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Walter J. Boyne
WALTER J. BOYNE (born 1929) is a retired United States
United States
Air Force officer , Command Pilot , combat veteran, aviation historian, and author of more than 50 books and over 1,000 magazine articles. He is a former director of the National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum
of the Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution
and a former Chairman of the National Aeronautic Association . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Military career * 3 Author and historian * 3.1 Works * 4 National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum
career * 5 Later years * 6 Honors * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFEWalter Boyne grew up the son of a poor family in East Saint Louis, Illinois during the time of the Great Depression
Great Depression
. He attended Holy Angels grade school where he first discovered an interest in writing
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Wright-Patterson AFB
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE (WPAFB) (IATA : FFO, ICAO : KFFO, FAA LID : FFO) is a United States Air Force
United States Air Force
base and census-designated place just east of Dayton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
, in Greene and Montgomery counties. It includes both Wright and Patterson Fields, which were originally Wilbur Wright Field and Fairfield Aviation General Supply Depot. Patterson Field is approximately 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Dayton ; Wright Field is approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast of Dayton. The host unit at Wright-Patterson AFB
Wright-Patterson AFB
is the 88th Air Base Wing (88 ABW), assigned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
and Air Force Materiel Command
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National Museum Of The United States Air Force
The NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE (formerly the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MUSEUM) is the official museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base , 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Dayton
Dayton
, Ohio. The NMUSAF has one of the world's largest collections with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display. The museum draws more than 1 million visitors each year, making it one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in Ohio. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Exhibits and collections * 2.1 Presidential aircraft * 2.2 Pioneers of flight * 2.3 Uniforms and clothing * 2.4 Other exhibits and attractions * 3 Collection * 4 Air Force Museum Foundation * 5 Other Air Force museums * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links HISTORYThe museum dates to 1923, when the Engineering Division at Dayton\'s McCook Field first collected technical artifacts for preservation
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Dayton, Ohio
DAYTON (/ˈdeɪtən/ ) is the sixth-largest city in the state of Ohio and is the county seat of Montgomery County . A small portion of the city extends into Greene County . In the 2010 census , the population was 141,527, and the Dayton metropolitan area had 799,232 residents, making it Ohio's fourth-largest metropolitan area, after Cleveland
Cleveland
, Cincinnati
Cincinnati
, and Columbus and the 63rd-largest in the United States
United States
. The Dayton-Springfield-Greenville Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,080,044 in 2010, making it the 43rd-largest in the United States. Dayton is within Ohio's Miami Valley region, just north of the Cincinnati–Northern Kentucky metropolitan area
Cincinnati–Northern Kentucky metropolitan area

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The Wild Blue
THE WILD BLUE: THE MEN AND BOYS WHO FLEW THE B-24S OVER GERMANY, by historian Stephen Ambrose
Stephen Ambrose
, was published in 2001. The book details the lives and World War II
World War II
experiences of pilots , bombardier , navigators , radio operators and gunners flying B-24s of the U.S. Army Air Forces against Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
. It includes a recounting of George McGovern 's career as a pilot with the 455th Bomb Group in Italy, encompassing 35 bombing missions, which were completed despite bad weather and heavy flak attacks from German anti-aircraft guns. It has been alleged that Ambrose plagiarized parts of the book by copying text from endnote sources
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Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, And Storage Facility
The PAUL E. GARBER PRESERVATION, RESTORATION, AND STORAGE FACILITY is located in Suitland, Maryland
Suitland, Maryland
, United States. The facility, also nicknamed "SILVER HILL", is where the Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution
's National Air and Space Museum restores aircraft, spacecraft, and other artifacts. It is named in honor of Paul E. Garber , a Smithsonian curator who devoted most of his career to maintaining a collection of historic aircraft. It was created in the early 1950s by Garber to store, protect the museum's growing collection of World War II
World War II
aircraft and provide space to restore them. The facility consists of 32 unassuming metal buildings. 19 of those buildings are devoted to storage of airplanes, spacecraft, engines, and various parts awaiting restoration. One building is devoted to a large restoration shop, and three buildings are for exhibition creation
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Curtiss P-36
The CURTISS P-36 HAWK, also known as the CURTISS HAWK MODEL 75, was an American-designed and built fighter aircraft of the 1930s and 40s. A contemporary of both the Hawker Hurricane
