What do you do when you have sold every seat on a tour bus, but still have people wanting to climb aboard?
“We’re adding a second bus,” said Matt Potter, president of the Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society, as he worked out details of an upcoming September trip to the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Potter said the first bus filled quickly, noting he was surprised to find more women than men bought tickets for the journey. In addition to wives and daughters who are joining their military-veteran husbands and fathers, the EKMHS officer said has also he reserved six seats for a group of females who had once worked at Wright-Patterson AFB.
“We hope to have a bus full of veterans, military enthusiasts and their families joining us for this unique trip,” he said, stressing wives and children are welcome and encouraged to attend along with group members and military history enthusiasts in general.
“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 (not included in the ticket price) will be in Chillicothe on the way home. Potter said the Chillicothe stop will offer participants a variety of options from fast-food to home-style cooking in a sit-down restaurant.
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 presidential aircraft section of the museum will not be included as part of the tour due to the ongoing sequester, he noted.
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 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. For more information, or to reserve seats on the additional bus, call Potter at (606) 547-2607.
TIM PRESTON can be reached at email@example.com.