We are so thankful for such beautiful days this week!
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We are so thankful for such beautiful days this week!
Our intern Ellen had the opportunity to get her hands dirty with the museum volunteers on the C-119 last week! Thanks Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum for letting her work with you guys!
Two awesome military helicopters stopped to refuel here at the airport! You never know what kinds of cool aircraft come in to refuel!
Updated information regarding Museum Opening
OUR PLANS WERE TO REOPEN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1. UNFORTUNATELY, GOVERNOR HOLCOMB ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT WE WILL REMAIN IN STAGE 4.5 OF THE BACK ON TRACK INDIANA PLAN THROUGH AUGUST 27. THE MUSEUM WILL REOPEN ON THE FIRST SATURDAY ONCE WE ARE IN STAGE 5. SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION, BUT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS AND GUESTS COMES FIRST.
"It was actually the museum’s reason to bring [the C-119] to Columbus. During the World War II, this was an Air Force Army base and after the war it became an active air base, and the 434th troop carrier division was stationed here and that’s what they flew out of here - the C-119s like we brought back from Wyoming. So [it’s] in honor of the base, because we’re named the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum, to tell the history of what happened here in Columbus, Indiana. We had an opportunity to get the C-119 and bring it back home to Columbus Indiana, and we want to replicate the appearance of it to look like those that were stationed here during the fifties up to the late sixties"
-Pat Billey, when asked why the C-119 was brought to Columbus
Check out our Instagram stories today to answer questions about upcoming content! Instagram: @bak_columbusmunicipal
Looking for some more fun aviation resources during rainy days like these? Check out EAA's EAAtogether.org! They have lots of interesting live streams they will be holding this week for their Spirit of Aviation Week!
While we can’t gather in Oshkosh, we can still share the spirit of aviation. Spirit of Aviation Week on July 21-25 will celebrate the entire aviation community by showcasing the whole spectrum of flight in a virtual way.
Skip Taylor and Nick Firestone had the opportunity to get interviewed by WCSI about the C-119! Make sure to give it a listen!
"The biggest challenge we’ve got right now other than [getting the screws off] is to try to get [part of the wing box] open so that we can get the nests out of it. So [the wing box] sat for about 30 years, last flown in 1990, and the challenge is that birds and other animals made homes. And you can imagine, just like a barn, there are lots of remnants of those homes. So we’re trying to clean all of those out so it doesn’t just sit there and just steep in the sun. So, if we’re really good about this, we think we might have [the wing box] mated to [the fuselage] by the end of this month. And then our target is to try to get it over to its display site sometime in October"
- Skip Taylor, when asked about the challenges of the C119 rebuild
Another look into the C-119 - this time the cockpit!
Columbus Municipal Airport doesn't just host recreational pilots, we also have cargo planes that stop here too! Just like this Kalitta Charters II Cargo Jet that came in last week!
Thanks to all who came out for Gleaners! Wishing you an adventurous weekend! Let us know where you go!
New information from the museum:
We regret to inform you that out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our volunteers and visitors, in view of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum has changed its reopening plans. We are now planning to reopen Saturday, August 1st, 2020 and will be open Saturdays only, from 10am to 2pm, until further notice.
The Gleaners food pantry is TODAY! Make note to enter in from Cunningham on to Warren Drive (See map). See you soon!
The C-119 got featured in the Republic! What a great day that was!
The final pieces of a C-119 "Flying Boxcar" aircraft purchased by the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum have made it to Columbus, the culmination of months of planning and several trips to Wyoming to pick up parts of the disassembled plane.The 40,000-pound plane, which is not airworthy, was taken apart s...
Happy Monday! Check out the interior of our C-119. A lot of work needs to be done to get it back into shape! Keep up the good work Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum !
Wishing you a happy Independence Day and a relaxing holiday weekend!
📷: Brad Cottrell Photography
Have nothing to do? Check out this website for some interactive virtual tours from the Museum of Flight!
Matterport 3D ToursAccess the cockpits and interiors of our aircraft at your leisure. These 3D self-guided virtual tours were created by scanning the interior of the Museum's aircraft using the Matterport 3D Camera. Explore below, and stay tuned for future tours.
The final piece of C-119 has arrived! The wing box has come all the way from Wyoming, police escort and all!
For more pictures, check out our Instagram: @bak_columbusmunicipal
We are hosting Gleaners for another food pantry on July 8th. Mark your calendars! Reminder that this food pantry is not at the airport terminal building!
Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum
This is an excerpt from an article that appeared in today's issue of The Republic written by Andy East (photos added by Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum):
"The final pieces of a C-119 “Flying Boxcar” aircraft that the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum purchased last year were stuck for several days on the South Dakota-Iowa border waiting for Iowa officials to issue a permit to allow the parts to be driven across the state.
The 40,000-pound plane, which is not airworthy, was taken apart several months ago at an airport in Greybull, Wyoming, where the aircraft’s parts — including tail booms, engines and the fuselage — have been loaded on to trucks and driven 1,460 miles to Columbus Municipal Airport.
The final remaining parts of the disassembled aircraft departed Wyoming on Saturday include the plane’s propeller systems and the wing box, a centralized part of the plane that connects to several key parts of the aircraft, including the wings, fuselage, among others.
After being stuck on the Iowa border since at least Monday, Iowa officials issued a permit Thursday to allow the parts to be driven through the state, said Skip Taylor, a museum member who is leading the C-119 project. The delay in Iowa involved the width of the wing box, Taylor said.
As loaded on the trailer, the wing box is 38 feet long and 19 feet, 10 inches wide, taking up more than one lane of road, Taylor said. The width of a standard freeway lane in the United States is 12 feet, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
Currently, Taylor anticipates that the parts will arrive at Columbus Municipal Airport on Wednesday.
Once in Columbus, the aircraft will be reassembled, restored and put on public display just south of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II aircraft now at the Columbus Municipal Airport."
Another great aerial shot sent in to us! Check out those soccer fields! We can't wait for them to be done!
Every few months the National Guard does parachute drills at the airport. Here's a look back at the two Black Hawks that we saw this past drill.
Look at that view! A great picture sent in to us! Keep them coming!
Notice anything new? We put in some new gravel to replace the old mulch! Come check out the sparkly new stones when you're on your way to Blackerby's Hangar 5!
Like this picture? Check out our instagram @bak_columbusmunicipal for a behind the scenes look at how we took it!
Keep your eyes on the sky this weekend! The Red Star Pilots Association has come to Columbus to practice formation training! For more information on the group, check out flyredstar.org
Meet the interns: Ellen Carson
Hi! My name is Ellen Carson and I am from Columbus, Indiana. I am currently attending Purdue University as an upcoming Junior. I am majoring in Aeronautical Engineering Technology with a minor in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science. I am the Administrative Intern and most of the time you can find me in the airport office. My love for aviation stems from engagement in Aviation Nation in high school, helping to build the RV-12 plane, as well as a passion for spacecraft and space travel. This summer I am looking forward to gaining experience in the aviation community and working from a management perspective.
The office staff had an opportunity to check out the progress being made on the C-119!
Meet the interns: Cole Lemley
Hello, my name is Cole Lemley and I am an Airport Maintenance Intern. I am from Columbus, Indiana and am going into my Junior year at Purdue University to study Aviation Management. I like aviation because being able to pack up and fly across the world in a day is an experience few humans in history have had. I’m looking forward to learning as much as possible about airport maintenance and daily duties an airport is responsible for.
Meet the interns: Justin Hopper
Hello! I am Justin Hopper and I am from Shelbyville, Illinois. I am currently attending Indiana State University, and will be a Senior this coming fall semester. I am dual majoring in Aviation Management and Unmanned Systems. This summer I am a Maintenance Intern. My love for aviation comes from my friends who are very involved with aviation, my family members who would share stories of when they served in the military, and the interest of wanting to do something exciting for my career. This summer I am looking forward to learning the skills and knowledge for the operation and maintenance of the airport, and the ability to take these skills and apply them to my future career.
EAA - The Spirit of Aviation
Join our WomenVenture virtual group photo! Send us a photo of yourself celebrating your favorite aviation moment, and we’ll make a collage of all the photos we receive. The deadline to submit photos is July 1, 2020. Submit photo: https://www.eaatogether.org/WomenVenturePhoto #EAAtogether
Special thanks to one of our tenants for taking this fantastic aerial from his hot air balloon! So cool!
Gleaners food pantry is today from 4-6 pm! Make note to enter in from Cunningham on to Warren Drive. See you soon!
We are making great progress on the new BCSC soccer fields!
We enjoyed a peaceful sunset this past Thursday evening!
Have any great pictures of the airport? Send them our way!
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