SUBJECT: Peterson Air & Space Museum Volunteers Staff Meeting, 29 April 2005

ATTENDEES: Jerry "Mike" Drennan, Brig Gen USAF (Ret), Ron Gray, Brig Gen USAF (Ret), Gail Whalen, Museum Director, Vice President; Ed Weaver, CMSgt USAF (Ret) Secretary/Treasurer; Jeff Nash, DAFC, Museum Assistant Director; Jack McKinney, CMSgt USAF (Ret); Ernie Newman, CMSgt USAF (Ret); John Cawood, Lt Col USAF (Ret); Erv Smalley, SMSgt USAF (Ret); Lt Col USAF (Ret), Ed Kelly, SMSgt USAF (Ret); Norm Moyer, SMSgt USAF (Ret), Danny O’Connell, CMSgt USAF (Ret), Tom Scalan, Lt Col USAF (Ret), Charlie McCarthy, Col, USAF (Ret), Womack Martin, CMSgt USAF (Ret), Joan Sell, Ed Kelly, SMgt USAF (Ret), Tony Roman, MSgt, USAF (Ret), Frank Wisneski, Col USAF (Ret), Frank Stampf, Col USAF (Ret), MSgt Karen Klein, Museum Staff, TSgt Candi Joy, Museum Staff

President DRENNAN called the meeting to order at 0900 hours in the Old City Hangar. Presentation was made to Col William Skains, ANG Advisor to NORAD/CC (Former 144 FW/CC Fresno ANGB CA) for his support of the Museum during his assignment at Fresno. A commemorative tile will be placed in the Air Park to honor the 144th FIW.


1. FINANCIAL REPORT: Financial status as of 31 Mar 05 was presented to and accepted by the staff. Statement is attached. (WEAVER-INFO)

Cash Available: 22,069

CY 05 Income: 14,814

CY 04 Expenditures: 7.084


Mar 05 Total (CY)

Visitors 380 380 (Closed 1 Jan-8 Mar 05)

Vols working this month 29

Volunteer Hours 940.5 2277

Total Vols on Roll 77

Accessions 26


3. GIFT SHOP: Reopened on 8 Mar 05. Sales were 1,319 dollars for March 05. (WEAVER-INFO)


ON GOING CONSTRUCTION: Terminal Building HVAC system turned on today. The ADA ramp has been installed in the Hangar. Replacement benches for the Air Park have arrived. Construction work on the Medal of Honor Grove is underway.

HAWK MISSILES AND LAUNCHER: Contract should be awarded within the next two weeks to restore two missiles.

EQUIPMENT TURN-IN: Waiting fund cite from National Museum of the Air Force to transport the HU-16 prop.

CANADIAN EXHIBIT: Informal information received from the 971st Wing indicates the exhibit will be removed by 15 May 05.

EC-121T: Contract to restore both radar domes and tip tanks should be awarded within the next two weeks.

5. P-47N RESTORATION: Cockpit seat is finished, arm rests pads and back pad are being made, they will be ready next week. Working with the Commemorative AF (CAF) on getting the armor-plating pattern for the cockpit seat. Jerry Kovach and Ed Mega will made a three day trip to the CAF first week in May to get information and perhaps parts such as gun blast tubes. (WHALEN-INFO)

6. EC-121T RESTORATION: All four engines have been cleaned during the last two weeks. Engines also were enclosed with a wire netting to prevent birds from nesting. Curtains made for the aircraft windows will have to be redone. GRAY suggested that we document how to open and close the engines and establish a cleaning schedule during the year rather than cleaning all engines in the spring. (CAWOOD-INFO)


a. PAVERS: 21st CES is working on the design to install the tiles in the Air Park. However, they are out of monies. Once we obtain the design, we will look at what options we have to get the work accomplished.

b. P-47N Restoration: Cut off date for corporation donations is 10 May 05. A working group is working the phones hard. (SELL-INFO)

8. ENCAPSULATION PROJECT: Materials are on hand. We are awaiting design of the Air Defense exhibit before we can proceed further. (WEAVER-INFO)

9. PUBLIC AFFAIRS: The Sampson AFB Veteran’s Association provided a picture taken between 14 and 26 April 1955, of the Wild Hair on static display at Sampson AFB NY. It is believed the aircraft flew from it’s last assignment with the PRANG to Sampson were it was placed on static display. It was moved to an American Legion Post in Newark NY when Sampson closed in 1956. (E.NEWMAN-INFO)

10. WEBMASTER: More than 1,800O hits during the last thirty days. Current total is 31,800. Numerous new items posted to include workday events and SR-71 aircraft that made an emergency landing at Peterson during 67-68-time period. (SMALLEY-INFO)

11. ICBM EXHIBIT: Enclosure has been completed. Working to obtain a number of items still missing from the Launch Control Center. Need to work with the Museum Curator to further construct the exhibit (GRAY-INFO).

12. DOCENT PROGRAM: The number of tour groups has kept the staff very busy despite the poor weather during the last two months. We need to find more volunteers to add to the Docent staff. (O’CONNELL)


1. VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: The 21st Space Wing’s annual appreciation luncheon was held at Base Chapel 1100-1300 22 Apr 05 to honor all the base volunteers. About 12 Museum volunteers attended. (WEAVER-INFO)

2. AIR SHOW BOOTH: The Museum will not operate a booth during the Air Show during the 4 June 2005 Base Open House. However, the Museum will be open and we will need additional volunteers to work that Saturday. (WEAVER-INFO)

3. STAFF CHANGES: Due to AF Wide funding restrictions, MSgt Karen Klein and TSgt Candi Joy’s last duty day will be 30 Apr 05. DRENNAN & WHALEN expressed, their personal and on behalf of all volunteers and staff members, thanks and well wishes to both. A luncheon followed at Solo’s. (INFORMATION)

4. RETIREMENT: NASH reported TSgt Fraser’ retirement ceremony will be1300hrs, 3 Jun 05 in the Old City Hangar. Everyone is invited. (NASH-INFO)

5. AF RADAR SITES ICELAND REUNION: We are expecting 150 individuals to tour and have dinner inside the Hangar on the 14th of May 05. We will conduct a ‘lessons learned’ to evaluate the pros and cons of future reunions of this size. (WEAVER-INFO)

6. CURATOR’S OBJECTIVES: WHALEN has established five short-term objectives: 1) manning and docents, 2) inventory, 3) oral history program, 4) meeting with each exhibit committee, 5) establish maintenance program. (WHALEN-INFO)

7. CMOC ARTIFACTS: GRAY indicated he has had a recent discussion with B/G DEAL, NORAD CMOC Commander, to move a number of items to the Museum. MCKINNEY was asked to contact Lt Col Winn to work out the details. (MCKINNEY-ACTION)

C. NEXT MEETING: 0900hrs, 27 May 2005 in the Old City Hangar.