On your way someplace else, how many times have you passed a sign pointing to a small town airport? … Finding something special is worth the minutes it takes to follow the airport sign and make a drive-by inspection.
Had I been traveling and not touring the National Aviation Heritage Area, I would have missed something truly unique, the Champaign Aviation Museum, which calls this small town airport [in Urbana, Ohio] also known as Grimes Field, home.
What makes the Champaign Aviation Museum unique is not the B-17, named Champaign Lady, it is restoring to flight status by connecting the parts of five different Flying Fortress airframes with new construction. Nor is it the company of volunteers who are doing this good work. What’s unique is that museum visitors can watch them work, up close and personal.
Read Scott Spangler’s blog at jetwhine.com.