A couple weeks ago, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a resolution to urge President Obama and NASA to select the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for public display of a space shuttle orbiter. The space shuttle program is retiring this year, and the four existing shuttles need homes. One will go to the Smithsonian, leaving three up for grabs.
Of course, the Air Force Museum is THE best place for a shuttle to retire — and my status as an Air Force Veteran has nothing to do with that!
The Air Force Museum is the oldest and largest museum of military aviation in the world. The 400+ piece collection features aircraft from the earliest era of flight up to the space age. It has Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space capsules, and includes my personal favorite: the SR-71 spy plane. The museum already has sufficient space inside its climate-controlled building for the shuttle. Over 1.3 million people visit the museum each year — and admission is free! The space shuttle resolution will be sent to President Obama, NASA, and Congress to express our position and urge them to select us. Let’s hope we win!
State Representative Connie Pillich represents the 28th Ohio House District