SUBJECT: Peterson Air & Space Museum Volunteers Staff Meeting, 25 June 04

ATTENDEES: Ronald D. Gray, Brig Gen USAF (Ret), Vice President, Ed Weaver, CMSgt USAF (Ret) Secretary/Treasurer, Col Yankee, 21SW/DS, Dr Mary Elizabeth Ruwell, Museum Director, Mike McCorkle, Deputy Director, Jack McKinney, CMSgt USAF (Ret), Ernie Newman, CMSgt USAF (Ret), Frank Wisneski, Col USAF (Ret), John Cawood, Lt Col USAF (Ret), Charlie McCarthy, Col USAF (Ret), Bob Emmons, Col USAF (Ret), Danny O'Connell, CMSgt USAF (Ret), S. Parks Deming, Board of Directors, Jane Newman, Scott Lee, CMSgt USAF (Ret), 50 SW, Terry Galbreath, Major USAF (Ret), Larry Flynn, Col USAF (Ret)

Meeting was called to order by Vice President GRAY at 0900 hours in the Old City Hangar. GRAY thanked those who volunteer to work in support of the Boeing Exhibit "A Day in the Life of the Military." Over 1,000 individuals toured the exhibit. GRAY also reported the favorable comments Brigadier General Deal made during his recent visit to the Museum.


1. FINANCIAL STATEMENT: Financial status as of 31 May 04 was presented to and accepted by the staff. Statement is attached. (WEAVER-INFO)

Cash Available: 18,967

CY 04 Income: 7,592

CY 03 Expenditures: 5,479



Visitors 1049

Vols working this month 36

Volunteer Hours 840

Total Vols on Roll 79

Accessions 134

Inventory directed by the AF Museum continues (MCKINNEY-INFO)

3. GIFT SHOP: Inventory has been updated and expanded. Sales for the month were 930 dollars, best month so far this year. (WEAVER-INFO)

4. CUATOR'S UPDATE: RUWELL reported that her last duty day with the Museum would be 10 Jul 04. She has accepted a position at the USAF Academy.

F-106 DROP TANKS: GALBREATH and SMALLEY volunteered to drive to DM AFB in July to pick up the items. RUWELL will work the necessary paper work for transfer. (GALBREATH & SMALLEY-ACTION)

F-101B & F-104A: RUWELL added the F-101B restoration to the unfunded Wing requirements for FY05. (RUWELL-ACTION)


HVAC SYSTEM: Col YANKEE reported that the Wing was working out details to accept and install a donated system for the Terminal Building. He also indicated funding for a HVAC system for the "Old City Hangar" was a high priority for end of year funding. (INFO)


P-47N RESTORATION: Bill EMERY, 144 FIW, visited the Museum in early June to inspect the aircraft in preparation for painting scheduled for 1 Aug 04. He found the aircraft acceptable for painting. Aircraft will be "rolled out" of the Hangar during mid July for washing and painting. (MCCORKLE-INFO)

EB-57E: Paint has arrived from the VTANG and plan for painting the Aircraft still on target for early Sept 04. (MCCORKLE-INFO)

EC-121T: Water leak has been repaired. Will be doing addition water sealing during this Saturday's work day. (MCORKLE-INFO)


AIR DEFENSE: AD Timeline completed by Multi Media. Several new equipment donations discussed; AD console from McCord AFB, Radar models, and equipment at Limon CO. More information to follow. (MCKINNEY-INFO)

ICBM: Black gang completed frame work for the enclosure. Material to cover the frame has been ordered and expected to arrive next week. (GRAY-INFO)

CM COC: Working out details with Gen DEAL's staff to tour the operations centers and exhibits in the Tech Support Facilities. (EMMONS-INFO)

TERMINAL-WW II: Working on three projects; "You are Here" diorama, expansion of the exhibits for early Colorado Springs aviation and Peterson AAC Base (WW II era), and aircraft recognition display building by school children during WW II. Requested two display cases be built by the black gang for special exhibits. (J. NEWMAN)

MISSILE WARNING & SPACE SURVEILLANCE: Working group will have exhibit up by the end of the year. Currently working on display plan and time line. FLYNN asked for assistance from Col YANKEE (21 SW) for assistance in obtaining artifacts from units. (FLYNN-INFO)

7. SPECIAL EVENTS: Sunset in the Park now confirmed for 25 Sep 04. Working group had its first meeting. Event will be coupled to the 50th Years of Space and Missiles Celebration. WEAVER-INFO)




8. PUBLIC AFFAIRS: "Tar Fly" tape has been enhanced. Copies of "Tar Fly" will be provided to the Ex-POW speaker's bureau (Bill SHEAVES) for their use during public presentations. "Welcoming" video is being updated. Will be working on the P-47N restoration efforts. (E.NEWMAN-INFO)

9. DOCENT PROGRAM: Draft Operating Plan is completed. Plan is written to allow the Museum to grow into the plan with a number of duties being realigned. Primary functions to be preformed will be Tours, Outreach, Gift Shop, Training, and Protocol. O'CONNELL-INFO)

10. WEBMASTER: Passed 16,000 hits this week. Doing a number of updates, will add the "You Are Here" design to provide a virtual tour of the museum. Provided an example of a profile of Museum members/volunteers and asked for comments and suggestions. (SMALLEY)


1. SCOTLAND'S SECRET BUNKER: GALBREATH provided copies of the web site that displays the recently declassified underground bunker (AKA England's Cheyenne Mountain Combat Operations Center). He plans to visit the bunker soon and will obtain more information about who operates the Museum. (GALBREATH-INFO)

2. RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY: SMALLEY suggested that the Museum consider an exhibit for next year's event (recently held at the USAFA). MCKINNEY also suggested the development of a "small traveling" Museum display for such events. (J.NEWMAN & BLACK GANG-ACTION)


GRAY recognized Col YANKEE (last duty day 14 Jul 04-retirement) for his outstanding support of all our going activities at the Museum. YANKEE thanked the volunteers for their many hours to preserve the heritage of Peterson and its' missions. All are invited to his retirement ceremony at 1400hrs, 16 Jul 04 at the Officer's Club.

Thank you Col will be missed!!

D. NEXT MEETING: 0900hrs, 30 July 04 in the Old City Hangar.