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Take a Virtual Aerospace Tour (December 2009)

Posted December 01, 2009 1:00 PM by Ron

Ready to fly away from your cubicle yet? Ron Darner, a longtime CR4er who serves as the newsletter editor for Chapter 320 (Watertown, Wisconsin) of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), is ready to take us another virtual aerospace tour. So fasten your seatbelts, folks. This time, we're traveling through time.

Warbirds Resource Group

Here's another of those "coincidental" finds. While I was on a website / forum for collectors of old tools, a discussion went off on a tangent about World War II tool rolls made for supporting Packard-built Merlin engines. Well, that thread contained a link to a series of photos, and I found myself at Warbirds Resource Group.

This web site is worth a look or two, especially if you're a military aviation enthusiast. Does it have anything that you actually need? Maybe not. Then again, it has a lot of darned interesting stuff, some of which might actually fill a gap in your knowledge. For example, if you take a look at the Resource Centers section on the middle-left of the page, you'll find a link to a great page about the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

Here's another great website that I reached by various links. The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) is located in Hood River, Oregon, but you don't have to visit the Beaver State to see some great sights. Videos on the museum's home page and YouTube channel are both informative and enjoyable. The WAAAM is still relatively new, but already has a large and impressive collection – and a "keep 'em flying" philosophy that aviation enthusiasts will appreciate.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Ron Darner for sharing this story. If you'd like to subscribe to Ron's newsletter, click here to send him a private message on CR4.

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