|Come on in for a history lesson - J and Bob Hope presenting|
|Lots of planes - we mean lots of planes|
|Literally - right next door to the March Air Reserve Base|
A well-conceived and easy accessible air museum located in Riverside County in Southern California is such a place. Hundreds of different aircraft, housed both within the confines of March Field Museum and in the acres surrounding the main building, offer visitors every type of flying machine imaginable.
Located right next door to the March Air Reserve Base, formerly known as March Air Force Base, the museum offers guests the chance to learn the history which helped shape the United States Air Force to this day.
|For all those who fight for our freedom in the air|
|Even memorials for our 4 footed soldiers|
One of the oldest still active bases in the United States being founded in February of 1918 as the Alessandro Flying Training Field. It was renamed in March of that same year for a pilot who was killed in an air crash in Texas. Second Lieutenant Peyton C. March had only fifteen days as a Lieutenant prior to the crash. His father also happened to be the Army Chief of Staff at the time of his son’s death.
|Soon to be Marilyn Monroe as a Rosie the Riveter|
In preparation for WWI the Army decided to build a number of facilities across the country and turn out a new fighting machine.
|Letter from Norma Jeane|
|Early training flights|
One special and large exhibit is depicting the Vietnam War where an entire section of the museum is set up as a base far from the main command. Walking through the camouflaged netting one can almost imagine being in a far off corner of Asia fighting a war that must have been a nightmare every single wakening day.
|Paul next to a helicopter within the shade|
|J - the smell of Napalm in the morning - what?|
|Say hello to my big little friends - right!|
As the day moved along so did our understanding of what a great country the United States is and always have been thanks to those who made sure to keep her safe.
At the March Field Museum one can not but wonder why someone would put themselves in harms way to protect a life sometimes taken for granted and sometimes not appreciated.
Not a political statement by J and L but simply an acknowledgement of those who have sacrificed so much.
|Type of plane Capt. Thornell was shot down in.|
And as stated in a previous blog - J's father, George T. Beyer served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
|J with his father's flight jacket on display at the March Field Museum|
|Paul says: "Take your time to enjoy or else!"|