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Chanute Air Museum is Closing :(

22 October 2015

Thanks to Roger Peterson we’ve learned the Chanute Air Museum has been slated for closure the December (in 2015). It could not survive the decommissioning of the neighboring USAF base, Octave Chanute, and the town, Village of Rantoul, can no longer support the museum with its four dozen aircraft and scored upon scored of artifacts, either.

The vast majority of the aircraft belong to the U.S. Air Force Museum and two belong the U.S. Naval Aviation Museum−moving these aircraft will involve time, funds as well as new locations. There are the artifacts, too, which deserve consideration.

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  1. shortfinals permalink
    22 October 2015 07:08

    It is more than 30 years since I visited Chanute AFB, but I was amazed at some of the rare aircraft held there…a TF-102 stands out. This is a great loss.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      22 October 2015 08:37

      The TF-102 is a curious bird and good to look at, as well. Yes, the museum closing is bad news but a victim of military base downsizing. All those will likely be moved since they are on loan, that will be a logistical measure, and expense, but I’m sure they have a plan in place.

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