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4/30/2013 11:21:00 AM
Editorial: Take time to visit area museums during Museum Month
Williams-Grand Canyon News

May is Museum Month. It is not difficult to celebrate the occasion since a wonderful museum is located locally. The Planes of Fame Museum in Valle is a satellite of one of the oldest aviation museums in the world - the Planes of Fame in Chino, Calif. The Planes of Fame Museums were among the first to restore aircraft in their collections to air-worthy condition. The Valle Museum has many one-of-a-kind still flying airplanes including General MacArthur's C-121A Constellation, the only flying Conveyor 240 in the world and the last Martin 404 still flying.

Planes of Fame is world-renowned among aviation enthusiasts. Many of the aircraft in their fleet have starred in famous movies - the P-40 in "Valkyrie;" the Skyraider in "Flight of the Intruders" and again in "We were Soldiers;" the B-25 in "Forever Young;" the Japanese Val in "Tora, Tora, Tora," "Pearl Harbor" and "The Aviator;" and the Stearman PT-17 in "Rocky and Bullwinkle."

The museum's curator, Bob Reed, clearly loves what he does and it shows. Planes of Fame is a great tourism asset to our culturally rich area.

The Ash Fork Pioneer Day Celebration takes place Saturday with a variey of events for the whole family. The events, including a parade, chili cook-off, music and arts and crafts demonstrations, take place at the Ash Fork Route 66 museum.

The museum features exhibits on the Harvey Girls, Route 66 and Arizona's rich train history.

Visit the Planes of Fame museum at 755 Mustang Way at the junction of Highways 64 and 180 north of Williams and the Ash Fork Route 66 Museum at 901 W. Old Route 66 in Ash Fork during the month of May to celebrate Museum Month.

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