Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
I was sad to hear that the museum is closing down at the end of this month. I visited the museum in Summer 2014, while on a cross-country motorcycle trip, and had been trained at Chanute in 1969-70 as a flight simulator technician. The museum was one of the nicer ones displaying aircraft and I was pleasantly surprised to see an F-104 Starfighter, as well as a B-58 Hustler. While in training at Chanute, our formation had to march past a B-36 on display. After finishing my training, I was stationed at Castle AFB, outside of Merced, CA and trained B-52 pilots. During another motorcycle trip last summer, I also stopped off at the Castle AFB air museum, and much to my surprise, I found that the Chanute B-36 had been moved years earlier and is now on display at Castle!
Thanks, Chanute Air Museum for being there since the base's closure and the fond memories it brought back to me during my visit.