December 3-5, 2004
AWONers Tour Tucson: Sharon
Crowley Edwards and Roger McKee Conner traveled to Tucson
to visit Steve and Penny LeGrand. On Saturday, Tom Wiley, a docent at the Pima Air and Space Museum
in Tucson, took them on a tour of that huge facility. 250 airplanes of nearly every description are there,
both outside and in large hangar-like buildings. 300 volunteers serve the 200,000 visitors who visit
every year. It is the largest privately funded museum of its type.
It was a cold and rainy day
at the museum and the "natives" were quite apologetic about the
wetness and chill, but the weather didn't detract at all from the AWONers' enjoyment of this amazing place.
On Friday evening Penny and
husband Steve hosted Sharon Crowley Edwards,
Roger McKee Connor, and Elaine and Frank Brodzinski for pizza at their
lovely home in Oro Valley, about 20 miles North of Tucson.
At the Pima Museum: Steve LeGrand, Penny LeGrand, Sharon Edwards, Roger Connor, and Tom Wiley.
Of particular interest to the
group was the B-24 Liberator because Sharon's and Penny's fathers
and Tom's brother flew and died in similar planes. The Liberator in the museum is inside a hangar
and looks to be in such good shape that it could take off any time. A mannekin is shown
standing in the waist gunner position.
The photos were provided by
Sharon Crowley Edwards and Roger McKee Connor, with thanks!