AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

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2017  Tour: Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum

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On June 21st, 35 Chesapeake Region members toured the Glenn L. Martin, Maryland Aviation Museum, located at the Martin State Airport in Middle River, Maryland.

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We gathered for an initial group photo before entering the Museum display area.

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Inside, we were divided into three smaller groups and our tour guides, all volunteers, lead us among the numerous displays, explaining the history of Glenn L. Martin and his extensive aircraft manufacturing operations.

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Guide Nancy Zellinger spoke about the early years of Glenn L. Martin's amazing career, including a cameo part in a 1915 silent movie "Girl of Yesterday" starring Mary Pickford.

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"The Early Years" era was documented by many photographs on the wall display.

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A four-engine propeller seaplane scale model was displayed in front of the wall of photographs documenting "The Depression" era.

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The large, amazing MARS seaplane was constructed and flown by Martin. No aircraft anywhere close to its massive size had ever been developed.

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Another guide describes the great diversity of aircraft that were manufactured over the years by the Martin aircraft company.

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Many of those aircraft were depicted in the scale models within the various display cases.

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The Martin "SeaMaster" aircraft saga was a particularly fascinating story to hear. The first jet-powered seaplane was determined to be "obsolete" by the military, after the contract with Martin for their construction had already been signed. Martin defiantly constructed them anyway -- afterwhich the military had them all destroyed. This publicity photo was taken before that destruction occured.

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An elegant design, but with apparently several serious initial operational problems, the Martin SeaMaster sadly lives on today in scale models only.

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After our indoor tour of the Aviation Museum, our group returned to their cars for a short caravan to Strawberry Point, where we were able to walk among a display of retired civilian and military aircraft.

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First of the group was a 1950s era Martin 404, a 40 passenger airliner utilized by Eastern Airlines and Trans World Airlines.

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The McDonnell-Douglas F4 Phantom Fighter.

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A Glenn L. Martin RB57A Canberra, USAF Light Tactical Photo-Reconnaissance Bomber.

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In three smaller groups we walked among the aircraft displays with our guides.

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The A7 Corsair II Attack Bomber presents a ferocious image to any potential adversary.

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Not to be intimated, our tour group again gathers to pose for a group photograph.

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The Vietnam-era Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter was cause for much conversation - particularly among those personally acquainted with it during the Vietnam War.

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Olivia gets an invitation for an up-close look at the "Huey" cockpit.

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Gary peers at the cockpit also.

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Martin State Airport, home of the Maryland Aviation Museum, is a base for the Maryland State Police Aviation Command, demonstrated quite dramatically while we were there, by the nearby takeoff of one of their AW-139 helicopters.

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The displayed aircraft have been obtained from many sources, and are undergoing restoration, as volunteer time and resources permit. Our antique automobile collectors can certainly relate to that.

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Airline passengers of the 1950s would have seen this view, as they climbed the stairway leading into their then-modern Martin 404 40-passenger airliner.

As we concluded the tour of the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, I'm sure everyone left with a much greater appreciation for Glenn L. Martin and his amazing aircraft legacy. We're certainly thankful for all the volunteers and contributors who have made, and continue to make this museum possible.

Chesapeake Region, AACA appreciated the chance to visit the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum and thank all the volunteers who made our visit so enjoyable.