Category Archives: Illinois

What Can You Tell Me about John Thornton Walker of Springfield, Illinois?

After I shared the news — at Honey and Quinine and my AeroKnow Museum blog — of my interest in learning about John Thornton Walker, Richard and Connie Strouse, key contributors to what I shared about him in my book Springfield Aviation … Continue reading

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Newpapers Seriously

  For the past several weeks at my employer (not related to aviation though I would commit a minor misdemeanor to find a job here at the local airport) I’ve been processing what I call scraps (small clippings from magazines … Continue reading

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A New Public Room at AKM

Saturday I worked from 5:05 to 9:45 am and they from 2:15 to 7:55 pm on one project at the museum, and if you caught me at the wrong moment you might have misunderstood.To capture the passing MAJESTY of that … Continue reading

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Distinguished Army Visitors

It took me a second or two for my eyes to adjust to all the polished brass on their uniforms. On June 5, these two gentlemen entered the AeroKnow Museum office as I sat at the computer, and I did … Continue reading

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A Visitor and a Surprise

Indianapolis, Indiana citizen Colin Tabb is a pilot, building hours toward a commercial ticket and an airline career. I’ve known him since his dad David introduced us, and we’ve been long-distance friends. He als0 serves on the AeroKnow Museum board … Continue reading

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Visitors from Brazil

A highlight of January at AKM was a serendipitous encounter with visitors from Brazil on Sunday the 15th. I had been working in the WELCOME! Room (ground floor office) updating the Points In Time chronology of aviation file, but had … Continue reading

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Museum Visitors Introduce My Military Hero

Litchfield teacher/student pilot Merchelle and her friend Will Tack were waiting to see their friend and mine Dr. Jay Bruninga down the hall from AeroKnow Museum. Jay had a patient, and while waiting, the traveling twosome wandered into my downstairs office. It … Continue reading

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A Radio Program for Plastic Model Airplane Builders

Even if my Neenah, Wisconsin-based friend Gerald Voight had not asked me to be a guest on the December 8 airing of The Plastic Scale Modeling Hour, I would want to tell model aviation enthusiasts about it. Gerald, who produces … Continue reading

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AeroKnow Museum Meets Springfield Airport Authority

If the monthly gathering were “municipal government,” my addressing the body would be called “Museum Director Speaks to Mayor and City Council.” It was a night for recently shined shoes and centering the tie before walking across the parking lot … Continue reading

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