It has been a little while since we have done a Toasters Museum Adventures post, and after my out of town working weekend a couple of weeks ago, I have a little something to share. As I mentioned last week, I took in an Omnimax movie on that Saturday, and some of you were perhaps wondering just where that might have been. It was in fact at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Myself and some buddies from work spent an afternoon there, complete with a little good natured ribbing from the home front for being a bunch of nerds who hit up a science museum during off time instead of day drinking craft beers.
In addition to having the big, big screen movie theatre, this museum also happens to have a retired submarine tied up pier-side in the river for visitors’ touring pleasure–the USS Blueback (SS-581). This sub was not only the last non-nuclear boat built by the US, but also the last to retire from the US Navy inventory. She is a Barbel class boat that was launched and commissioned in 1959, serving actively until 1990, and was donated to the museum in 1994. Past the jump you will find more pictures that I took on our tour, plus some fun facts about the Blueback!
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And now for the exciting conclusion to the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum adventure! This hanger houses the ‘Army’ planes, and you will note there are a few aircraft (and automobiles) with a little bit of a foreign flair as well. Also included in this set is the one plane that was parked outside the day we went, which also gives a glimpse of the grass runway beside the museum as well as a glimmer far in the background of the hanger where there is a restoration center that is also open for tours. “During the normal work week, museum visitors can take a guided tour of the Fighter Factory and see the team of aircraft maintenance technicians performing regular maintenance and minor restoration work on the various planes.”
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Here is part 2 of our look at the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum, focusing on the ‘Navy’ hanger. Take at look, and see if the seafaring life is the life for you! The basic layout of the museum is that you walk in, and after you take in the sights within the lobby, you can go left into the Navy hanger or right into the Army hanger. We chose left first, just by chance. The museum is one large building, built to look like connected WWII airfield hangers on the outside. Each hanger had an automotive interloper or two, and I think many of you will be able to appreciate the car stashed with the navy planes.
Continue reading TMA: Military Aviation Museum – Part 2
Welcome to a new museum adventure chock full of military aviation goodness! I got lucky with regards to the holiday weekend, and somehow managed to score four and a half days off. This means I actually had time to go through some of my own pictures to bring you all a look at a another of our continuing Toasters’ Museum Adventures! (It helps if you say that in a deep booming voice with nice dramatic pauses between the words, à la Pigs In Space!) As I said, this trip is courtesy of me, your intrepid weekend editor, turning a family trip into a Sunday of fun for you. The museum is the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, which is unique in that it is a flying museum, with many of their aircraft not only airworthy but frequently flown! I will be showing you the goods they have to offer in three posts today, following the basic layout of the museum. Click the jump to get started!
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