Georgia Museum of Aviation to cut third of collection
by The Macon Telegraph
March 25, 2013 12:13 AM | 2069 views | 4 4 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WARNER ROBINS — The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robbins is eliminating about one-third of its collection.

Director Ken Emery said the museum is getting rid of 29 planes and three missiles. He said the museum didn’t have enough personnel to maintain all aircraft after Air Force personnel cuts in 2011 eliminated eight civilian positions at the museum.

He said it marks the first cutback in the museum’s 29-year history, but it’s a matter of preserving quality versus quantity.

Eight planes and one missile are already gone. Others are being disassembled. Some will be scrapped, some sent to private museums and others sent to an Air Force storage facility in Arizona.

Some of the planes have been displayed outside and have deteriorated. Emery said the plane he hates to see go the most is the B-52 Stratofortress, a Cold War icon and one of the largest at the museum. He said the hull has rusted through underneath, and repairing it would be expensive.

“Even if I were to invest a whole lot of money and put it in good condition, it’s still sitting outside,” he said.

Another plane being removed is an EC-135 Stratotanker used by Gov. Norman Schwartzkopf in Desert Storm.

Houston County Commissioner Tom McMichael, a member of the museum board, said the museum had two models of the same plane in some cases, and downsizing is the right move.

Emery said the downsizing will free up space to move other planes indoors that the museum considers more significant, and should put the museum in a position to acquire prized aircraft.
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Clearprop2
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March 26, 2013
What a terrible idea! Why not start charging an admission fee to the museum/
Cobb Visitor
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March 25, 2013
Sounds like a silly over reaction - just leave the planes and displays sit ! No big deal if they are safe to walk around.
dutch5
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March 25, 2013
When I was in ther reserve we maintained and put museum aircraft on display. I believe this is pure political because of cuts everybody in the civilian world has to take. Live within a budget is somehow evil.
DFENS
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March 25, 2013
More political games instead of leadership. If it causes the federal government this much trouble to have their budget growth cut by 10%, then we were giving them far too much money to begin with. No sense throwing good money after bad.
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