Saturday, July 5, 2014

MI-24 Attending "Thunder Over Cedar Creek"

The Thunder Over Cedar Creek Airshow benefits the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation, a 501(c)(3) group founded to provide support for the physical and emotional recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured and disabled military personnel and veterans with a focus on those individuals residing in and organizations serving the Northeast Texas region.

CWAM associates have contributed their time and support to this event for a number of years and look forward to this event annually.  

As with every event, a lot of Planning, Preparation and Plain old hard work goes into getting there.

The size of the MI-24 requires attention to clearance. The full pivoting nose wheel allows the tail to be swung clear of (or into) nearby structures, vehicles and equipment. Plane guards help keep the tug driver aware of obstacles he can't see.

Additional ramp space under construction can be seen at the left.  Projected to be ready by the upcoming August 30th Warbirds on Parade event, the new space allows the MI-24 to go directly to a nearby staging area.

After towing the MI-24 to an area clear of the small planes that frequent this growing DFW regional airport (KLNC), the bird can be fueled for the short flight to Cedar Creek.

As with every July 4th, the Commemorative Air Force DFW Wing, also located at Lancaster was also evolving aircraft in support of North Texas events. 

After a final walk around, this year's flight crew, Rene, Pete, Susan and Stan are ready to go. Other CWAM volunteers are driving to the event.

Susan and Pete are among the many volunteers from CWAM and other fine organizations looking forward to seeing you at this worthwhile and fun event supporting our veterans and the North Texas community.

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th - Independence Day

It is a tradition in the United States to celebrate the anniversary of American Independence every July 4th. It is a Federal, State and Local Holiday and many families attend parades, picnics, fireworks shows and patriotic events.

Although the resolution of independence was effectively adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 2nd, 1776, our founding fathers felt that it was important to draft a document that more fully explained the basis and reasoning for their action.

After debate and revision, the resulting Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, the day we now celebrate every year. Drafted over two hundred years ago, it is a reminder today of the reasons, rights, wrongs and lofty goals for which our country was founded. A reading of this famous document can be played below.

Throughout the Cold War and even today, conflict continues to remain throughout the world. Some might say it is part of human nature. At the Cold War Air Museum, we cannot solve the world's problems or change the nature of man.  But as a museum, we can help preserve and present the lessons of history that might help some future student or leader better understand the world in which we live.

Have a safe and happy 4th!  Tomorrow the MI-24 will be attending the Thunder Over Cedar Creek