A Requiem for Rocky by Shamaine Pleczko and Tom Kelley
2016 celebrates the 55th anniversary of the B-58 Hustler arriving at Bunker Hill AFB (which was later renamed Grissom Air Force Base in memory and honor of Gus Grissom, an Apollo 1 astronaut who died in a fire on the launch pad). The B-58’s left in late 1969 and the last one January 12, 1970. BHAFB/GAFB was part of SAC (Stragetic Air Command) of the US Air Force.
In commemoration of this anniversary, GAM has had cast special “challenge” coins, along with replication of some of the historic B-58 patches of the area, and a few other ones as pictured below.
It is now time for you to schedule your guided tour. These tours include one or more of our outstanding volunteer guides who will help bring the displays and aircraft alive with stories and information you desperately need. All of our guides are former military who either served on our base, or have lived in the area long enough that they know those special stories that you need to hear. We do not charge extra for the use of these fine veterans, but we do ask that you schedule you tour at least two to three weeks in advance so that our schedules don’t over lap. You may make your contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 574-398-1451. We will need your contact information, your tour date request, size and age of group members, and any special information that we should know. (The picture above shows John Ensign, Air Force Veteran from the 434th, with a group of children from Indianapolis.)
The Grissom Air Museum is designed to bring people together for the a common cause, such as aircraft restoration and maintenance. The museum has 25 military aircraft on display, and these planes are located in the outdoors. After many Indiana winters, these aircraft need, and deserve, a quality care program. If you are blessed with wealth, you can make a monetary donation which will go toward materials, supplies, equipment, and professional help for a particular aircraft. (PROPS Program) If you have expertise, you can donate your time and special skills to your favorite plane. If you have time and energy, you can donate your labor to help wash, paint, and detail an aircraft, or clear out the brush that grows underneath the aircraft. (Adopt-A-Plane Program) To donate or get involved, email our director at email@example.com.