e hënë, 18 qershor 2007

WWII Veteran Testimonial

Please read a testimonial from a WWII Veteran, who accompanied us on one of our Flight Experiences:

On June 9th, I took part in a Flight Experience. I must say it was one of the greatest thrills of my life. The re-enactors were both respectful and educational. I felt some of the anticipation and fear that must have gripped these young men. Thanks for the experience. Your dedication to keeping the history alive is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely ,
Thomas Hardgrove
Son of a WWII veteran
(Walter Hardgrove Electricians Mate 1st class U.S.N.)

e shtunë, 16 qershor 2007

Some sixty five years ago, the current home of the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport was a crucial part of the "Arsenal of Democracy". Home to the Republic Aviation, the complex produced over 9,000 P-47 Thunderbolts in Farmingdale.

The "Jug", as it was called because of its robust assembly line construction, went on to defeat the best fighter pilots the German Luftwaffe could muster.

Today, no American aviation museum with a squadron of operational World War II aircrafts has a more appropriate setting for its flight operations. Taxing to the very runways and hangars that dispatched Thunderbolts to war, vintage aircrafts recreate those turbulent years and allow the public to watch these planes in their natural environment - the air.

This exciting effort to keep our history alive is made possible through state grants, corporate underwriting, personal philanthropy and gifts from people like you.

Also, critical to the establishment of this museum was the cooperation of the airport's fix based operator, SheltAir and the Republic Airport management team. We are grateful to our benefactors, and to you, for your admission fee. Your dollars help meet museum costs including utilities, aircraft maintenance, building repair, and exhibit construction. While thousands of hours have been donated, the dollars requested from you are tax deductible and are put to immediate use to ensure your family's experience at the Museum is memorable.