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What is the value of keeping vintage airplanes flying instead of maintaining them on static display?

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Warbird collector Gerald Yagen keeps an impressive stable of World War I and II airplanes flying at his Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. Considering the risks involved, what is the value of keeping vintage airplanes flying instead of maintaining them on static display?

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2 Responses to “What is the value of keeping vintage airplanes flying instead of maintaining them on static display?”

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    Jes says:

    One obvious reason to keep them flying is, of course, so that folks in other parts of the country can have a chance to see them, without traveling all the way to Virginia Beach. A more central location, like maybe Wright-Patterson, in Ohio, might be a better choice. But then again, they have quite a collection at WP, already.
    As far as the "risks", the jocks who fly them seem to love the thrill and never cease to chat about them… So be it.

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    Ian Fleming says:

    Because to fly is what is was designed to do. To see these beautiful old aircraft in the element they were designed to occupy, to hear and feel the the power of the engines, to remind the young the word didn't suddenly appear when they were born, and to have them stand in awe of what was done by their fathers and their fathers father.
    Tall ships should not be in dry dock, they should be on the sea, with sails unfurled running with the wind, crewed by young people who have been taught to respect the beauty and skill needed to master it.
    Old cars should not be in museums, they should on the road or on the track, where they can be seen, heard and admired in their element.
    This is why, it's passion, it's remembering, it's respect, it's history…

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