirit

_LG18619 4x6Lockheed AC-130A Spectre

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Berlin Wall

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_LG18626 4x6Convair F-102A Delta Dagger

The Space Gallery is currently housed within the Cold War Gallery.  The aircraft and exhibits in the Space Gallery will be moved to the museum’s new fourth building when it opens in June 2016.

According to the National Museum of the US Air Force website, “[t]he Space Gallery showcases the Space Shuttle Exhibit featuring NASA’s first Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT-1), a high-fidelity representation of a space shuttle crew station used primarily for on-orbit crew training and engineering evaluations. As a major exhibit component of that gallery, visitors will be able to walk onto a full-size representation of a NASA space shuttle payload bay and look inside the CCT-1 cockpit and mid-deck areas. The gallery also includes a Titan IVB space launch vehicle, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft, and many other NASA artifacts and a variety of astronaut equipment. A range of satellites and related items will showcase the Air Force’s vast reconnaissance, early warning, communications and other space-based capabilities.”

_LG18628 4x6Apollo 15 Command Module

_LG18629 4x6Gemini Spacecraft

_LG18625 4x6HEXAGON: KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite

 

 

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Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer

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What follows are a few photographs that I took, while we were on the Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer.

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There was a good view of the Cold War Gallery from the Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer.

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I can identify two aircraft in the photograph shown above: the Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (service personnel standing in front of) and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29A.

 

According to the National Museum of the US Air Force website, “the Missile Gallery is contained in a silo-like structure that stands 140 feet high. Visitors can view missiles such as the Titan I and II and Jupiter from ground level or can take in an aerial view from an elevated platform that hugs the inside circumference of the gallery.”

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Missile Gallery

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The National Museum of the US Air Force is a very cool place to visit. The museum is huge!  No way can you see everything in a day, let alone a few hours!

Before leaving the museum, we ate lunch (cheeseburgers, French fries/onion rings and chocolate cake) in the Valkyrie Cafe.

 

VROC Reunion Rally 2015: Returning Home – National Museum of the US Air Force, Part 4

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 22; the post was published on October 27.]

Today is Day 12 of our 13-day vacation. We are traveling home from the VROC Reunion Rally, which was held in Eureka Springs, AR.

We visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH today.  In previous blog posts I shared photographs from the Presidential and R&D Galleries, from the Early Year’s Gallery and the World War II Gallery, and from the Korean War Gallery.  In today’s blog post I will share photographs from the Southeast Asia War Gallery.

 

According to the National Museum of the US Air Force website, “[i]n the Southeast Asia War Gallery, visitors can view aircraft and exhibits that convey the U.S. Air Force’s involvement in the conflict. Key air campaigns such as Operation Rolling Thunder and Operation Linebacker I and II – the latter of which applied enough pressure on North Vietnam to compel them to an eventual cease-fire – are examples of significant operations featured in the Southeast Asia War section. The area displays aircraft such as a B-52D, which participated in Operation Linebacker I and II; workhorse fighters such as the F-4C flown by then-Col. Robin Olds and the F-105; and fighters flown against the Air Force by North Vietnam.”

_LG18575 4x6Boeing B-52D Stratofortress

_LG18577 4x6North American F-100F Super Sabre

_LG18578 4x6McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo

_LG18581 4x6Douglas B-26K (A-26) Counter Invader

_LG18582 4x6North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco

_LG18583 4x6Bell UH-1P Iroquois

_LG18585 4x6Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant

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Fairchild C-123K Provider
Close-up picture shows nose art

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_LG18593 4x6Republic F-105D Thunderchief

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The Thunderbuzzards

_LG18597 4x6McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II

_LG18599 4x6Lockheed EC-121D Constellation

_LG18600 4x6Republic F-105G Thunderchief

 

TO BE CONTINUED

VROC Reunion Rally 2015: Returning Home – National Museum of the US Air Force, Part 3

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 22; the post was published on October 26.]

Today is Day 12 of our 13-day vacation. We are traveling home from the VROC Reunion Rally, which was held in Eureka Springs, AR.

We visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH today.  In previous blog posts I shared photographs from the Presidential and R&D Galleries and from the Early Year’s Gallery and the World War II Gallery.  In today’s blog post I will share photographs from the Korean War Gallery.

 

According to the National Museum of the US Air Force website “[t]he Korean War Gallery contains aircraft and exhibits that tell the story of the U.S. Air Force’s role and performance in that conflict. Visitors can immerse themselves in a storyline that reflects the emergence of the modern Air Force as the service experienced significant changes in roles, tactics and technology during the war. The conflict’s two most striking symbols of air power on both sides – the F-86A Sabre and the MiG-15 – are on display next to each other. Mannequins used in exhibits depict both everyday moments in the lives of airmen as well as historical images, such as the famous photo featuring pilots headed to the flight line as they walk under the MiG Alley sign.”

 

_LG18560 4x6Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

_LG18561 4x6Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star

_LG18563 4x6North American F-86A Sabre

and MiG Alley

_LG18564 4x6Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis

_LG18566 4X6Republic F-84E Thunderjet

_LG18570 4X6B-29 Walk-Through Fuselage

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_LG18567 4X6Two bombs are shown here:
the VB-13 Tarzon Bomb
and the VB-3 Razon Bomb.