Hawker Hurricane
and Messerschmitt Bf 109 , it was one of the first of a new generation of combat aircraft—a sleek monoplane design making extensive use of metal in its construction and powered by a powerful radial engine . Perhaps best known as the predecessor of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk , the P-36 saw little combat with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II
World War II
. It was nevertheless the fighter used most extensively and successfully by the French Armee de l\'air during the Battle of France . The P-36 was also ordered by the governments of the Netherlands and Norway, but did not arrive in time to see action before both were occupied by Nazi Germany
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C-47 Skytrain
The DOUGLAS C-47 SKYTRAIN or DAKOTA (RAF designation) is a military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II
World War II
and remains in front line service with various military operators
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE (/ˈælbəˌkɜːrki/ ( listen ) AL-bə-kur-kee ; Navajo : Beeʼeldííl Dahsinil /pèːʔèltíːl tɑ̀xsɪ̀nɪ̀l/) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico
New Mexico
. The high-elevation city serves as the county seat of Bernalillo County
Bernalillo County
, and it is situated in the north central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande
Rio Grande
. The city population is 559,277 as of the July 1, 2016 population estimate from the United States
United States
Census Bureau , and ranks as the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. The Albuquerque metropolitan statistical area (or MSA) has a population of 909,906 according to the United States
United States
Census Bureau's most recently available estimate for 2015. Albuquerque is the 60th-largest United States
United States
metropolitan area
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B-52 Stratofortress
The BOEING B-52 STRATOFORTRESS is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber . The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing
Boeing
, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
(USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles (14,080 km) without aerial refueling. Beginning with the successful contract bid in June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings . The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War
Cold War
-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36
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Vietnam War
North Vietnamese victory * Withdrawal of American-led forces from Indochina
Indochina
* Communist governments take power in South Vietnam , Cambodia
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U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield
U-TAPAO ROYAL THAI NAVY AIRFIELD is a military airfield of the Royal Thai Navy approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) southeast of Bangkok
Bangkok
in the Ban Chang District of Rayong Province
Rayong Province
near Sattahip
Sattahip
on the Gulf of Siam
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Paul E. Garber
PAUL EDWARD GARBER (August 31, 1899 - September 23, 1992) was the first head of the National Air Museum of the Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution
, in Washington, D.C
Washington, D.C
. Through his work and effort, the most complete collection of historical aircraft in the world was gathered and preserved. It contains the sole survivors of many interesting historical aircraft types. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Quotation * 3 Later life * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links BIOGRAPHYGarber was born at Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City, New Jersey
, but spent his childhood in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
and had clear memories of the Wright Brothers flight trials at Fort Myer in 1909. At the age of 18 joined the Army. During World War I
World War I
he was transferred from the D.C
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IMAX
IMAX
IMAX
is a 70 mm motion picture film format and a set of cinema projection standards developed in Canada in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Graeme Ferguson , Roman Kroitor , Robert Kerr, and William C. Shaw. IMAX
IMAX
has the capacity to record and display images of far greater size and resolution (detail) than conventional film systems. Unlike conventional projectors, the film is run horizontally (see diagram sprocket holes) so that the image width is greater than the width of the film. Since 2002, some feature films have been converted (or upgraded) into IMAX
IMAX
format for displaying in IMAX
IMAX
theatres and some have also been partially shot in IMAX. IMAX
IMAX
is the most widely used system for special-venue film presentations. As of June 2017, there were 1,257 IMAX
IMAX
theatres in 75 countries
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Ashburn, Virginia
ASHBURN is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun County , Virginia
Virginia
. As of the 2010 United States
United States
Census , its population was 43,511. It is 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
and part of the Washington metropolitan area . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Geography * 2.1 Subdivisions * 3 Demographics * 4 Economy * 5 Government * 5.1 Federal * 6 Education * 6.1 Colleges and universities * 6.2 Primary and secondary schools * 7 Media * 8 Infrastructure * 8.1 Emergency services * 9 Sports and entertainment center * 10 Notable people * 11 See also * 12 References * 13 External links HISTORYAshburn was originally called FARMWELL (variant names include OLD FARMWELL and FARMWELL S