I’m visiting Springfield, Missouri this week to join the festivities for the opening of the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium and had a while to explore the public areas of the Springfield-Branson National Airport on arrival while waiting for a ride into town.
In the soaring lobby/baggage claim area, there’s a replica of the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer and a 3/4 scale Curtis Jenny, the first mass produced American aircraft. After World War I, stunt pilots used this type of plane in airshows and signage at the airport tells us that in May 1918 the US Postal Service began using Jennys for the first scheduled U.S. Air Mail Service.
EZ-1, the first fire rescue vehicle used by the Springfield Municipal Airport, is also on display.
SGF airport has an art gallery with mulitple display areas in the pre and post-security areas. The current exhibit – Come Fly with Me – is up through mid-November.
And in the newstand I found a great cow-tipping t-shirt. Is that really a thing?