Ongoing August 22, 2018

AK428--5I am sorry for creating the impression that AeroKnow Museum has disappeared. AKM and yours truly are still here, still getting settled into AMM428, Obvious at this time are two new “realities:”


The first is that even with a shoehorn I cannot arrange AKMground (ground floor at 428)  rooms of wide hall, reading room and local history nook (formerly a breakfast nook) to accommodate all resources slated for the low-humidity part of our new home. The FBO signs once displayed on the outside of the FBO where we were based are now part of the living room/front room. Furniture there has been  moved forward so that many large boxes full of kits may be stored behind. When we install TWO dehumidifiers in 428down (basement) those boxes will be relocated. In the unlikely event that friends who are NOT connected to aviation come to visit, most of the flat materials in that room will be moved out of the way elsewhere.


The second is that we will not discard the thousands of magazine clippings related to aircraft built beyond the USA. To concentrate on what matters most at this time, the sorting and filing of those materials will remain on low burner. First priorities remain as first considered: US aircraft, modeling, Springfield and Illinois history, people,  combat groups and aircraft carriers.

Most of the aviation books are roughly sorted and arranged in the reading room THAT MUCH is done NOW. Most aviation magazines published before 1961 and not already discarded remain arranged in cabinets in AKMdown. Humidity is a concern, but having them arranged is the greater benefit at this time.

There is limited space in the reading room for built models. Most will be displayed in down, on the same glass shelves used for years at AKMSPI. I have not yet found the ideal way to display them. I intend to concentrate on that challenge after making more progress elsewhere.

When lighting is better at AKM428, I will take more pictures. For now, this is the best I could do late August 22, 2018.

YOU are invited to visit AKM as it is if you will email Job Conger —, State the day and time you want to stop by —  at least a day’s advance  notice is essential. Your comments and suggestions are welcome anytime.

Thanks for checking in.

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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