April 25 – P-51D of Air Combat Museum

Monday, April 25  — In at 6:50, clear and windy. Took the office trash out and went dumpster diving in the dumpster behind the hangar when I saw a Wall Street Journal facing up that looked clean and hadn’t been given away. Asked Todd and James at the  front desk to get the word out that if a client or passenger doesn’t take a WSJ by the end of the day, to  put it under my door. NOT a BiG DEAL; if I wanted it bad enough, I’d subscribe to it myself. Worked on magazines upstairs and discovered/invented a use for plastic name tag holders. I modify them to hold magazine cartons arranged on shelves. I am producing computer-made signs for them. It will be 100% IMPROVEMENT in the way things look in the Magazines Room. ‘Twas a VERY FOCUSED DAY of PROGRESS. Arranged a room to work with volunteer Martin M. who gave an honest two hours of focused organizing and inventorying of some extra aviation mags. I think I’m putting on weight, so I had nothing to eat all day but a few hands full of popcorn – nicely popped of course – from the lobby machine. Processed V-22 pics from 2015 and was visited 20 minutes apart by separate medevac Bell 406 pilots, one of whom used to fly AH-64 in Afghanistan. Took a few fast pics of a Beech Musketeer, sub-nominally parked close to the fence on the ramp. Weather was windy and warm all day. Back to magazines for the rest of the day. Went home at 8:10.  Day rating: A

Driving into AKM today I saw the Air Combat Museum’s P-51D, uncowled, on their ramp. After parking, walked over and took pictures. Here are some of the best. Mike George has hired a new A&P named Dennis, so the hangar is open most week days.

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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