Aviationviation museum flies into April
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum welcomes in spring with three special events. On Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Lockheed Martin auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd. in Middle River, the Museum’s Free Aviation Speaker Series brings the return of author and veteran astronaut Dr. Tom Jones to begin the line up of 2016 speaker presentations. Jones will be discussing his new book “Ask an Astronaut” based on questions he has been asked over the years on his experiences as an astronaut. All of his answers to this question illuminate the true space experience from start to finish. His engaging and informative responses remind readers of historic space achievements, acquaint them with exciting new ambitions, make them feel like they have experienced space firsthand, and even inspire young students for exploring space travel. His program on astronaut training, space flight and historic endeavors, including his walks in space, is geared to grade four students through adults. Although admission to this Speaker program is free, a photo ID is required for entry into the facility. Following his presentation, Jones will be selling and signing copies of his books.
On Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the museum will begin its Open Cockpit Day season, providing visitors the opportunity to sit in the pilot seats of the Museum’s outdoor flightline of airplanes and climb aboard the 1950’s Martin 404 passenger plane and Canberra built on site by the Glenn L. Martin Company. As the museum is saluting veterans of the Vietnam war during 2016 events, its Huey helicopter that saw two tours of duty in the war will be open for an up close look by visitors. Other flightline aircraft on exhibit include a Skyhawk, Wild Weasel, Thunder Chief, Thunder Flash, Super Sabre, and Phantom. Tours to the flightline begin at 11:15 a.m. and the last tour of the planes departs at 2 p.m. The museum, located at Martin State Airport’s Hangar 5, 701 Wilson Point Road in Middle River, closes at 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the Open Cockpit segment will be cancelled. Admission for this special event is $5 for adults and $1 for children.
For visitors who enjoy behind the scenes tours, the museum offers its Members Only Day on Sunday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with special tours of its archives full of vintage Martin Company photos, a library of flight books, and other aviation artifacts. Tours will also visit its restoration center where replacement airplane pieces are crafted, small restoration projects are based. Also at this center are exhibits of the Spirit of Maryland Cessna and its owner Bill Morris who developed the first residential airpark in the country on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a Pietenpol homebuilt air camper, a hot air balloon basket, small homebuilt aircraft models and an exhibit showcasing airplanes that flew at the Patuxent Naval Air Station. Visits can also see the museum’s aircraft maintenance facility in which the flightline’s aircraft are repaired, and enjoy special open cockpit airplanes where visitors can sit in the pilot seats and imagine the experiences of pilots flying these post WWII airplanes. Light refreshments will be served.