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I've been debating on how to present this thread. Tell the truth or be like a politician and present it like nothing is wrong.

I don't really want to come across as a whining cry baby but the show was a disappointment. Several things didn't happen. No DC-3 or Martin 404. If I had known these planes weren't going to be on display, I probably wouldn't have made the thousand mile drive.

No TWA museum on Sunday. Closed. How can you close a museum on an airshow day with 2 TWA a/c just down the ramp[they should have been parked in front of the museum].

The other annoyance was the parking of smaller a/c UNDER the Connie and MD83. I don't mean next to them, UNDER THEM. Are they nuts?!

Here are some pictures:
Here is the Connie. Beautiful plane.
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An interior picture. I didn't realize that there was so much stand up room. More roomy than I thought.
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A/C right overwing emergency exit. Would not be fun in the unlikely event...
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Tip tank close up. In this picture you can see what I am talking about. Notice that the CAP are parked UNDER the wing of the Connie. Another 172 was also under the tail. My complaint here is that it spoils the ability to get an un-obscured photo. The second thing is, if this were my Connie, no way would I EVER allow another a/c to park under my wing. The only 2 things I want under my wing is bad weather or solid ground.
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That MD83 was the sole reason for coming out to the airshow. When I saw the small planes parked under it, I was just so disappointed. I don't like clutter. I did my best to keep them out of my photos.

She's a beautiful plane.
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If you look around the a/c, you can see the smaller planes close to the MD. One of them is under the tail.

I don't know who orchestrated the layout of all the a/c but in my opinion, they really screwed up. Not only that, it would seem that they catered to all the "Tent Vendors." There were more vendors selling there "stuff" than static displays.

Don't get me wrong, I loved seeing the Connie and MD. It felt so darn good to be standing next to a real airplane with the big bold red logo-TWA. I just stood there staring at them.

While I may be the shortest employed with TWA among this group, TWA influenced me the most of all the places I've been. No regrets.

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Being disappointed, I left the show 6 hours earlier than planned. Funny thing, I wasn't the only person leaving. Many other people boarded the bus and left too.

To help save the day, I headed over the Missouri River into the city and visited the WWI museum. What a fantastic place. I walked in a bit skeptical thinking it was a tourist trap. No way! Very impressive. Coming here, saved my day.

Here is the outside view of the museum. After going inside, I came out and went up the tower. 217AGL. The view from there is amazing. I watched the Blue Angels from there. At times, I actually looked down on them as they flew by.
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Two artillery guns:
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French aircraft [forgot to write it down]
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After leaving the museum, I walked across the street to the Union Station. That was just as fantastic and the WWI museum.

Walking around, I spotted this Kansas City Southern locomotive.
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After that, I got on my bike and rode around town looking for RR stuff. I stumbled upon an old freight house across the tracks from Union Station. Several upscale restaurants are there. I picked one on the end for dinner and watch BNSF trains pass by. This also made my day!

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