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    Grissom Air Force Base is located in Western Miami County just two miles from a small town called Bunker Hill. A small portion of the base extends into Eastern Cass County. The size in all 2,722 acres.
    You can walk through the outdoor display of air craft from different angels and take an indoor tour that takes you through the history of the Grissom Air Force Base.
    Grissiom Air Force Base was an active part of the strategic air command but now Grissom is only a reserve base for refueling tankers. After the death of Hoosier Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom in the Apollo fire, the base was then renamed in his honor. There are over seven thousand American and British Navel Pilots completed their World War II flight training there.
    You can see the smallest bomb at 20 tons and the largest at 250 tons. You can even look through a pair of goggles and see it flash before your eyes. Then go and see if you can guess how many toothpicks it took to make the airplane and the hummer out of toothpicks. Also while you are there don't forget to visit the gift shop, the Theater Fight Trainers Uniforms and you can sit in the cockpit of the Phantom Jet. Check out the history of World War II through the Gulf War.
    Take a walk through the home of the 305th and see the Memorial Stone that is dedicated to Vietnam War Veterans. Then stand nose to nose with lots of planes like the KC-135 Strata Tanker that is the principal mission is air refueling during Desert Storm, date deployed 1965. F-11 Tiger known as the Blue Angels barely 200 made few are left. November 8,1986 Blue Angels completed their 40th Anniversary. A-10 Thunderbolt II was used during the latter part of
World War II years of service 1981-present. It was about to be retired, however is proved itself so well in the Gulf War that it has been retained. F-4C Phantom in the F-4 is the only plane that has been used by the USAF Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels which was used in the Gulf War.
      When they fly, the air is always beneath their wings.




    Air Museum    (765) 688-7654    U.S. Highway 31      60 miles North of Indianapolis, next to Grissom Air Reserve Base.

Admission is Free.

Grissom Air Museum.com




    Written in 2002/Copyright in 2003





 









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