Tuesday, April 05, 2005

What you can do

Right now the best thing everyone can do is to contact both museums. You may be asking yourself why there's a need to contact two different museums.

I didn't know until last year that all of the modern US military aircraft you see in museums actually belong to that respective service's museum and are just "on loan" to whichever museum you happen to see them at. For example, the A-7 Corsair on the Intrepid still belongs to the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida and the A-12 we're working to save belongs to the US Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. While these aircraft may still belong to their service's museum, maintenance and upkeep are the duty of the museum to which they are on loan. Unfortunately, the A-12 is under the care of the USS Intrepid.

The most helpful thing anyone can do right now is to contact both of these museums and make their opinion known to those in charge. I have listed their contact information in the sidebar, but I will also post that same information at the end of this post. The Intrepid can be reached by telephone, snail mail, or email. The US Air Force Museum doesn't have an email address, but they can still be reached by phone or snail mail. No matter which method you choose to contact these institutions, every person's contact counts!

Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum
Pier 86 12th Ave and 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Phone:212 245-0072
Attn: Col Tom Tyrell USMC (Ret)
Chairman and CEO
Email: pr@intrepidmuseum.org

General Charles Metcalf (Ret)
Director USAF Museum
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7102
Phone: 1-937-255-3284

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