We cannot claim like some other museums, that our premiere attraction is 200,000,000 years old. It is only 50 years of age. However, this puts it in the period when human beings created it, flew in it, and, of course, died in it. the unique characteristic of our main attraction and theme "Bomber Command," is that a great many of the young men and women who took part in that history making epoch are with us today to share their memories
I have listened to so many stories told from the heart, as evidenced by the brave attempts to hold back the teary eyes. When Grandad is pouting out to his grandson where he sat in that "big black bomber, " history comes alive. When hundreds of kids each year, climb into our old Anson, and suddenly become brave pilots over Germany, Grandad's stories take on a new relevance.
Yes, life in our museum takes many forms. Be it the senior volunteer who runs the museum, or the young energetic person donating their talents to restoring an aircraft, it all breaths life into that dormant entity called an air museum.
You never know who is going to walk through the front door. This summer I had the pleasure of touring a variety of supportive and interesting people. they ranged from former members of the Dutch underground to German survivors of Allied Bombing; from an exuberant class of Grade three students to an author searching for a WWII book on BCATP airfields, from a British General to a war widow who insisted on donating her late husband's uniform.
Believe me, we are creating together something that breathes life into the community and everyone involved with it. At times we wish we had the money to "create life" through a computer gave or simulation of a "bombing op," but that is not what is important. The important thing is to remember why we devoted our energies to saving an old airplane --- so succeeding generations can get a feel for the lives of those who flew, built and maintained them.