Warplanes & Museums

Written by J.K. Kelly on June 18th, 2020

With the COVID virus disrupting life across North America and around the world just about everything we’re passionate about has been postponed, canceled, or in many cases, closed down as a result. The annual schedule of warbird appearances and related events has been demolished with everything from the World War II Weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania to Wisconsin’s Oshkosh Fly-In the latest casualties. Sadly, without the revenue from those appearances and events, many of the planes and museums may not survive.

In 2018 I attended the summer event at the National Warplane Museum near Rochester, New York. It was a great weekend where I not only got to explore and take a ride in the “Whiskey 7” C-47 that carried paratroopers into the darkness over Normandy for the D-Day Invasion but I was also introduced to Les Cruise, an American Hero, who jumped from that plane that night and was later injured in battle. In addition to meeting so many great people that weekend I also spent time in the Movie Memphis Belle which was quite an education for me.

Before visiting the events in Reading and Rochester in 2018 I had released my debut novel FOUND IN TIME and was now working on the sequel, THE LOST PULSE. Motivated by what I had experienced that summer I wrote a fictional scene in THE LOST PULSE that told of the President of the United States attending a warbird event on the 4th of July as he climbed aboard a C-47 and related a tale about the Normandy invasion that had broken his late mother’s heart. That scene is included in the NEWS section of this site and I encourage you to give it a read.

While preparing for the 2020 warbird schedule and appearances I had planned for this year I commissioned art to memorialize the scene and had it printed on t-shirts to help promote THE LOST PULSE. Now through July 4th, for every copy of FOUND IN TIME or THE LOST PULSE that is purchased directly on this website, and for every TLP t-shirt that is purchased, I will be making a donation of $1 and $5 respectively to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania. Just click on GEAR to find the books and the shirts. There are so many planes and museums that need our support to keep going and it makes sense for me to contribute to one that is local and first introduced me to something very special. Mark your calendars for June 4-6, 2021 for the return of their big event. By the way, if you travel through the Dayton, Ohio area be sure to visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force. It’s extraordinary.

Thank you for your consideration and best wishes for a full recovery from this viral nightmare. JK

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