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Hi, images from the Italian military aviation museum on the shore of Lake Bracchiano, north of Rome. Although in the region of the village of Vigna di Valle, it is located on the lake shore and is equidistant in the opposite direction to the town of Bracchiano. This site is quite historic and was one of the first landing grounds in Italy, for airships and balloons, becoming a seaplane base as well, where, during WW2 this enormous crane was used to hoist flying boats and floatplanes out of the lake. Grumman Albatri were based here for SAR duties. HU-16 Crane The waterfront flying boat park and jetty, with watch tower. Lago di Bracchiano Barchina Idroplano hydrofoil driven by an aircraft engine. Barchina Idroplano Captured Austro-Hungarian Lohner flying boat, with SPAD VII, Macchi-Hanriot HD.1 and Ansaldo SVA behind. Lohner front Caproni Ca.36. Caproni Ca.36 Schneider Trophy winning Macchi M.39. M.39 World Speed Record holding Macchi MC.72. MC.72 The MC.72's Fiat AS.6 V-24 engine. Fiat AS.6 IMAM Ro.37 found in Afghanistan and rerstored. Ro.37 rear Fiat CR.42. CR.42 front Caproni Campini CC.2 hydrid jet. Its compressor, seen below it was driven by a piston engine. Caproni Campini CC.2 There are three of Mario Castoldi's fighter designs on display in the museum; Macchi MC.202. C.202 nose Macchi MC.200. MC.200 side Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero. SM.79 CANT Z.506 Airone. These were kept in this very hangar during WW2 after being lifted out of the lake by the crane outside. Z.506 nose Fiat G-91Y. G-91Y Licence built F-104S, with F-86, AMX, Tornado F.3 and Frecce Tricolori G-91PAN. F-104S First Italian aircraft to exceed the speed of sound, the Aerfer Sagittario II. Sagittario II Frecce Tricolori MB.339. MB.339 More images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157712453495152/with/49307751233/ For those of you wanting to make the trip there, and I would highly recommend it, a few tips. Conventional wisdom says to catch a train to Vigna di Valle and attempt to catch a taxi from the cafe. Don't get off at Vigna di Valle, as the taxis often refuse to go out there from Bracciano, which is where they come from. Go straight to Bracchiano; there are almost always taxis at the train station and they will charge only 15 Euro to go to the museum. You can also organise a return trip with the same driver. Trains to Bracchiano are also more frequent from Rome. There is a bus from Bracchiano, but, don't be tight, it's only a 30 Euro round trip and the museum is free. Thanks for looking.
I had occasion to visit the HAM Museum in Tyler, Texas this past weekend (March 19th, 2016). This is a small museum located at the regional airport just west of Tyler, housed in the old terminal building. For such a small museum, they have quite a number of interesting artifacts and aircraft, including some very knowledgable staff. The museum website may be found here: http://tylerhamm.com/ It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Here's a sampling of some of the items contained in the museum. Please excuse the photography as I was trying out a new camera and probably didn't get the indoor settings adjusted properly. The rest of the images from the museum may be viewed at my Photobucket page here: http://s1252.photobucket.com/user/Donnyb17/library/HAM%20Museum%20-%20Tyler%20Texas%20-%20March%202016?sort=9&page=1 http://s1252.photobucket.com/user/Donnyb17/library/HAM%20Museum%20-%20Tyler%20Texas%20-%20March%202016?sort=9&page=2 I'll try to upload the aircraft photos from the museum and the Collings Foundation soon. Gary