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My Bad Time At Carolina's Air Museum

May 28 2012 at 1:42 PM

Harley  (Login Hawley)
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Carolina's Air Museum needs to work on their PR. Like many, I thought I'd go to see the condition of the B-24 that had the nose gear failure. When I arrived at 12:00 today, I was impressed how much money was spent upscaling the museum since I was last there 15 years ago. Absolutely clean and beautiful. Many of the planes I remember seeing 15 years ago were not there or hidden from view. I was a bit disappointed but there were more that a few great planes to get close to and appreciate. So I went on the tarmac to check out and film the damage B-24's nose. There were about twenty spectators milling around the plane. As I approached the plane a staff woman rounded everyone up and said " Everyone behind the barrier(putting spectators 75 feet away), there's sharp metal there...". What ?! I could also hit my head on the tarmac or walk into a door but either is very unlikely, even for a idiot like me. But that was okay, so I decided to walk up to their beautiful DC-7. My first plane ride was on a UNITED DC-6b way back in 1964. As I got within 50 feet of the plane a staff guy said "I'm sorry sir, you have to get behind the barrier, this woman is with at FAA". ??? Whatever...

The old Carolina's Air Museum was visitor friendly. It made you feel welcome to see and touch these beautiful planes. I know, some of you may blame insurance restrictions as the cause of the hassles. But at $12 a person, that should easily cover any accidental injury.

The bottom line is I did not feel welcome or appreciated for being there on this Memorial Day. I hope the Vets I saw during my visit weren't treated as poorly.

To really appreciate why I'm so pissed off, you had to be there with me. I know there will be a counter attack by those who weren't. Again you should have been there. No one treated like that wants to come back.

Rant Off!

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