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Douglas Price and John Washko, Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
“At the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CSCVB), also known as Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak, we know that the military has a significant economic impact on the Pikes Peak region and our local economy. Annually, we welcome approximately 5.5 million visitors overall to our local area; many of them come here for family or military reunions, or to visit a loved one serving at Ft. Carson (U.S. Army Post), Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base or at the U.S. Air Force Academy, all located in Colorado Springs. Our community also includes many retired service members.
Considering the strong military presence in our area and the economic impact of our military and the tourism industry in this region, the CSCVB strongly endorses establishing The National Museum of World war II Aviation in Colorado Springs. In addition to its role in improving the overall educational environment in Colorado Springs, the state, region and nation, the museum will be an important new cultural attraction that will contribute to the quality of life in the Colorado Springs area, making it a more desirable location to attract and retain high-quality business enterprises and their employees. It will also be a significant new cultural attraction in Colorado Springs adding to the economic development potential of cultural tourism.
We are looking forward to the completion of The National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs.”
Terry Sullivan, President & CEO (ret) Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
“We quickly forget the great American people of the WWII era who built, flew andserviced the great aircraft of our past and helped to achieve the ultimate victory. My father was such a man. I know his spirit, someday, will travel the halls of the National Museum of WWII aviation as he casts his gaze upon the beauty and majesty of the old Navy planes he once flew. I hope, someday that many, manyothers can share this same marvel.”
Joe Woodford, CEO, The Woodford Foundation; Chairman of the Board of WCM Industries
“I whole heartedly support The National Museum of World War II Aviation to be built in Colorado Springs. I am impressed by the educational aspects and feel the Museum will help young people lean history, science and math, in a captivating environment. The addition of the NMWWIIA in this community should add to the critical mass of aviation related activities, such as the Air Force Academy and the Peterson Air and Space Museum, thereby enriching the experience and the duration of stay of visitors in the region.
I am glad to see the emphasis on the technological advancements and the other activities of the Home Front which are planned for his Museum. This leap in technology, during the less than four years of the war, propelled our county and the world in a way almost unmatched! This story has never been told in the manner planned for this Museum, yet the accomplishments of the Home Front propelled the United States forward for decades of financial, scientific, military and technological supremacy.
Visitors to the Museum will also have the opportunity of visiting WestPac Restorations and observe first-hand the equipment used in the 1930’s and 1940’s to build and modify World War II aircraft. What advances we have made over the years! This company is a genuine asset to the community and to aviation and history enthusiasts throughout the U.S.”
Andreas Haagen Birch
"As a high school student I enjoy learning new things. And oh boy, did I learn a lot in that museum! Whoever says museums are boring should definitely pay a visit to The National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs. From the outside it looks just like a normal building, but wow! It is an entirely another world inside. You are greeted by friendly staff right away, who have not only interest in this, but also experience. This is a good cause, and I cannot encourage others enough to go there.”
“...The World War II Aviation Museum is a place with proficient aviation preservers. Let me tell you what I found interesting.
In algebra you might feel you’re doing meaningless problems with x’s and y’s. By visiting this museum, you can realize that airplanes are a real life application for math you might be performing presently. It was fun for me to see the real-life relevance for math. Not only did I value that, I appreciated seeing restored planes at the end of the tour. Since I am a visual person, feeling and viewing old planes was appealing. I think preserving, fixing, and showing old planes is admirable. Taking long forgotten airplanes from World War II and making them into flyable beauties, is what the people from World War II Aviation Museum accomplish.
Thanks for preserving history for the future. Now when you look up at the sky and see a plane fly by with celerity, hopefully now you’ll see the significance of planes.”
“Thank you for the tour, it was very interesting. I enjoyed learning about the microfiche lab. It is hard to believe that all those drawings were made by hand! It is pretty amazing that you guys take the time to look back at all the old drawings when you are rebuilding an airplane, just to be sure you get it right. I like that in your museum people will be able to touch things. A lot of museums let you look and not touch. I really enjoyed being able to touch the old aircraft on our tour, and seeing pictures of the airplanes in the jungle before you restore them."
“Thank you for allowing us to tour your facility and hear about the museum. I was touring with my grandparents and dad. One thing that I think is going to be a big hit with the museum is the grown-up/kid friendly theme...Discovering how you restored the planes was fascinating. It was neat that you used a lot of authentic techniques to restore the planes. I was amazed to learn how much work goes into each plane! I also thought the room with all of the old hammers was very interesting.
One of my favorite portions of the tour was seeing the cockpit of the old plane from the burial site for planes. In addition, seeing the signatures and stamps on some of the parts you showed us, made me excited to think of all the men and women that originally worked on them.
My other grandpa, who lives in California, was in WWII. He was in the Navy, but flew in planes as a photographer sometimes, I kept wishing he could go to the museum with me – he would love it!”
“Thank you for taking the time to give us a tour of the building. I thought it was fascinating that you can make really bent propellers perfect again...I didn’t know people drew out the plans of how to build the planes and things before computers..."
“...I have never been enthralled with aviation, but, after this tour I found a greater interest in the complexity and intricacy of these powerful machines. I found it interesting that when an airplane broke down in World War II, it was buried in an “airplane graveyard” with it’s right wind and tail cut off so that the enemy could not use it. The restoration of transforming what many would consider a worthless piece of metal, into an aircraft in its original flying condition, was astounding, So many long hours go into a single aircraft, every measurement must be perfect, every proportion exact, and all for the sake of preserving history......I have a new respect for these pieces of history that you all show such a great passion for.”