Sunday, May 20, 2007

Armed Forces Day at KBAK

Tony and Me at KBAKOn Saturday morning, Dianne and I flew to the Columbus, Indiana airport (KBAK) for brunch. The field was a former air force base that has been converted into a municipal airport. The runways are very long and there is a lot of space on the ramp for parking. Dianne got a nice shot of me with the Tiger on the ramp in front of the main terminal.

There is a good restaurant called Hangar 5 in the main terminal building. They serve breakfast and lunch. The restaurant has a strong aviation theme with aviation named entrees (I had the Cherokee), waiters in commercial pilot uniforms, aviation decor, etc. There are lots of booths near a long set of windows that give an excellent view of the main ramp and runways. The food isn't fancy, but it was good.

The field also has a small military aviation museum, the Atterbury-Bakalar museum, that gives some history associated with the former military base. The emphasis is the WWII to Vietnam era. Since it was Armed Forces Day, the museum was open for extended hours and there were folks that had brought in items from WWII and Vietnam to re-enact what a camp would look like. It was a nice bonus to see during our visit. Click here to look at the entire set of photos on Flickr.

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