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jlshaw47 Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:08 PM
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17. Dayton Deserves an Orbiter
Why? because Dayton is the center of the aviation universe and the birthplace of powered flight. A couple of brothers named Wright got the whole ball rolling and the Museum of the United States Air Force has the largest collection of historical aircraft in the world, and the space shuttle is an airplane. The museum is located on the hollowed ground of old Wright Field where modern test flight was born. Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton is still the home of test flight even though the actual flying was moved to Edwards AFB in the '50s because many aircraft were drilling holes in people's backyards.

Any Air force pilot would took the test pilot to astronaut route has at one time or another been stationed at WP-AFB, hell when I was a kid Gus Grissom lived down the street. Another cool thing about Dayton is that many pilots stay here after they retire so you never know who you will bump into, I have a friend who flew 56 combat missions in a B-17 in WWII, born in Washington state, going to die in Dayton.

I have been visiting The AFM for 50 years, it's a top notch facility and admission is free and is open everyday of the year except Christmas and New Years day. I know and understand that we will also be in the shadow of the Smithsonian, as it should be; they have the Wright Flyer, we have the Wright B flyer, they have the X-1, we have the X-1B, they have the Apollo 11 capsule, we have Apollo 15, they have the Enola Gay, we have Bock's Car, and so on. But the Afm has some other cool stuff too, like all the Presidential aircraft, B-17's Memphis Belle and the Swoose, the XB-70, an X-15 and basically one example of everything the Air Force has ever flown.

I think the order should be: Discovery - Smithsonian, Atlantis - Dayton, Endeavor - Kennedy, and Enterprise - Huston. We would have proudly accepted Enterprise, even though it had never been in space, but the fact remains that the Shuttle Orbiter System was blasted into orbit by rockets and fell around the Earth in orbit but returned to Earth as a glider using the same basic flight control systems designed by the Wright Brothers in good ole Dayton, Ohio. That's what made it special and that's why we should have an Orbiter here in Dayton.
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