|This vehicle is almost, but not quite, as fast as a Speed Four. |
Better armed, though.
Which left me with idle hands.
Well, I've already discovered that going window shopping is a very bad activity for me. Going to look at motorcycles would have just been risking my finances. So instead, I decided to grab my brother Noodles and go look at airplanes.
It's funny how challenging it can be to find an aviation museum when you need one, but we came across the details for the Commemorative Air Force museum at Fleming Field in South St. Paul. We went, expecting a museum with a few well-preserved airplanes safely tucked into bed behind velvet ropes.
What we found was a working hangar with airplanes that are currently flying on a regular basis. Airplanes a curious biker can climb right into, if so inclined. Airplanes a biker could even get a ride in, with a little advance notice.
Well, neither of us were expecting such an opportunity, so we just had to make do with climbing all over and into the airplanes.
The volunteers were happy to see us and show us around, though they were all curious how we had heard about them. Apparently there had been a recent article in the newspaper about them, so the prior weekend they had been very, very busy. Otherwise they barely get any visitors. Which is a shame, because how many air museums let you climb into the cockpit of a B-25J bomber?
The museum has limited hours, but is absolutely worth a visit if you happen to be in the area on a Saturday.