Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 23, 2013

Families welcome on Wright-Patterson trip

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Seats aboard a chartered bus taking local veterans and military history fans to the Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base won’t be limited to those who have served or belong to an organization.

Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society President Matt Potter said he has been surprised at the number of people who asked the same first question regarding an upcoming group visit to the museum, located near Dayton, Ohio.

“By far, it has been ‘Can my wife go?’ We’d love to have them,” Potter said this week while opening the trip to others who appreciate military aircraft, history and time with people whose own miliary experience will provide insight about some of the historic aircraft within the museum.

Potter said nearly half of the 54 seats available for the trip have been sold to EKMHS members.

“We hope to have a bus full of veterans, military enthusiasts and their families joining us for this unique trip,” he said, again stressing wives and children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone from throughout our community to visit the museum without having to worry about the stresses of driving or lodging. It’s as simple as getting on the bus and then getting off at the museum a few hours later,” Potter said.  

Lunch will be served upon arrival at the museum in the cafe, and dinner will be in Chillicothee on the way home. Tickets are $35 per person, and payments can be made in installments with an initial deposit of $15, with balance due by Aug. 31.

Potter said he believed the $35 round-trip ticket price, which includes the lunch at the museum, was a good deal for the group and guests.

“It’s definitely a good price. That $35 allows for a unique experience for people going on this trip. And, it’s not just the museum but being with these veterans and people who worked with these airplanes their whole lives,” he said, noting the Air Force Museum contains a staggering selection of aircraft, ranging from Wright Flyers and open-cockpit biplanes to fighter jets and big bombers such as the B-29 “Superfortress” and B-52 “Stratofortress.”

The Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society chartered bus trip to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Museum of the US Air Force will be on Friday, Sept. 13. The bus will leave from Ashland's Mid-Town Shopping Center at 8 a.m. and will arrive back home at approximately 9 p.m. that night.  

 For more information, or to reserve seats, call Potter at (606) 547-2607.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.