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Military and Society Class Visit Air Force Museum

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


On October 12, Dr. John Lomax and Professor Ray Schuck took the students in “Military and Society” on a field trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton. The museum holds the country’s largest collection of military aircraft and other artifacts of war in the air. The students saw aircraft from every era in the history of military aviation, including a B-17, the “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby,” from the Second World War. An AC-130A transport plane, the workhorse of the American military from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. A Juncker Ju52, a transport plane that carried paratroops and cargo for the Germans during the Second World War. Hitler also used a Ju52 as his personal aircraft in the 1930’s, most notably in the opening scenes of Leni Riefenstahl’s infamous propaganda film, “Triumph of the Will.” Professor Schuck, the department’s museum specialist used the museum’s collection to discuss the decisions that curators make when they select artifacts and decide how to display them for the public.

“Military and Society” is the gateway to a wide range of courses that the department offers on war, the military, and the relationship between warfare and the political, social, cultural, and economic life of peoples and their governments. These include courses on the Crusades, the Wars of Religion, the revolutions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the American Civil War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Cold War, espionage during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, wars in Africa, contemporary asymmetrical warfare, and terrorism.

In front of the B-17 (Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby) are:

Standing: Joe Fisher, Jerry Nelson, Stephen Borden, Cat Apicella, Brad Nungester, Mike Dunson, Lauren Colby, Brendan Kinder, Patrick Blasius, and John Curiel.

Kneeling: Dr. John Lomax.

In front of the AC-130A are: Lauren Colby, Brendan Kinder, Cat Apicella, Patrick Blasius, Jerry Nelson, Brad Nungester, Stephen Borden, Joe Fisher, and Mike Dunson.

In front of the Juncker Ju52 are: Stephen Borden and Joe Fisher.