PBY Campaign – Update #4: Why a Museum?

Why will the PBY Naval Air Museum be important? Why does it matter? Well, it will be a place where the general public can come and learn about the commitments, accomplishments, and sacrifices of Navy and Marine aviators, past and present. It will be a place that celebrates those that make our freedom possible. It will be a collection of material artifacts that will help visitors connect the past with the present. For senior citizens, these connections help rekindle their personal memories of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and other significant events in their lives. For those with little first hand knowledge of the military, aviation, or the events World War II, Korea, and subsequent conflicts, it will help them link their lives to these events. Youngsters will be able to connect history and science through through interactive displays such as a flight simulator, night vision goggle room, and a PBY nose gun turret. Through these experiences they will learn in ways that textbooks cannot provide. So, the PBY museum will be more than just a collection of artifacts, it will be a place of learning. A place of learning about history, of course, but we will go beyond linking past and present, we will also connect to the future. Through youth education programs, we will strive to stimulate a future generation’s interest in aviation and aeronautics, as well as the basic sciences. Hopefully we can inspire some of the aviation history makers of tomorrow. So, please help us create this place of learning. Your donations will make a difference, and that is a promise. “… they yearn but for the end of battle … for their return to the haven of home. Some will never return; Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.” -President Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 6, 1944; D-Day

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