Category Archives: Been There Done That

A Flock Of Seagulls

On the start to “Living More With Less” I went to the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio to see A Flock Of Seagulls. The concert was free, there were a lot of people there and a good time was had by all. Although the only original member of the band is the lead singer Mike Score. It did not take away from the experience. I am not a huge fan of them but I did have this on an un-written bucket list to see them or Duran Duran. I guess it is some sort of flash back to the 80’s for me. On to my next adventure.

Kennedy – Johnson Airforce One SAM 26000

Kennedy - Johnson Airforce One

Yesterday my son and grandson went with me over to Dayton Ohio the the National Airforce Museum. If you ever get a chance – you must go. One of the greatest thrills for me is going through the SAM 26000 that carried the body of President John F. Kennedy back from Dallas and saw President Johnson being sworn in with Jackie Kennedy in her blood stained outfit get sworn in as the next President. You are able to walk right through the aircraft which is amazing knowing the history of the plane. As you exit there is a partition that was cut so that they could fit the casket of President Kennedy into the seating area and removed 4 rows of seats. Very, very interesting and I think my grandson learned a couple of things too.

Bockscar The Little Plane That Could

Bockscar

Today we headed over to Dayton Ohio to the National Airforce Museum. I am always in awe of this place and it is free. Smithsonian Air & Space doesn’t have anything over on this place. If you are in the area it is really a good spot to spend a day.

“Bockscar, sometimes called Bock’s Car, is the name of the United States Army Air Forces B-29 bomber that dropped a Fat Man nuclear weapon over the Japanese city of Nagasaki during World War II in the second – and last – nuclear attack in history. Bockscar was used in 13 training and practice missions from Tinian, and three combat missions in which it dropped pumpkin bombs on industrial targets in Japan. On 9 August 1945, Bockscar, piloted by the 393d Bombardment Squadron’s commander, Major Charles W. Sweeney, dropped a Fat Man nuclear bomb with a blast yield equivalent to 21 kilotons of TNT over the city of Nagasaki. About 44% of the city was destroyed; 35,000 people were killed and 60,000 injured.” –Bockscar