New Name

UNDER THE ROSE has a new name its.......BY THE SEAM.
I had trouble with the old web address so thought it would be best to change it.
Thanks for coming by and please leave me a comment so I know that you were here. Marlene

April 26, 2010

Flying Tigers

While I was at my Mom's we watched some old John Wayne movies. One of them was The Flying Tigers. It is about a group of volunteer pilots in China before WWII. It was during this movie that my Mom told me she worked on the landing gear of the P-40, the plane that they used. I knew that she had worked at Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, NY during the war and met my Dad there but never knew what she worked on.

There is a Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY. It is very close to my friends house so we went over there. They have a 3/4 size P-4o in the museum. A man in the museum told me that someone actually made the plane and flew it, so it is a working plane.

Glenn Curtiss was a mechanical genius. He made motorcycles and joined an Aerial Experiment Association founded by Alexander Graham Bell. A lot of his airplanes are in this museum and they are restoring some of them. He made some boats and did testing on Keuka Lake. Here is a link to the museum website. I hope you will check it out because it is a fascinating place. Also a link about the Flying Tigers


Anonymous said...

Cool mom story. My dad made rockets for NASA. Write Mom's story down and share it with future generations.

Auntie Em said...

Wow, that's a great story! I bet your Mom was happy to hear that you took the time to visit the museum.