For Ubernerds like us (I was there today too), we understand the hazards of working and walking around aircraft. For the average "Joe", they just don't get it. So the strict safety standards are in place to keep cattle from wandering out onto the taxiway. It's the law of the lowest common denominator affecting rules for everyone.
FAA regs do not allow anyone outside of the hangar without a line badge. Typically, visitors are not allowed outside of the main hangar or on the other side of the fenced in area just outside the main entrance. Special dispensation was made for the aircraft there this weekend and folks were not allowed outside the line of cones and barriers past the B-29 (which is where the B-24 and the DC-7 were). It's not a perfect system, even folks I have spoken to at the museum acknowledge that. Not all of the aircraft the museum owns can be seen by the public due to this.
I saw the aforementioned lady herding people away from the B-24. I have no idea if she was FAA, but there was a lot of sharp metal under the nose of the B-24 (pics to come later!) and hydraulic fluid under the aircraft. She was right to wave off the crowd. I, on the other hand, asked a docent to walk me over earlier and I was able to get a few shots.
In my experience, you play within the systems rules, you can get anything you want. If you follow the masses, you usually get run off.
This message has been edited by StyrenePilot1970 from IP address 188.8.131.52 on May 28, 2012 5:04 PM
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