Friday, January 20, 2012

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport and the Historic Aviation Memorial Musem

We went on a TACHE tour to the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport and the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas. First we visited the Airport with the TACHE group and our grandparents. When we went to the airport, we got to see the area where the security checks the luggage. We learned that there is a big machine like a X-ray that scans the items. If there are metal or weapons that are not suppose to be inside the luggage or on the passengers it will be detected. There are rules about liquid items too as they cause safety problems. Next, we had lunch at the Skyline Cafe. The food was great and they have a variety of items on the menu. My granddad had the special which was fried shrimp and my grandmother had a veggie burger. Meanwhile my mom and brother shared a cheese burger with onion rings, I had a hamburger and my sister had chicken tortilla soup.
The manager, Mr. Larry was very accommodating to our group and said his children were home schooled until high school. Finally, we had a wonderful tour of the Aviation Museum. The docents have served in the armed services such as the Vietnam War and World War 2. The museum had a flight simulator which I got to try out a flight simulator is a computer(s) screen set up to re-create aircraft flight and various aspects of the flight environment. It was really fun although I had to land on a taxi way because I missed the runway. The museum has a very large collection of aviation memorabilia spanning from the 20th Century (1900-2000). The museum has it's own hangar which they keep old war planes in. My favorite parts of the museum was the  flight simulator, war planes and the World War 2 area. I really enjoyed learning about the wars the docents were in, too. I had a great time and loved the museum.