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razor



Joined: 21 Dec 2005
Posts: 26
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:36 pm    Post subject: Southern Museum of Flight's "Fly-A-Kite" Day Reply with quote

Southern Museum of Flight's "Fly-A-Kite" Day

Metropolitan Region: Metropolitan
County: Jefferson
City: Birmingham
Map Coordinates: K-11
Event Information
City: Birmingham
Begin Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Location: Birmingham Race Course
Other Location:
Mar 21, Birmingham
Southern Museum of Flight & Birmingham Park & Recreation's "Fly-A-Kite Day"
Birmingham Race Course--Fly a kite just for fun or enter the "Fly-A-Kite" contest. Prizes for best handmade kites, groups and families with the most flyers, youngest and oldest flyers, and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Contact Information
Phone: 205-833-8226
Web Site: http://www.southernmuseumofflight.org
Payment Information
Admission: Admission charged
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DeepBlue



Joined: 19 Dec 2005
Posts: 121
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fun, not really my kind of thing these days but should be a nice day out for the family. Any ideas what the museum is like?
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autumn



Joined: 20 Dec 2005
Posts: 22
Location: Texas
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: museum of flight... Reply with quote

If you like aviation history, this seems like a great museum:

"You will see the machines that helped the world take to the skies. Military, civilian, and home-built aircraft on display at the Museum include one of Delta Air Line's first planes – the Huff Daland crop duster, a full-size Wright Flyer replica, a 1912 Curtiss Pusher replica, a Fokker VII, a VariEze experimental home-built, and two US Air Force fighter jet cockpit simulators.

But we're more than aircraft. The museum has aviation memorabilia from the earliest days of flight – a night landing light used by the Wright brothers at their Montgomery flying school, knee-high aviator's boots from WW I, "trigger-finger" German-issue flying gloves from the WW I era of the Red Baron, an "Early Bird" cap and flying goggles, the trapeze and dental strap used in a local "flying circus," and more than 20 aircraft engines - with several "cut-a-ways" to show the internal workings of the engine.

An eleven-foot model of the WW II aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is the centerpiece of the Model Gallery. Exquisitely-crafted airplane models are displayed in the surrounding cases and remote-controlled planes "fly" suspended from above.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, travel through time with historic images of Birmingham's first flying fields, the Alabama Air National Guard, women in aviation and the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

Alabama Aviation's Hall of Fame at the museum honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to aviation in Alabama.

The outdoor display expands the Museum's offerings. Sixteen planes - many from the Vietnam era - include an A-12 Blackbird, a Huey UH-1 helicopter, and an F-4 Phantom jet fighter."
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DeepBlue



Joined: 19 Dec 2005
Posts: 121
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds a pretty comprehensive museum! Then again, they had a lot of pioneering work in the aviation field so it's hardly surprising that they've got such a comprehensive museum.

Seems like a good day out, even though I'm by no means an aviation fanatic.
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autumn



Joined: 20 Dec 2005
Posts: 22
Location: Texas
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:29 pm    Post subject: kites and planes.. Reply with quote

I too am not too interested in planes or flying kites, for that matter! I see enough planes here in San Antonio, with several military bases and lots of air shows and such. Haven't flown a kite in some years! Very Happy
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DeepBlue



Joined: 19 Dec 2005
Posts: 121
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe, kites? Probably when I was about 8 perhaps, though I've never been a fan of aviation. Don't particularly like flying commercial planes never mind in one of the old war planes they still do fly-bys with.
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