Chronology of Flight Room – A New “Work in Progress”

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Visitors to AeroKnow Museum’s ground floor office find a “Whitman’s Sampler” of resources available in the rest of AKM’s rooms upstairs. The following pictures give you an idea of what these rooms are all about . . .

Intake Room - Here's where material coming INto the collection is sorted and  initially aranged.

Intake Room – Here’s where material coming INto the collection is sorted and initially arranged.

 

Process Room -- Documents, photos, slides and negatives are scanned;copied into digital format media in the area on the left. Model planes are restored and built in the area on the rightme dia in the are

Process Room — Documents, photos, slides and negatives are scanned;copied into digital format media in the area on the left. Model
planes are restored and built in the area on the right. 

Research Room  -- File cabinets contain thousands of articles and clipping about aircraft all over the world; also aviation people. In addition, volumes along the top of the file  cabinets contain the collection of 35mm slides of aircraft and related subjects.

Research Room — File cabinets contain thousands of articles and clipping about aircraft all over the world; also aviation people. In addition, volumes along the top of the file cabinets contain the collection of 35mm slides of aircraft and related subjects.

Kits room contans unbult static display and flying model kits dating back to the mid-30s

Kits room contains unbuilt static display and flying model kits dating back to the mid-30s

 

 

Periodicals Room contains aviation magazines dating back to 1910. Most are indexed and cross-indexed.

Periodicals Room contains aviation magazines dating back to 1910. Most are indexed and cross-indexed.

Miscellaneous Room - where hardback and softcover books, large-size printed resources (including flying model plans, scale drawings etc.) and files about human space flight, combat groups and much more are kept.

Miscellaneous Room – where hardback and softcover books, large-size printed resources (including flying model plans, scale drawings etc.) and files about human space flight, combat groups and much more are kept.

 

Down the hall, the room we hope to share as the Chronology of Flight Room is located.

Down the hall on the immediate left, is where the room we hope to share as the Chronology of Flight Room is located.

 

 View from the hallway door to the new Chronology of Flight room

View from the hallway door to the new Chronology of Flight Room

DSC00082What I am paid  by my current employer does not allow me to pay for this room out of my pockets. That’s why I’m asking for help. The room is secure, locked. The challenge is to purchase material for shelves like those in the downstairs office.  The challenge is also to find and  engage volunteers to help process materials here, serve as visitor escorts and more. Before August 1 I need to  recruit $500 in financial contributions from you and your friends/associates. I also need to recruit volunteer help totaling SIX HOURS before August 1st. Time will be counted after you learn and understand what needs to be done and you begin to engage the task(s).  I will be delighted if some one person  wants to help six hours. I will be equally delighted if six people want to help an hour per person after initial training.  Contact akm@eosinc.com if you want to contribute  some dollars, some hours or both. I will keep you updated here at this blog and at Facebook regarding how things are going. If we don’t raise  $500 by August 5, I will refund your contribution  or use it for other work here at AKM. The choice is yours. If we don’t recruit volunteers  to contribute six hours of time, by August 1,   I will buy lunch for those who helped.

I will describe my ideas for the room in future posts here. In the meantime, your feedback is welcome via comments here or Facebook messaging to Job Conger, the guy in the P-38 cockpit. Your contributions are welcome too.

Thanks for reading this post.

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About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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