ROME WASN'T BUILT
IN A DAY...
construction photos of the P-38 Museum, appropriately built
in the shape of a Quonset hut. (See artists rendering at left.)
Thousands of hours of volunteer work by dedicated P-38
National Association members went into the construction of the Museum,
made possible through the thousands of donated dollars by many generous
people, all sharing a common goal: the preservation of the P-38
The P-38 Hangar Museum features the largest and most
comprehensive collection of World War II P-38 material ever
assembled under one roof. Over twenty WWII organizations are
represented. The history of the P-38 from its design to
construction are featured as well as special events, histories of
individual achievements and a life-sized P-38 replica.
Memorabilia of all things concerning the operations and exploits of
World War II's most magnificent fighter aircraft have been donated.
Visitors can learn more about the important part the P-38
played during one of our nation's finest hours. There is also a
continuing media viewing on the development and construction of the 38,
as well as aerial and ground footage of the aircraft.
Squadron histories and hundreds of
fantastic photographs (most from private collections and many never
before seen in public) are currently on display. Photographs give
visitors a real "hands on" feeling of what it must have been like for
those brave and daring airmen of over 50 years ago.
Dick Willsie (pictured right), a retired P-38 pilot and
one-time President of the Association, and Lee Northrop, of the
475th Fighter Squadron, were the
men most responsible for making sure the Museum got built. In
Willsie's honor, the meeting area adjacent to the Museum was named the
"Willsie Pavilion." It is where our membership meetings and
barbeques used to take place before we got our own meeting trailer.
The Museum hangar has improved quite a bit since it was first built, but
here are a few more fuzzy construction photos (click to enlarge):
The first load of panels
Hard at work...
The Willsie Pavilion
The Finished Product
(Before landscaping and Tony LeVier Monument Construction)
Our Museum as it Looks
beautiful monument now resides in front of our Museum. Find
out how to have your name engraved on it
This is the
gorgeous new sign (designed by our former President, Stan
Jones) which now resides on the back side of our Museum.
They should be able to see that pretty clearly from I-215
The P-38 National Association also donated this beautiful
sculpture, which resides in the main courtyard of the March