Thursday, October 16, 2014

Invading Ohio

CK in Dayton, OH
The AI tour drove south from Michigan to Ohio -- the Buckeye state.  Along the way to Dayton we stopped for dinner in Lima, OH at a very pleasant Mediterranean restaurant called Vivace (  Their Palestinian chef and owner, Khaled Alkhatib, did an outstanding job with a Mediterranean mezze platter at this fine dining establishment.
Dayton, OH
Dayton is known for being the home of the Wright brothers who owned a bicycle shop and flew the first airplane at Kitty Hawk.  Dayton is also the home of Wright-Patterson AFB.  Our principal reason for visiting Dayton was to tour the National Museum of the United States Air Force (

Sopwith Camel
USAF Museum, Dayton, OH
This museum was truly overwhelming in its size and scope.  One could easily spend two days browsing through its treasures -- we only had one morning but we made the most of it.

USAAF WW2 Air Crew
USAF Museum, Dayton, OH
The museum features many extraordinary aircraft, but it does not lose sight of the vital importance of the crews that served these machines in the air and on the ground.

Shoo, Shoo Baby!
USAF Museum, Dayton
As usual, I really enjoyed the examples of colorful and expressive nose art on the American warplanes.

Better Red than...

Screamin Eagle

Gulf War I, Recon

SNAFU Snatchers
Cold War Winner
Halloween Theme

Ace in the Hole

I saw an interesting map of the Cold War at the USAF museum.  Look coslely, do you notice anything wrong with this map?

Anything missing here...?
I would submit that very few South Africans who lived through the Cold War would have considered themselves to be neutrals in that conflict.  Perhaps this map is a bit too politically correct?

It is always a good idea to conclude on a note of hope.  Leslie Townes Hope (1903 -2003), born in Eltham near London in, grew up in Cleveland Ohio and joked often about his adopted home town.  Bob Hope entertained US military forces during WWII, the Korean war and Vietnam.  He is one of the most honored and respected entertainers in history.  The USAF Museum has a section devoted to Hope's life of service.

Hope in Vietnam
USAF Museum, Dayton, OH
In AI we note that in 1950 during the Korean war, "United Nations forces swept north of the thirty-eighth parallel. On October 19, Pyongyang was captured, and Bob Hope even gave a USO performance for the troops in the North Korean capital!"

Source: America Invades, Kelly / Laycock, 2014,

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