_LG18568 4X6B-29 “Command Decision” nose art

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Barracks Tent
with Douglas C-124 Globemaster II behind it

 

TO BE CONTINUED

 

VROC Reunion Rally 2015 – Returning Home: National Museum of the US Air Force, Part 2

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 22; the post was published on October 23.]

Today is Day 12 of our 13-day vacation. We are traveling home from the VROC Reunion Rally, which was held in Eureka Springs, AR.

We visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH today.  In yesterday’s blog post, I shared photographs from the Presidential and R&D Galleries.  In today’s blog post I will share photographs from the Early Year’s Gallery and the World War II Gallery.

When we returned to the main museum complex from the Presidential and R&D Galleries, the shuttle bus left us off at the entrance to the museum.

_LG18543 4x6Entrance to the National Museum of the US Air Force

According to the museum’s website, the “Early Years Gallery conveys the magic and wonder of the formative days of military air power. The gallery’s aircraft collection, exhibits and artifacts combine to capture the spirit of imagination of that transformational era, chronicling the time from the Wright brothers and their contemporaries, through World War I and to the lead up to World War II.”

_LG18545 4x6Wright 1909 Military Flyer
and
Curtiss 1911 Model D

Only the exhibits at the entrance to the Early Years Gallery were open to the public, when we visited the museum.  Rest of the Early Years Gallery displays were blocked off from visitors.

 

According to the museum’s website, “[h]arrowing and courageous moments are captured in the museum’s World War II Gallery, which houses one of the world’s top collections of WWII aircraft and a variety of engaging and evocative exhibits to tell the proud story of the U.S. Army Air Forces during the war. The gallery captures the pivotal moments, campaigns and figures of U.S. Army Air Forces’ air power in both the Pacific and European Theaters.”

_LG18559 4x6Curtiss P-40E Warhawk

_LG18556 4x6Consolidated B-24D Liberator

_LG18555 4x6Fieseler Fi-156C-1 Storch

_LG18554 4x6Republic P-47D

_LG18553 4x6Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

_LG18552 4x6French “Forty and Eight” Railroad Car

_LG18551 4x6Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman

_LG18550 4x6Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe

_LG18549 4x6Douglas A-20G Havoc

_LG18548 4x6Boeing B-29 Superfortress

_LG18547 4x6Kawanishi N1K2-Ja Shiden Kai

TO BE CONTINUED

VROC Reunion Rally 2015: Returning Home – National Museum of the US Air Force, Part 1

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 22; the post was published on October 22.]

Today is Day 12 of our 13-day vacation. We are traveling home from the VROC Reunion Rally, which was held in Eureka Springs, AR.

 

We visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force today. The museum was located an approximate 20-minute drive from the Best Western Plus Dayton South, where we had spent the previous night.  We arrived about 20 minutes before the museum’s opening time of 9:00 am. Our first order of business, as soon as the museum opened, was to register for the shuttle bus service to the Presidential and R&D Galleries that are located on the controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The first shuttle bus to the Presidential and R&D Galleries departed at 9:20 am, after a short briefing in the Carney Auditorium. We were registered as the third and fourth passengers.

According to the museum website, the “Presidential Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to view an historic collection of presidential aircraft, and walk through four of them including aircraft used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower as well as the Boeing VC-137C also known as SAM (Special Air Mission) 26000, which was used by eight presidents — Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton — in addition to carrying heads of state, diplomats and other dignitaries and officials, on many historic journeys.”

_LG18514 4x6Douglas VC-54C “Sacred Cow”

_LG18515 4x6Lockheed VC-140B JetStar

_LG18530 4x6Bob, exiting JetStar

_LG18517 4x6Located next in line beyond the JetStar is the
Lockheed VC-121E Columbine III

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Lockheed VC-121E Columbine III

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_LG18531 4x6Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000

WP_20150922_001I am about to enter the SAM aircraft.

_LG18521 4x6Aero Commander U-4B

_LG18522 4x6Douglas VC-118 Independence

This next aircraft was on display in the Presidential Gallery.  I believe, however, that it belongs in the R&D Gallery.  The display is listed as part of the R&D Gallery in the museum website.

_LG18529 4x6Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar

According to the museum’s website the “Research & Development Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to view … aerospace vehicles [that] represent advances in technological problem solving and will increase the museum’s opportunities to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes and principles.”

_LG18532 4x6Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3

_LG18533 4x6Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II

_LG18534 4x6General Dynamics NF-16A AFTI

_LG18535 4x6North American F-107A

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VB-9 Guided Missile

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Ryan X-13 Vertijet

_LG18538 4X6Martin X-24B

_LG18541 4x6North American XB-70 Valkyrie
and
Northrop Tacit Blue

The Valkyrie could fly three times the speed of sound and was used as a research aircraft for the advanced study of aerodynamics, propulsion and other subjects. This is the world’s only remaining XB-70.

The shuttle bus service will soon end. The Presidential and R&D Galleries will close beginning Oct. 1, 2015. The aircraft and exhibits in these galleries will re-open as part of the fourth building on the main museum campus in June 2016.

We returned to the main museum campus at approximately 10:30 am.

***TO BE CONTINUED***

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