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.
A membership to the Grissom Air Museum helps fulfill our mission of preserving the military aviation history of the Bunker Hill/Grissom Air Force Base as well as the United States Naval Training Station at Bunker Hill. Your contribution supports our efforts to increase public comprehension of this base history while honoring those brave men and women who serve her.
Please mail payment to :
Grissom Air Museum
1000 West Hoosier Blvd.
Peru, IN 46970
Our Goal is to raise
$15,000 in membership monies!
___ $40 Wingman
___ $75 Crew Chief
___ $175 Co-Pilot
___ $225 Pilot
___$500 Commander (Could be used as a Business Membership)
Armed Forces Day has been an annual celebration dating back to the opening years of the Air Force Base (1954). The museum holds their celebration on the third Saturday in May starting at 10:00 AM. All military members both past and present will receive free admission. Lunch will be available from 11-1. The Hall of Honor will be used by our guest presenters. Contact the museum for this year’s schedule.
The Grissom Air Museum’s Annual Warbird Golf Classic at Rock Hollow Golf Course in Peru, Indiana is held the last Wednesday in May. Proceeds from this tournament will go towards the museum’s scholarship fund. Rock Hollow Golf Club is ranked as one of the best courses in the Midwest. Besides a great day of golf, you will enjoy our competition holes, meals, refreshments, prizes, and great fun while doing something important for the legacy of our museum. For more information, call Jim at 574-398-1451 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for your registration/sponsorship form.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Annual GUS Fly In” is held the third Saturday in June at Montgomery Aviation-Grissom ARB. This special day is set up for visiting aviators, and their friends and family, to have a chance to visit with other flyers while helping raise money for Down Syndrome Indiana. Your hosts is the Grissom Air Museum and their board of trustees. Breakfast will be served at Montgomery Aviation from 8:00-11:00 AM, at $5 each person. museum fee is a donation. A shuttle service to and from the museum will be available for all our guests. For more information contact Jim at 574-398-1451, or email him at email@example.com. Fly in for a great cause!