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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Peterson AFB Museum & Visit with Bill & Lorraine

16 June 2015

Today we went to Peterson AFB to visit the Peterson Air and Space Museum. The Museum is named after Lt Edward J Peterson who was the first Coloradan to die in WW II. The base is home to the 21st Space Wing, Air Force Space Command and Norad. The Museum features different types of WW II aircraft, Cold War Interceptors, surface to air missiles, ICBM Missile Trainer and Launch Control Mock-up.
Raytheon MIM 23 Hawk Mobile Missile 
CF-Canadian Canuck

T-33

EC-121T Warning Star

Cockpit of EC-121T

Galley

Interior

Interior

Peacekeeper Shroud & Launch at Vandenberg AFB

Jim explaining about the Shroud

P-47N Thunderbolt

Hangar that Features Displays


ICBM Launch Training Center



 Also exhibits on the Texas Towers radar facility in the Atlantic Ocean and on which John served in the late 50's. In fact he was serving on Tower #2 when tower #4 was destroyed during a hurricane.

Signage About the Texas Towers

Model of Texas Tower #2

 Another feature is the Cheyenne Mountain exhibit.

Entrance to Cheyenne Mountain Exhibit

Scale Model of Cheyenne Mtn Operations Center

Photo of Flyover by Canadian AF


The museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday; however, due to "bravo" alert status on US Military bases, non military is not permitted until alert goes to Alpha. Our guide mentioned that due to this restriction visitors had decreased by 35%.

The Visitor Center used to be the passenger terminal for the Colorado Springs Airport which is now adjacent to the base.

Visitor Center Formally Passenger Terminal


Our guide,Jim was very informative and gave us a great tour. Thank you.
Jim descending stairs of EC-121T

Later in the afternoon we drove up to Bill and Lorraine's in Castle Rock for a real treat. We met them at Nellis AFB. I got to see sweet Misty again, their rescue Greyhound. She is so calm and a pleasure to be around. After a delicious dinner of ribs,baked beans, slaw and fruit salad, we were too stuffed to eat dessert so took our share home for tomorrow. Bill until his retirement several years ago was band director for the Academy. Thank you friends for a delightful evening. By the way, on the way home we had thunderstorms until Monument. They will pay us a visit next week.

With Bill and Lorraine

Sweet Mist


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