Museum of Missouri Military History, Jefferson City, MO

July 23, 2017

The Museum of Missouri Military History was the last stop of  the Jefferson City adventure.   Free, interesting and informative, the exhibits start with the 1808 founding of the MO Militia to today’s  National Guard.   There are  endless displays of the National Guard’s role in the Civil War, both World Wars, other conflicts and also humanitarian relief efforts.

Outside was my favorite –  several decommissioned air craft, tanks, army vehicles and more.   Rosie’s Gang is a F4 Phantom II Supersonic  Jet – held 2 men and a huge collection  of armament.   It is  the original name of the plane of the crew to which  the F4  is dedicated.    On June 7th,  2003, the 157th Air Operations Group, Missouri National Guard dedicated the refurbished plane to Capt. Daffron and Major Morley.  Where did the jet get it’s name?    For the poignant story,  which steps back in time and hits home with reality,  read:

https://1973whsreunion.blogspot.com/2010/08/major-charles-f-morley-mia-kia-vietnam.html

WWII Sherman Tank – holds a crew of 5 and will go 25 – 30 miles per hour.

Bell AH1 Cobra  – an attack helicopter, holds 2 men and will fly 172 miles per hour.

Lockheed C-130A-LM Hercules,   4 engine turboprop,  holds an air crew of 5 men and most anything else you can dream up.  It was made for  transporting bulky equipment such as tanks and  artillery.  But it can  also slow down  to 143  miles per hour for paratrooper drops,  fly with 1 engine if needed  and land in tight spaces.  The Hercules has a long history of use in war, world-wide humanitarian crisis,  fire-fighting  seasons and can even  be equipped with skis and runners for snow and ice.   Guaranteed fascinating reading of  the history and events the Hercules has been needed and used for  since it was first built in the 1950’s.

Thanks for reading!

Hope you enjoyed!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Dane Dodson
    Jul 26, 2017 @ 13:47:27

    Very interesting Jeannie…Thanks.

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